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BERLIN, Jan 15- Germany praised on Wednesday economic plans unveiled by French President Francois Hollande as a courageous "new direction" which could revitalise France just as welfare state reforms a decade ago succeeded in its larger neighbour.
PARIS, Jan 14- President Francois Hollande brushed away questions about an alleged affair with an actress on Tuesday and unveiled moves to ease company taxes, cut labour charges and trim France's high public spending to revive a stagnant economy.
French President Francois Hollande refused on Tuesday to discuss his personal life but said he would clarify the status of France's first lady.
Nicholas Spiro, managing director at Spiro Sovereign Strategy and Philippe Waechter, head of economic research at Natixis Asset Management, discuss France and whether President Francois Hollande will push through with reforms.
CNBC's Stephane Pedrazzi looks at French president Francois Hollande's reputation following allegations he was having an affair.
*Failed to halt rise in unemployment last year. PARIS, Jan 12- The coming weeks will tell whether Francois Hollande can pick up the pieces of his accident-prone presidency and start to pull the euro zone's second-largest economy out of decline.
*Failed to halt rise in unemployment last year. PARIS, Jan 12- The coming weeks will tell whether Francois Hollande can pick up the pieces of his accident-prone presidency and start to pull the euro zone's second-largest economy out of decline. But we will judge the deeds, "said analyst Bruno Cavalier at Paris- based Oddo Securities.
French president, Francois Hollande is said to be considering legal action against Closer Magazine which published a seven-page spread on his alleged affair with an actress, reports CNBC's Stephane Pedrazzi.
French president Francois Hollande has threatened legal action against Closer magazine after it published pictures and information about his alleged affair with actress Julie Gayet.
Philippe Waechter, head of economic research at Natixis Asset Management, says Italy and France are late in implementing structural reforms, but Spain is doing well after a stellar set of jobs numbers.
Michala Marcussen, global head of economics at Société Générale Corporate and Investment Banking, discusses the 75 percent tax rate on high earners in France, after President Francois Hollande’s controversial reform got the green light.
Gilles Moec, co-head of European economic research at Deutsche Bank, says any push for further European integration against a back drop of anti-European sentiment would be a "political gamble" for French president Francois Hollande.
Europe is seeking to agree by year-end on how to close failing banks, part of an ambitious plan to create a single banking framework.
As corruption allegations against Nicolas Sarkozy dropped by French investigators, will he return to the political scene?
Carla Bruni-Sarkozy said the truth will come out regarding the Bettencourt affair, and she is in no doubt of her husband's innocence.
Just over a year since she left France's presidential residence, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy told CNBC she doesn't miss being the country's first lady.
Do the French want to see former president, Nicolas Sarkozy, who failed to win a second term in power, return to implement reforms?
Jean-Francois Cope, president of the opposition UMP party, tells CNBC that France needs to implement structural reforms like Germany did ten years ago under Gerhard Schroder.
Jean-Francois Cope, president of the opposition UMP party, tells CNBC that he advocates a very strong relationship between France and Germany.
France must improve its relationship with Germany, the leader of France's opposition party said on Wednesday, following speculation about a rift between the countries' leaders.