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  • PARIS, Oct 9- France's lower house of parliament approved ratification of a European budget discipline treaty by a large majority on Tuesday, paving the way for its adoption in the euro zone's second-biggest economy.

  • PARIS, Oct 9- French riot police used teargas to disperse protesters outside the Paris auto show on Tuesday, during nationwide demonstrations over mounting job losses in a country where unemployment is at its highest since 1999 and economic growth at a standstill.

  • *Civil service benefits straining public finances. PARIS, Oct 9- Savouring a long lunch after a morning tending to baby quince and pear trees, the French Senate's 78 gardeners are blissfully untouched by the economic crisis gnawing at Europe's core.

  • PARIS, Oct 9- French riot police fired teargas to disperse protesters outside the Paris auto show on Tuesday as people marched nationwide to denounce hardship and job losses in a country where unemployment is at its highest since 1999 and economic growth has stopped.

  • PARIS, Oct 9- France's lower house of parliament voted to ratify a European budget discipline treaty on Tuesday as most left-wing lawmakers got behind Socialist President Francois Hollande on a law seen as key to restoring euro zone stability.

  • PARIS, Oct 5- French automaker Renault plans to build more than 70 percent of its Clio subcompacts in Turkey, union sources said, in a shift abroad that could inflame tensions with workers and the government, its biggest shareholder.

  • France's Sarkozy mulling 2017 re-election bid - paper Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 1:49 PM ET

    PARIS, Oct 3- Nicolas Sarkozy has told a friend he has "no choice" but to seek re-election to the French presidency in 2017, weekly paper Le Canard Enchaine reported on Wednesday, after saying he would quit politics following his election defeat in May.

  • French First Lady shuns TV job, regrets Royal tweet Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 7:22 AM ET

    PARIS, Oct 3- France's "First Lady" is dropping plans to relaunch a TV career but says that she will not quit as a journalist at Paris Match magazine because she wants to raise her children without depending on President Francois Hollande for money.

  • *Regrets Twitter swipe at Segolene Royal* Says TV work may not be fitting, but magazine work vital* Popularity rating sinks in new poll By Brian Love.

  • Luxury king reawakens sleeping beauty Schiaparelli Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 12:31 AM ET

    PARIS, Oct 1- Fresh from the successful re-launch of sleepy French shoemaker Roger Vivier, Italy's king of luxury Tod's Chairman Diego Della Valle is resuscitating Schiaparelli, a fashion brand inspired by Surrealists that has lain dormant since 1954..

  • Big European Funds Dump Euro Assets Thursday, 24 May 2012 | 11:56 PM ET
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    Some of Europe’s biggest fund managers have confirmed they are dumping euro assets amid rising fears over a possible Greek exit from the euro zone and single currency turmoil, the Financial Times reports.

  • France's Hollande Is Made President     Tuesday, 15 May 2012 | 4:40 AM ET

    French socialist Francois Hollande is inaugurated as president in the Elysee Palace in Paris; Nicolas Sarkozy takes his leave.

  • Will the Real '@Angela_d_Merkel' Please Stand Up? Wednesday, 9 May 2012 | 3:08 AM ET
    The German chancellor will open the forum in Switzerland. During Europe’s debt crisis, Merkel has emerged as a powerful figure. No doubt she’ll continue to be much watched at Davos. European leaders on Jan. 14 promised to expedite plans to strengthen spending rules and get a permanent bailout fund established, after Standard & Poor’s of several euro zone countries' creditworthiness.

    In the cacophony of the euro zone debt crisis, there are some voices that matter. Eurogroup chair Jean-Claude Juncker. German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble. EU Commissioner Olli Rehn. And, of course, "@Queen_Europe,” a.k.a. the Twitter artist formerly known as "@Angela_d_Merkel.”

  • Hollande Wins French Presidential Election     Sunday, 6 May 2012 | 8:06 PM ET

    French President Nicolas Sarkozy concedes defeat to Socialist Francois Hollande in Sunday's presidential election. CNBC's Stephane Pedrazzi filed this report.

  • Angry European Voters Head to the Left Sunday, 6 May 2012 | 5:59 PM ET
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    It has been a weekend of major change in the European political landscape, with elections in France, Greece, the UK, Germany and Italy.  Some observers are now saying that if the politics of austerity continue, Europe could be in danger of breaking up.

  • How to Profit From European Politics Friday, 4 May 2012 | 7:09 PM ET

    Sunday will bring elections in both France and Greece. Here's your trading strategy.

  • Setback for Sarkozy as Bayrou Backs Rival Friday, 4 May 2012 | 3:03 AM ET
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    President Nicolas Sarkozy’s hopes of re-election suffered a further knock when the leader of France’s centrist party shifted his support to the Socialist challenger already buoyed by a strong performance in the campaign’s only head-to-head television debate, the Financial Times reports.

  • Europe’s 'May Day' Not All About Barbecues Tuesday, 1 May 2012 | 7:51 AM ET

    May Day, Europe’s equivalent to the U.S. Labor Day, is traditionally a protest day, a symbol for workers and trade unions, but upcoming elections in France and Greece are bringing a new level of political importance to the annual holiday.

  • Hedge Funds Bet Against Euro Zone Monday, 30 Apr 2012 | 5:50 AM ET
    Francois Hollande, Socialist Party (PS) candidate for the 2012 French presidential election, speaks in a gymnasium during a visit on January 29, 2012 in Paris, during the traditional Chinese New Year festivities in the French capital.

    Hedge fund managers make for unlikely supporters of François Hollande, the French socialist presidential candidate, the Financial Times reports.

  • French Socialist Party (PS) candidate for the upcoming Presidential Election Francois Hollande addresses the audience during a campaign meeting at Le Bourget on January 22, 2012 in Paris, France.

    The front-runner for the French presidency, the Socialist candidate François Hollande, said on Wednesday that if elected he would ask other European leaders to renegotiate a fiscal treaty in order to promote growth, the New York Times reports.