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  • Douglas Yates, assistant professor of political science at the American University of Paris, tells CNBC that it is unusual how rapidly presidential approval for Francois Hollande has fallen, with his ratings as low as late Sarkozy.

  • Brewers Battle to Reverse French 150% Tax Increase Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 8:01 AM ET

    Government plans for a 160 percent increase in the tax on beer, has left the French beer industry reeling.

  • European bank supervisor step closer but deal hazy Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 3:55 AM ET

    Although the leaders meeting in Brussels said their decisions on the watchdog _ the single supervisory mechanism _ were key to shoring up lenders and eventually giving them access to loans from Europe's bailout fund, many observers were struggling to figure out exactly what had been achieved.

  • Leaders agree to have ECB supervise all euro banks Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 10:58 PM ET

    BRUSSELS-- European Union leaders agreed early Friday to create a single supervisor for banks in countries that use the euro _ without saying when it would become fully operational.

  • EU leaders agree on bank supervisor Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 10:07 PM ET

    BRUSSELS-- European Union leaders announced early Friday they had agreed to create a single supervisor for banks in countries that use the euro _ without saying when it would become fully operational.

  • Diplomats: EU chiefs agree on bank supervisor Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 4:27 PM ET

    BRUSSELS-- European Union leaders announced early Friday they had agreed to create a single supervisor for banks in countries that use the euro, and said it would "probably" become operational sometime next year. France has been pushing to get all 6,000 banks in the 17 euro countries under the supervision of one European body by the end of this year.

  • News Summary: Low expectations for Brussels summit Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 4:04 PM ET

    SCRAPPING: European Union leaders are tussling at a Brussels summit over how much power to cede to central authorities to ensure their debt crisis never repeats itself.

  • Battle lines being drawn at Brussels summit Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 11:31 AM ET

    BRUSSELS-- European Union leaders are tussling over how much power they want to cede to central authorities during a summit meeting in Brussels focused on how to ensure their debt crisis never repeats itself.

  • Battles lines being drawn at Brussels summit Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 10:49 AM ET

    BRUSSELS-- European leaders were drawing battle lines Thursday as they headed for a summit in Brussels, with France pushing back against Germany's call for a new czar with wide powers to veto countries' budgets.

  • Maria's Observation: Invest in France?     Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 4:57 PM ET

    France has an economy that has not grown in 3 quarters, with a record trade deficit. CNBC's Maria Bartiromo shares her observation on investing in the country.

  • France's 'Rich' Tax = Deals on Paris Mansions Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 2:32 PM ET
    This townhouse in Villa Montmorency, one of Paris's best neighborhoods, is on the market for about $18 million.

    The 75 percent tax on millionaires in France has caused more of the rich to put their homes up for sale. But don't expect bargains in Paris, where prices remains high.

  • France to set up state-backed investment bank Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 7:58 AM ET

    PARIS-- France is creating a new government-backed investment bank that will aim to spur economic growth by lending to small and medium-sized enterprises. Jean-Pierre Jouyet, the head of French state-owned financial institution CDC, has been named chairman of the new investment bank, known by its French intials BPI.

  • Germany: No decision on banking union at EU summit Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 5:45 AM ET

    BERLIN-- A top German government official on Wednesday dashed hopes of swift progress on strengthening Europe's financial sector, saying this week's summit of the bloc's 27 leaders won't make any final decisions on setting up a single banking supervisor.

  • France backs IMF's anti-austerity call -finmin Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 11:57 AM ET

    PARIS, Oct 12- France supports the IMF's call to give indebted southern European countries more time to improve their finances, Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici told a newspaper on Friday, putting Paris at loggerheads with Berlin.

  • *Rescued bank Dexia declines to comment, state keeps distance. PARIS, France, Oct 12- French towns that say they were tricked into taking out risky loans from rescued lender Dexia are refusing to repay them in full and are asking President Francois Hollande for a bailout.

  • Hollande Pushes to Exempt Art from Wealth Tax Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 4:59 PM ET
    French President Francois Hollande.

    Seeking to avoid more division over his wealth tax hike, the French president moved to squelch a legislative amendment that would extend the tax to art assets.

  • Hollande eyes new chapter in Franco-African relations Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 1:48 PM ET

    *Aims to promote democcracy in Africa. Hollande, who heads to the Democratic Republic of Congo on Saturday for a gathering of French-speaking nations, has promised to promote democracy in Africa and break with an era of collusion between French and autocratic African leaders.

  • REFILE-Spain comfortable with waiting game on aid Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 11:59 AM ET

    MADRID, Oct 11- Spain is comfortable putting off an international aid request for weeks or even months as it waits out German political obstacles and seeks greater definition on the European Central Bank's bond-buying programme, analysts and sources say. Spain must first sign up for a European rescue plan to trigger the bond buying.

  • Spain comfortable with waiting game on aid Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 11:03 AM ET

    MADRID, Oct 11- Spain is comfortable putting off an international aid request for weeks or even months as it waits out German political obstacles and seeks greater definition on the European Central Bank's bond-buying programme, analysts and sources say. Spain must first sign up for a European rescue plan to trigger the bond buying.

  • Spanish bailout dilemma gets more acute Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 3:17 AM ET

    As well as citing the deepening economic recession in Spain and rising levels of social discontent, the agency said the government's hesitation in requesting help was "potentially raising the risks to Spain's rating."