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  • *Funding scandal adds pressure on Sarkozy party. PARIS, May 26- A senior official in France's UMP party acknowledged on Monday that "anomalies" had occured to cover the costs of Nicolas Sarkozy's failed 2012 election campaign, in a scandal that threatens to damage the party.

  • *New Commission head to be named after parliament election. BRUSSELS, May 26- Draped down the side of the European Commission's headquarters, a 13- storey-tall banner urged citizens to vote in the European Parliament elections, proclaiming in English, French and Dutch: "This time it's different."

  • LONDON/ AMSTERDAM, May 23- Britain's Eurosceptic UK Independence Party made strong gains but their Dutch counterparts stumbled in elections to the European Parliament that are expected to produce a widespread anti-EU vote thanks in part to a low turnout.

  • UK skeptics surge, Dutch stumble as EU votes Friday, 23 May 2014 | 5:14 AM ET

    LONDON/ AMSTERDAM, May 23- Britain's Eurosceptic UK Independence Party made strong gains but their Dutch counterparts stumbled as more countries voted on Friday in European Parliament elections expected to produce a widespread anti-EU protest vote on a very low turnout.

  • May 21- General Electric Co Chief Executive Jeff Immelt said on Wednesday that GE is still going to "work constructively" with the French government on its bid for the power business of Alstom and that he expects the deal to close.

  • PARIS, May 20- French nuclear group Areva could be interested in a deal for Alstom's wind turbines unit, its CEO said on Tuesday, while adding Areva was not directly involved in talks over the possible sale of Alstom's energy business.

  • *China new home prices fall to one-year low in April. Asian and European equities fell after data released late on Sunday showed growth in average new home prices in China slowed to a near one-year low in April.

  • *China new home prices falls to 1- year low in April. NEW YORK, May 19- U.S. oil prices rose on Monday as a weak U.S. dollar prompted buying, while Brent prices fell as concerns about China's slowing economy dragged global equities down and outweighed low Libyan output.

  • Monday's meeting- which the official said was called to "take stock of the situation in the Alstom case"- took place aas Germany's Siemens mulls a possible rival deal with Alstom alongside that proposed by U.S. group General Electric.

  • The meeting, taking place at a time when Germany's Siemens is expected to propose a rival deal with Alstom to one proposed by U.S. group General Electric, involves Prime Minister Manuel Valls, Economy Minister Arnaud Montebourg and Segolene Royal, minister for the environment and energy.

  • *Obama, Hollande agree Russia to face further costs over Ukraine. SINGAPORE, May 19- Brent crude rose to $110 a barrel on Monday on renewed concerns over Libya's oil output and following some of the worst violence in Tripoli since the 2011 war against Muammar Gaddafi.

  • Brent rises to $110 on Libya violence, fall in output Monday, 19 May 2014 | 12:22 AM ET

    *Obama, Hollande agree Russia to face further costs over Ukraine. SINGAPORE, May 19- Brent crude rose to $110 a barrel on Monday on renewed concerns over Libya's oil output and following some of the worst violence in Tripoli since the 2011 war against Muammar Gaddafi.

  • President Barack Obama spoke with French President Francois Hollande about the situation in Ukraine on Friday and the two agreed Russia faces "significant" further costs if it continues provocative and destabilizing behavior, the White House said.

  • President Barack Obama spoke with French President Francois Hollande about the situation in Ukraine on Friday and the two agreed Russia faces "significant" further costs if it continues provocative and destabilizing behavior, the White House said.

  • MENTON, France, May 18- Convicted rogue trader Jerome Kerviel was arrested in southern France late on Sunday to serve a three-year jail sentence in a high-profile case he has depicted as one individual's struggle against high finance.

  • VENTIMIGLIA, Italy, May 18- Convicted rogue trader Jerome Kerviel said on Sunday he would return to France, where he faces a jail sentence, after first saying he would stay in Italy. The trader has spent over three years fighting charges stemming from massive market bets that brought French bank Societe Generale close to collapse in 2008..

  • PARIS, May 18- Convicted rogue trader Jerome Kerviel said on Sunday he would stay in Italy rather than report to a French police station as required to start serving a three-year jail sentence. He embarked on a march on foot from Rome to Paris earlier this year, meeting the pope and portraying his case as one individual's struggle against high finance.

  • *Analyst says could deter GE from bid for Alstom assets. PARIS, May 15- The French government gave itself the power to block foreign corporate takeovers in "strategic" sectors on Thursday, throwing up a potential roadblock to General Electric's $16.9 billion bid for Alstom's energy assets.

  • PARIS, May 15- Weak consumer spending and business investment brought France's economy to a standstill in the first quarter of the year, raising doubts over the government's growth forecast and its pledge to meet EU deficit targets.

  • France will now need 0.5 percent growth each quarter to meet a government forecast of 1 percent growth for 2014, Natixis Asset Management chief economist Philippe Waechter estimated, saying that would be hard to achieve. If we don't achieve it France will not meet its targets for 2014 and 2015. ".