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  • PARIS, July 8- French parliament passed a series of welfare cuts on Tuesday despite widespread abstention by left-wing deputies as a major teachers' union became the third to boycott a labor forum hosted by President Francois Hollande.

  • Third union slams door on French labor talks Tuesday, 8 Jul 2014 | 5:08 AM ET

    PARIS, July 8- France's main teachers' union became the third on Tuesday to boycott a labor summit hosted by President Francois Hollande's government in a bid to kickstart job creation.

  • Third union slams door on French labour talks Tuesday, 8 Jul 2014 | 5:08 AM ET

    PARIS, July 8- France's main teachers' union became the third on Tuesday to boycott a labour summit hosted by President Francois Hollande's government in a bid to kickstart job creation.

  • WASHINGTON, July 7- President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande decided on Monday that Europe should impose further costs on Russia if Moscow does not immediately take steps to de-escalate tensions in eastern Ukraine, the White House said. The two leaders spoke by phone.

  • PARIS, July 4- A government-hosted conference to bring workers and employers together to address record joblessness was boycotted by two unions on Monday, with the ruling Socialist Party blaming employer groups for the breakdown.

  • PARIS, July 4- A major French trade union is to boycott a labor summit designed to combat record unemployment and others threatened to follow suit on Monday as ruling Socialist officials accused employers of giving nothing in return for billions of euros in tax credits.

  • French labour summit opens with boycott threat Monday, 7 Jul 2014 | 4:47 AM ET

    PARIS, July 4- French unions threatened on Monday to boycott a labour summit designed to combat record-high unemployment, while ruling Socialist officials accused employers of giving nothing in return for billions of euros in tax credits.

  • French labor summit opens with boycott threat Monday, 7 Jul 2014 | 4:47 AM ET

    PARIS, July 4- French unions threatened on Monday to boycott a labor summit designed to combat record-high unemployment, while ruling Socialist officials accused employers of giving nothing in return for billions of euros in tax credits.

  • *Putin says he and Europe could not sway Poroshenko on ceasefire. KIEV, July 1- Ukrainian forces struck at pro-Russian separatist bases in eastern regions with air and artillery strikes on Tuesday after President Petro Poroshenko announced he would not renew a ceasefire but go on the offensive to rid Ukraine of "parasites".

  • *France targets 2014 public deficit at 3.8 pct of GDP. PARIS, July 1- France's lower house of parliament backed a supplementary budget for 2014 by a large majority on Tuesday, a relief for President Francois Hollande as his Socialist party managed, for now, to contain opposition within its own ranks.

  • PARIS, July 1- France's lower house of parliament backed on Tuesday a supplementary budget for 2014 by 307 votes to 232, as the government managed to contain opposition within its own ruling Socialist party ranks.

  • *US Justice Dept due to hold news conference- sources. PARIS/ NEW YORK, June 30- The U.S. Justice Department is expected to announce on Monday a settlement with BNP Paribas involving a record fine of nearly $9 billion over alleged U.S. sanctions violations by France's biggest bank, sources familiar with the matter said.

  • PARIS/ NEW YORK, June 29- The U.S. Justice Department is expected to announce on Monday a settlement with BNP Paribas involving a record fine of nearly $9 billion over alleged U.S. sanctions violations by France's biggest bank, sources familiar with the matter said.

  • YPRES, Belgium/ BRUSSELS, June 26- European Union leaders gathered in Belgium for a solemn ceremony on Thursday to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War One, determined to display unity despite deep disagreement over who should head their most influential institution.

  • EU leaders unite for WW1 memorial before Juncker battle Thursday, 26 Jun 2014 | 9:07 AM ET

    YPRES, Belgium/ BRUSSELS, June 26- European Union leaders gathered in Belgium for a solemn ceremony on Thursday to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War One, determined to display unity despite deep disagreement over who should head their most important common institution.

  • Merkel calls Putin again on Ukraine Thursday, 26 Jun 2014 | 7:47 AM ET

    MOSCOW/ KIEV, June 26- German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin for the second time in two days on Thursday to discuss how to help resolve the crisis in eastern Ukraine, the Kremlin said.

  • *France now expects 1.8 bln euros vs initial 800 mln euro forecast. BERNE, June 25- France and Switzerland agreed on Wednesday to cooperate more closely on French efforts to crack down on citizens with hidden Swiss bank accounts to root out tax dodgers and cheats.

  • PARIS, June 25- For the boss of General Electric, the trials and tribulations of doing business in France are summed up in the lyric of an old Rolling Stones' song: "You can't always get what you want, but if you try sometimes you just might find you get what you need."

  • Alstom and GE chiefs celebrate "three-fold win" Tuesday, 24 Jun 2014 | 1:23 PM ET

    BELFORT, France, June 24- In a joint trip to the eastern town of Belfort that is the cradle of their cooperation in France, the bosses of Alstom and General Electric defended their tie-up as good for business, jobs and France.

  • France to push growth and investment at EU summit Tuesday, 24 Jun 2014 | 7:10 AM ET

    PARIS, June 24- French President Francois Hollande is urging European Union partners to launch joint initiatives to boost growth and investment at a Brussels summit starting Thursday, his office said.