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  • *Europe airlines squeezed by budget rivals, Gulf carriers. "We're continuing to negotiate, we have made proposals, we have heard the concerns of pilots who imagined that Transavia France could suddenly replace all of Air France across France," Air France Chief Executive Frederic Gagey told Europe 1 radio.

  • *BNP Paribas tasked to find buyers for field- sources. LONDON/ LAGOS, Sept 16- France's Total SA, Europe's second largest oil company, has put one of its offshore Nigerian oil fields up for sale again, the company said, after a 2012 deal with Sinopec Corp failed.

  • Economy at heart of confidence vote for French PM Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 4:25 AM ET

    PARIS— France's prime minister defended his plan of economic reforms ahead of a vote of confidence Tuesday that will determine whether his government can push through critical spending and tax cuts— or even survive.

  • Business Highlights Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 5:46 PM ET

    'Minecraft' could boost Microsoft's mobile reach. NEW YORK— Microsoft's decision to spend $2.5 billion for the creator of the hit game "Minecraft" could help the Xbox maker grab attention on mobile phones, a new priority for the company. In addition, the founders of Mojang, the Swedish company behind "Minecraft," aren't staying with Microsoft.

  • WASHINGTON/ LONDON, Sept 14- Washington said countries in the Middle East had offered to join air strikes against Islamic State militants and Australia said it would send troops, but Britain held back even after the group beheaded a British hostage and threatened to kill another.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 15- U.S. "There was a lot of anxiety last week about the Fed... and that had pushed yields up but at this point the market may have adequately priced in all that," said Robert Tipp, chief investment strategist at Prudential Fixed Income in Newark, New Jersey.

  • Video-streaming giant Netflix launches in France Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 2:24 PM ET

    PARIS— Video-streaming giant Netflix has launched in France as part of a push to tap six new European markets. He said he was proud that Netflix was in France because filmmaking was an "integral part of French culture."

  • Jean Paul Gaultier to stop making ready-to-wear Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 1:40 PM ET

    PARIS— The house of Jean Paul Gaultier has announced that it is stopping women's and men's ready-to-wear collections. Gaultier, known as Paris fashion's enfant terrible, has been designing ready-to-wear for nearly 40 years. The house's ready-to-wear swan song for spring-summer 2015 will be presented later this month in Paris.

  • *Paris conference supports military action in Iraq, no mention of Syria. PARIS/ DUBAI, Sept 15- Iran's supreme leader said on Monday he had personally rejected an offer from the United States for talks to fight Islamic State, an apparent blow to Washington's efforts to build a military coalition to fight militants in both Iraq and Syria.

  • PARIS, Sept 15- European shares slipped on Monday, with stocks trading in a narrow range before Scotland votes on independence and the Federal Reserve holds it latest policy meeting, both events that are due later this week.

  • Why hire? French confront reasons for malaise Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 10:52 AM ET

    PARIS— Marc Winocour and his two sons have enjoyed some success transforming the family farm into a field-to-table company that includes bread ovens, delivery trucks and a boutique. "When we are totally swamped, that is when we start talking about" hiring, said Emile Winocour, the older of the brothers.

  • PARIS, Sept 15- World powers backed military measures on Monday to help defeat Islamic State fighters in Iraq, boosting Washington's efforts to set up a coalition, but made no mention of the tougher diplomatic challenge next door in Syria.

  • *Netflix moves fast in France on content, data centre. PARIS, Sept 15- Netflix will focus on ramping up in six new European markets in the next year, including France and Germany, before taking the video streaming service to additional countries, its chief executive said in an interview.

  • PARIS, Sept 15- The OECD slashed its growth forecasts for major developed economies on Monday, urging much more aggressive ECB stimulus to ward off the risk of deflation in a subdued euro zone.

  • Europe shares rise as M&A fever boosts brewers Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 8:08 AM ET

    *Report AB InBev seeking financing for SABMiller deal. PARIS, Sept 15- European shares rose around midday on Monday, led by a sharp rally in brewers such as SABMiller and Heineken sparked by M&A activity in the sector.

  • Eurozone economic growth forecast cut Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 6:37 AM ET

    The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, a think tank dealing with the world's developed countries, cut its forecasts for the eurozone this year to 0.8 percent from 1.2 percent in its May assessment. Italy, one of the more troubled economies in Europe, was downgraded from 0.5 percent to minus 0.4 percent.

  • Air France strike amid Europe's low-cost shakeup Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 6:14 AM ET

    Air France-KLM, which is the national carrier for France and the Netherlands, said it can ensure just 48 percent of flights Monday, 40 percent on Tuesday and perhaps less later in the week as unions protest against its savings program. Like Lufthansa, Alitalia, SAS and other national airlines in Europe, Air France-KLM is focusing on cost cuts to remain competitive.

  • PARIS, Sept 15- The OECD slashed its growth forecasts for major developed economies on Monday, urging much more aggressive ECB stimulus to ward off the risk of deflation in a subdued euro zone.

  • *France sends fighter jets for reconnaissance mission over Iraq. PARIS, Sept 15- French President Francois Hollande called on Monday for united international action to tackle the threat from Islamic State militants as he opened a conference on Iraq bringing together members of a U.S.-led coalition.

  • Air France pilot strike amid low-cost tensions Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 2:16 AM ET

    Air France is urging passengers to change or postpone travel, estimating that it can only ensure 48 percent of flights Monday. Air France-KLM announced an investment plan last week aimed at saving 1 billion euros over the next several years, and said it will transfer much of its European operations— and jobs— to low-cost carrier Transavia.