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  • LONDON, April 14- British Prime Minister David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday called on Russia to unequivocally condemn the occupation of government buildings in eastern Ukraine.

  • French minister in Cuba as Europe seeks opening Saturday, 12 Apr 2014 | 2:52 PM ET

    HAVANA— A French foreign minister visited Cuba for the first time in more than 30 years Saturday, traveling to the communist-run nation at a time when it is seeking to attract more foreign investment and improve ties with the European Union.

  • PARIS, April 8- Things are changing in France's business world. But if you think that signals the end of the Gallic sneer at "Anglo-Saxon" ways- the free-market bent of the Americans and British- last week's promotion to economy minister for the interventionist Arnaud Montebourg is a reminder that laissez-faire government remains, in France, a linguistic irony.

  • France's new prime minister wins confidence vote Tuesday, 8 Apr 2014 | 6:15 AM ET

    PARIS— French lawmakers gave their country's new prime minister a vote of confidence Tuesday that is seen as an endorsement of his plans for an economic turnaround built on tax cuts and slashing bureaucracy to the extent that he plans to redraw the map of France.

  • The International Monetary Fund has already called on Europe to do more ahead of the IMF April 11-13 Spring gathering, alongside which G20 finance ministers and central bankers will meet.

  • PARIS, April 3- France's new government faced a first test of unity on Thursday as a power struggle broke out between Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and new Economy Minister Arnaud Montebourg over control of trade policy.

  • PARIS, April 3- France's new government faced a first test of unity on Thursday as a power struggle broke out between Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and new Economy Minister Arnaud Montebourg over control of trade policy.

  • *Trade deficit stands at about 61 bln euros. PARIS, April 2- French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, who has stood out in an otherwise unpopular government for his firm handling of international crises, is to take on responsibility for improving the country's weak trade performance, diplomatic sources said.

  • France's Royal offers Hollande her "green" credentials Wednesday, 2 Apr 2014 | 10:57 AM ET

    *Green Party keeps distance under new premier Valls. The naming in Wednesday's government reshuffle of Royal, an ex-partner of President Francois Hollande, is seen partly as an attempt to maintain Green Party support for an unpopular Socialist government with a thin parliamentary majority.

  • BUSINESS-NEWS-SCHEDULE AT 1230 GMT / 8.30 AM ET Wednesday, 2 Apr 2014 | 8:55 AM ET

    PARIS- Arnaud Montebourg, a fierce critic of budget austerity, is named French economy minister in a reshuffled government that President Francois Hollande has charged with halting France's economic decline. EU regulators fine Goldman Sachs, Prysmian for cable cartel.

  • PARIS, April 2- A fierce critic of budget austerity was named French economy minister on Wednesday in a reshuffled government packed with strident personalities, including President Francois Hollande's former live-in partner Segolene Royal.

  • *He stopped Yahoo buying French online video-sharing firm. PARIS, April 2- Leftist Arnaud Montebourg, known for attacking big business and the European Commission, reaped a political harvest on Wednesday when he was put in charge of an enlarged economy and industry ministry in a choice that may unnerve Brussels and Berlin.

  • *French malaise overshadows Europe's recovery from crisis. PARIS, April 1- As President Francois Hollande goes through the French mid-term ritual of sacking his government and appointing a new one, promising a dynamic "fresh start" after a local election drubbing, Europe is left as usual waiting for France.

  • *New PM Valls is on right-wing of Socialist Party. PARIS, March 31- President Francois Hollande named centrist Interior Minister Manuel Valls as his new prime minister on Monday, replacing Jean-Marc Ayrault who quit after ruling Socialists were trounced in local French elections.

  • *New PM Valls is on right-wing of Socialist Party. PARIS, March 31- French President Francois Hollande chose centrist Interior Minister Manuel Valls as his new prime minister on Monday, a coalition source said, replacing Jean-Marc Ayrault who quit after the ruling Socialists were trounced in local elections.

  • *National Front wins 11 town halls. *FN leader Le Pen: party can take lead in EU elections. PARIS, March 31- President Francois Hollande will make a televised statement on his government as early as Monday, a close ally said, after a local poll drubbing for his party handed the far-right victory in a record number of French towns.

  • PARIS, March 31- France cut its public sector deficit less quickly than planned last year, missing the government's target and presenting a new setback for President Francois Hollande. Voters frustrated with a rising tax burden and Hollande's broken promises to turn around the economy punished his Socialist Party in a local election at the weekend.

  • *National Front wins 11 town halls. *FN leader Le Pen: party can take lead in EU elections. PARIS, March 31- President Francois Hollande was due to take soundings on a possible cabinet reshuffle on Monday after a drubbing for his Socialists in local elections handed the far-right National Front victory in a record number of towns.

  • PARIS, March 31- France cut its public sector deficit less quickly than planned last year, missing the government's target, official figures showed on Monday in a new setback for President Francois Hollande.

  • PARIS, March 26- PSA Peugeot Citroen's tie-up with China's Dongfeng was signed on Wednesday, bringing the French carmaker much-needed cash and greater access to Asia but leaving major challenges ahead.

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