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  • French finance minister adrift on sea of broken promises Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 11:42 AM ET

    PARIS, Aug 14- Photos of France's portly finance minister rowing a tiny boat on holiday circulated social media on Thursday- emblematic of a French economic ship for which, under the current government, prosperity is always beyond the horizon.

  • French economy stagnates in 2nd quarter Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 2:31 AM ET

    PARIS— France's economy stagnated in the second quarter, leaving President Francois Hollande increasingly desperate to fulfill his two-year-old pledge to get the country growing again. France's plight, he argued, was part of a broader economic malaise in Europe.

  • PARIS, Aug 12- France kept its title as the world's top tourist destination in 2013, drawing nearly 85 million visitors despite a lackluster economic situation as Chinese interest intensified and North Americans surged back to the country.

  • *NY Times says Obama weighing airstrikes, White House cautious. *France, Pope urge international action to stop Islamists.

  • FRANKFURT, Aug 7- The European Central Bank signalled on Thursday it stands ready to print money and buy bonds if the euro zone slides towards deflation and warned the conflict in Ukraine poses a serious risk to the bloc's economy.

  • *Draghi flag heightened geopolitical risks, led by Ukraine. FRANKFURT, Aug 7- The Ukraine crisis has heightened risks to the euro zone's weak and uneven economic recovery, and a tit-for-tat sanctions war could compound the problem, the European Central Bank said on Thursday as it held borrowing rates at record low levels.

  • *Draghi expected to flag risks from Ukraine. FRANKFURT, Aug 7- The European Central Bank held borrowing rates on Thursday as it pinned its hopes on lending measures to bolster a struggling euro zone economy facing further damage from the Ukraine conflict. "The euro zone is at a crossroads and the economy can go either way," said James Knightley, an economist with ING.

  • *Draghi expected to highlight risks from Ukraine conflict. FRANKFURT, Aug 7- The European Central Bank is set to hold fire on rates on Thursday as it waits for earlier stimulus measures to gain traction, while keeping an eye on emerging risks from the conflict in Ukraine.

  • FRANKFURT, Aug 6- European Central Bank President Mario Draghi held talks with incoming European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday, against the backdrop of a debate among euro zone policymakers about their fiscal rules.

  • BUSINESS-NEWS-SCHEDULE AT 1230 GMT / 8.30 AM ET Monday, 4 Aug 2014 | 8:56 AM ET

    LONDON- Europe's largest bank HSBC warns that regulators' zeal to punish wrongdoing is putting its staff off taking reasonable business risks, as it reports a 12 percent drop in first-half profit. Portugal in $6.6 bln rescue of Banco Espirito Santo.

  • PARIS, July 29- France will mobilise about 10 billion euros for a package of tax breaks, low-cost loans and bonuses to boost investment in renewable energy and cut the country's oil and gas bill, Energy Minister Segolene Royal said on Tuesday.

  • French PM says euro too strong, EU must do more Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 2:18 AM ET

    PARIS, July 24- France's prime minister on Thursday called for the European Union to do more to help those member states carrying out reforms and reiterated France's views that the euro is overvalued.

  • *Several ministers call for arms embargo on Russia. BRUSSELS, July 22- The European Union threatened Russia on Tuesday with harsher sanctions over Ukraine that could inflict wider damage on its economy following the downing of a Malaysian airliner, but it delayed action for a few days.

  • *Several ministers call for arms embargo on Russia. BRUSSELS, July 22- The European Union threatened Russia on Tuesday with harsher sanctions over Ukraine that could inflict wider damage on its economy following the downing of a Malaysian airliner, but it delayed action for a few days.

  • BRUSSELS, July 22- The European Union threatened Russia on Tuesday with harsher sanctions over Ukraine, but failed to back tough talk with any immediate action after France's president signalled the disputed delivery of a warship to Moscow would go ahead.

  • *France has until 2015 to bring its deficit to 3 pct of GDP. PARIS, July 22- France will not accelerate cuts in public spending even though disappointing growth could make it difficult to meet EU fiscal targets, President Francois Hollande said.

  • BRUSSELS, July 22- European Union foreign ministers threatened Russia on Tuesday with harsher sanctions over Ukraine, but tougher talk may not be matched by much action after France's president signalled the disputed delivery of a warship to Moscow would go ahead.

  • BRUSSELS, July 22- European Union foreign ministers threatened Russia on Tuesday with harsher sanctions over Ukraine, but tougher talk may not be matched by much action after France's president signaled the disputed delivery of a warship to Moscow would go ahead.

  • *Britain: Russia risks becoming' pariah state'. LONDON/ PARIS, July 20- Britain, Germany and France agreed on Sunday they should be ready to ratchet up sanctions on Russia over the downing of a Malaysian jet carrying 298 passengers when European foreign ministers meet in Brussels on Tuesday.

  • *EU steps up sanctions vs Russia over Ukraine. BRUSSELS, July 16- European Union leaders failed to agree at a summit on Wednesday on sharing out a package of top jobs in the 28- nation bloc, including a new foreign policy chief, and postponed the decision until late August.