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PARIS, Oct 31- Economic fragility and fear of a far-right political backlash are preventing a clash between France and the European Commission when the latter makes first use of its augmented budget supervision powers next month.
PARIS, Oct 27- Squeezed by thin margins and high debt, French companies will struggle to ramp up the investment spending on which President Francois Hollande's government is banking to underpin a fragile recovery.
*France warns Cameron about lowering standards. BRUSSELS, Oct 25- British Prime Minister David Cameron pressed European leaders on Friday to scrap EU red tape that London says is strangling small companies, but France warned it would not accept changes that threatened workers, food safety or the environment.
BRUSSELS, Oct 25- The euro zone is suffering from integration fatigue and banking union might be the last big push for the foreseeable future, officials in the currency bloc say.
*Peugeot unions ink deal on wage, work-time concessions. PARIS, Oct 24- Unions at France's PSA Peugeot Citroen agreed on Thursday to freeze wages next year in return for a company pledge to keep plants open, the latest sign of easier labour relations in a nation famed for strikes.
*White House says U.S. is not monitoring Merkel's phone. BERLIN, Oct 23- The German government has obtained information that the United States may have monitored the mobile phone of Chancellor Angela Merkel and she called President Barack Obama on Wednesday to demand an immediate clarification, her spokesman said.
BERLIN, Oct 23- The German government has obtained information that the United States may have monitored the mobile phone of Chancellor Angela Merkel and she called President Barack Obama on Wednesday to demand an immediate clarification, her spokesman said.
PARIS, Oct 20- A newspaper open on the bar of this Paris cafe tells of a row over France's Sunday trading rules. But the bar owner, Zhang Chang, says he has little time to follow such debates. he asks, perplexed by France's landmark law which shaved four hours off the statutory working week in the late 1990 s.
PARIS, Oct 14- What is left for Europe's mainstream centre-left? Others trust middle-of-the-road conservatives such as German Chancellor Angela Merkel more than the left to run the economy in tough times.
PARIS, Oct 11- France's constitutional council rejected on Friday a challenge to a law banning hydraulic fracturing for exploration and production of the country's shale gas and oil.
*Libya's government struggles to contain rival militias. The militia justified its bloodless dawn raid on the luxury hotel where Ali Zeidan lives under notionally tight security by saying he should be investigated for aiding U.S. forces in their capture in Tripoli on Saturday of a Libyan al Qaeda suspect.
BEIJING/ FRANKFURT, Oct 10- China accelerated plans to internationalise its currency on Thursday by agreeing to swap euros and yuan with the European Central Bank in a deal that is set to be China's second-largest to date.
PARIS, Oct 9- France warned on Wednesday it could use new rules to block a plan by telecoms company Alcatel-Lucent to lay off 900 French workers, but unions and government sources questioned whether the state would go that far. Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said new labour rules could be invoked to stop the company forcing them through.
*French president calls on Alcatel to review plans. *Alcatel to cut nearly one in seven of its employees. PARIS, Oct 8- French president Francois Hollande called on Alcatel-Lucent on Tuesday to save as many jobs as possible in France after the telecoms equipment maker said it plans to cut 10,000 jobs worldwide, about 14 percent of its entire workforce.
*Alcatel to cut nearly one in seven of its employees. PARIS, Oct 8- Telecom equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent said on Tuesday it would cut 10,000 jobs worldwide, calling it the last chance to turn the company around from heavy losses.
PARIS, Oct 1- France will bring down its public deficit more slowly than previously expected, according to long-term forecasts released on Tuesday.
PARIS, Sept 30- Europe's Greens have got the blues. The anti-nuclear environmentalist movement that burst into politics in the 1980 s as a youthful third force has suffered a string of setbacks in Germany and France, raising questions over its future.
*Germany seeks four-year delay to full CO2 implementation. BRUSSELS/ PARIS, Sept 27- Germany has enlisted French carmakers' support for a last-ditch bid to delay new EU vehicle emissions limits by four years as it battles to win more time for its luxury auto industry, government officials and diplomats said.
BRUSSELS, Sept 26- The EU's economics chief put aside any frustration with the pace of French reforms on Thursday, telling France's finance minister that his budget plans were on track and avoiding mention of ballooning pension costs.
*EU's Rehn avoids criticism of France's reform plans. BRUSSELS, Sept 26- France's planned budget savings and economic forecasts are in line with its European commitments, the European Union's top economic official said on Thursday, seeking to paper over frustration with France's modest economic reforms.