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WASHINGTON, Feb 11- President Barack Obama on Tuesday defended the latest delay in his healthcare law's employer mandate, saying it follows similar relief his administration has already given to certain individuals.
WASHINGTON, Feb 11- French President Francois Hollande said on Tuesday speed is of the essence for a European Union-U.S. trade deal. "As soon as principles have been set, as soon as mandates have been given, speed is not a problem, it's of the essence," Hollande told a joint news conference with President Barack Obamaat the White House.
DUBLIN, Feb 11- Ireland is confident its battered banks will pass European Union stress tests later this year and will not require any extra capital, its Finance Minister Michael Noonan said on Tuesday.
BRUSSELS, Feb 10- France must implement economic reforms to keep its side of a bargain with the European Commission which granted Paris more time to cut its budget gap in return, EU economics chief Olli Rehn said on Monday.
PARIS, Feb 10- Euro zone countries should launch ambitious new projects like common unemployment insurance to counter a surge in support for Eurosceptical parties, French Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici said in an interview. "France wants a financial capacity, call it a budget, that could be used for unemployment insurance, which could-- why not?
The bloc will also try to get Portugal and Greece back on their feet after Ireland successfully exited its EU/IMF bailout. Athens is likely to need more help to do so. Then there is the question of Britain's place in the EU.
*Areva and Niger at odds over uranium money. ARLIT, Niger/ PARIS, Feb 5- When France began mining uranium ore in the desert of northern Niger in the early 1970 s, Arlit was a cluster of miners' huts stranded between the sun-blasted rocks of the Air mountains and the sands of the Sahara.
*Euro newcomer criticises France for not making economic reforms. BRUSSELS, Jan 28- The newest member of the euro group, Latvia, has criticised France for what it sees as its inaction on economic reform, warning that failure in Paris could create trouble for the entire currency bloc.
Pierre Gattaz, president of MEDEF, says French President Francois Hollande understands the realities of French business and understands how to create jobs.
French unemployment hit a record high of 3.3 million in December, in a further blow to the economic policies of President Francois Hollande.
PARIS, Jan 27- French jobless claims rose a further 10,200 in December to hit a new record, dashing President Francois Hollande's hopes of keeping his pledge to start lowering unemployment by the end of 2013..
Lenovo to buy IBM's low-end server unit for $2.3 bln. Chinese PC maker Lenovo Group Ltd has agreed to buy International Business Machine Corp's low-end server business for $2.3 billion in what would be China's biggest technology deal. Microsoft seen reporting higher Q2 sales.
PARIS, Jan 23- French President Francois Hollande has won cautious backing from Berlin, Brussels and financial markets for a centrist reform push that could be his last chance to get the euro zone's second largest economy motoring.
*Hollande seeking to revive corporate France with tax break. PARIS, Jan 23- French business activity shrank again in January, albeit at a slower pace than expected, a monthly survey showed on Thursday, adding to government pressure to revive the struggling corporate sector.
PARIS, Jan 22- McDonald's France has confirmed tax inspectors visited its local headquarters but denied wrongdoing after French media reported it had transferred over 2.2 billion euros abroad since 2009 to dodge taxes.
Jan 16- Goodyear Tire& Rubber Co has won the dismissal of a U.S. lawsuit by French workers trying to save their jobs by blocking the closure of a tire manufacturing plant in the northern city of Amiens Nord.
PARIS, Jan 16- France can revive its competitiveness and growth if it quickly presses ahead with reforms proposed by President Francois Hollande, its central bank governor said on Thursday.
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.