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  • PARIS, June 3- German Chancellor Angela Merkel has asked France whether it would be willing to put forward International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde as president of the European Commission, two French sources briefed on the exchanges said.

  • *Diplomatic ties strained over Syria, Russia. PARIS/ NEW YORK, June 3- France stepped up its protests to the United States on Tuesday over a possible $10 billion- plus sanctions busting fine for its biggest bank BNP Paribas, saying such a move could hurt transatlantic free-trade talks.

  • PARIS, June 3- France's foreign minister said on Tuesday his country would defend the interests of bank BNP Paribas after sources said it faced the prospect of a $10 billion- plus fine from the United States, saying such a penalty was "unreasonable."

  • *EU Commission asks France to spell out economic plans. BRUSSELS, June 2- The European Commission told France and Italy on Monday to stick to their pledges to curb spending while reforming their economies, showing little sign of wavering on EU budget rules.

  • EU tells France and Italy to keep budget promises Monday, 2 Jun 2014 | 12:42 PM ET

    *EU Commission asks France to spell out economic plans. BRUSSELS, June 2- The European Commission told France and Italy on Monday to stick to their pledges to curb spending while reforming their economies, showing little sign of wavering on EU budget rules.

  • PARIS, June 2- France is wary of speaking out about a U.S. criminal probe into BNP Paribas, putting bilateral ties ahead of a threatened $10 billion- plus fine for its biggest listed bank, lawmakers indicated on Monday.

  • Fears that a looming U.S. fine on BNP Paribas over allegations it evaded U.S. sanctions against Iran and other countries for years hit France's biggest bank on Friday, driving its shares sharply lower.

  • Siemens CEO tries to calm storm over job cut leak Friday, 30 May 2014 | 6:08 PM ET
    Joe Kaeser, chief executive officer of Siemens AG, during a news conference in Berlin, Germany, May 7, 2014.

    The CEO of German conglomerate Siemens tried to calm a storm over job cuts after he let slip that his restructuring plan might cut 11,600 jobs.

  • GE's Alstom offer adds 1,000 French jobs: Sources Wednesday, 28 May 2014 | 10:43 AM ET
    An Alstom welding instructor uses a sound wave sensor to test for defects in welded metal joints at Alstom SA's welding training facility in Stafford, U.K., May 12, 2014.

    General Electric has improved its offer for French train and turbine maker Alstom, with a pledge to create 1,000 jobs in France, sources said.

  • GE trumpets jet venture to bolster Alstom bid Tuesday, 29 Apr 2014 | 5:49 AM ET
    Jeff Immelt, chairman and chief executive officer of General Electric Co.

    General Electric hopes that three letters - CFM - will convince French leaders to back its offer to rescue Alstom.

  • Warnings fly in tense call between Obama and Putin Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 9:38 AM ET
    President Barack Obama

    President Obama said to President Putin during a phone call that Russia would have to face further sanctions if it continues its actions in Ukraine.

  • Valls speech signalled 'u-turn': Pro     Wednesday, 9 Apr 2014 | 3:30 AM ET

    Sophie Pedder, the Economist's Paris bureau chief, says new French prime minister Manuel Valls signaled a "u-turn" in policy, announcing tax and spending cuts.

  • Howard Davies, professor at Sciences Po, says issues in France such as high unemployment will force president Francois Hollande into a policy change.

  • Bruno Jeanbart, director of political studies and opinion polls at Opinionway, discusses whether any big wins the National Front may gain in this weekend┬┐s French local elections will be repeated on a national scale.

  • 'Worst moment' for French president?     Monday, 24 Mar 2014 | 12:45 PM ET

    Douglas Yates, assistant professor of political sciences at the American University of Paris, comments on the outcome of the first round of the French local elections and what it means for the national agenda.

  • Douglas Webber, professor of political science at INSEAD, says the European elections in May could be a "major earthquake" for the French socialist party as they could lose out to far-right candidates.

  • Jonathan Fenby, director of China research at Trusted Sources, says France's National Front is winning working class voters who would have traditionally voted for left-wing parties.

  • Antonio Barroso, senior vice president at Teneo Intelligence, says the while the opposition is likely to win more votes during France's local elections, the ruling Socialist party will be able to limit the damage.

  • Edmund Shing, global equity portfolio manager at BCS Financial Group, says the French public is "disillusioned" with President Francois Hollande's left, and the political right wing in the country.

  • People hold placards Ukrainian flags and a banner during a demonstration to support Ukraine's Pro-European protesters on March 5, 2014 in Paris.

    Crimea's parliament voted to join Russia on Thursday and its Moscow-backed government set a referendum within 10 days in an escalation of the crisis over Crimea.