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  • PARIS, May 13- Cheap oil and a weak euro lifted the French economy in the first quarter to growth of 0.6 percent, its fastest rate in two years and easily beating analysts' expectations. It was the highest growth reading for the French economy since the second quarter of 2013 and was twice as high as that in Britain and Germany, which both reported a slowdown in the rate...

  • Europe's well of sympathy for Greece runs dry Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 11:01 AM ET

    BRUSSELS/ VILNIUS, May 12- When radical leftist Alexis Tsipras stormed to victory in Greece's general election in late January, he briefly became an icon of the European left. French daily Liberation, founded by philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, declared him "the new face of Europe", while everyone wanted to be photographed with the tieless Tsipras, 40, and his...

  • HAVANA/ PARIS, May 12- French oil company Total on Tuesday denied it had signed an offshore exploration deal with Cuba during President Francois Hollande's visit there. "Total categorically denies it has signed an offshore exploration agreement with Cuba," a spokesman said. A source with knowledge of the matter said Total's marketing and services branch, which...

  • PARIS, May 12- Henri Proglio gave up his claim on the chairmanship of French defence group Thales on Tuesday, prompting the country's finance ministry to deny his accusation of a smear campaign against him over his Russian business interests. Thales is a major contractor for Dassault Aviation's Rafale jets, and for the Mistral helicopter carriers whose...

  • BRUSSELS, May 12- David Cameron is not the best liked European leader in Brussels, yet as he seeks changes in the EU to persuade Britons they should stay in, he will not lack offers of friendship. They will come from presidents and fellow prime ministers across the 28- nation European Union and its institutions, none of whom wants to lose the economic, geopolitical...

  • For over a decade, Cuba has asserted its Exclusive Economic Zone off the northwest coast holds more than 20 billion barrels of undiscovered crude. Last week Cuba unveiled new data it said confirmed there were billions of barrels of oil beneath its Gulf of Mexico waters. Cuba hopes the discovery of oil offshore will free it from dependence on other countries, such...

  • France's Total to explore for oil off Cuba -state TV Monday, 11 May 2015 | 8:47 PM ET

    HAVANA, May 11- French oil major Total signed an agreement on Monday to explore for offshore oil with Cuban state oil monopoly CubaPetroleo, Cuban state-run television reported without giving further details.

  • PARIS, May 11- Accor, Europe's largest hotel group, said on Monday it had sealed a deal to open a luxury hotel in Cuba, the 518- room Pullman Cayo Coco, near the Caribbean island's international airport. Accor, which has been operating in Cuba for nearly 20 years, already manages two mid-scale Mercure hotels there, the 178- room Mercure Sevilla Havana in Habana Vieja...

  • HAVANA, May 11- French President Francois Hollande urged an end to the U.S. trade embargo of Cuba and envisioned a larger French role in Cuba's engagement with the West during the first visit by a French head of state to Cuba. Cuba is in foreign policy talks with both the European Union and the United States amid intense world interest in Cuba following detente with...

  • BRUSSELS, May 11- David Cameron is not the best liked European leader in Brussels, yet as he seeks changes in the EU to persuade Britons they should stay in, he will not lack offers of friendship. They will come from presidents and fellow prime ministers across the 28- nation European Union and its institutions, none of whom wants to lose the economic, geopolitical...

  • HAVANA, May 11- French President Francois Hollande began the first visit by a French head of state to Cuba by noting it was "special" in light of Washington's opening to the Communist-ruled island. Each of those three already operates in Cuba but they want to expand their business here with an eye to the potential end of the U.S. economic embargo of Cuba.

  • LONDON, May 10- Prime Minister David Cameron plans to make finance minister George Osborne his lead negotiator as he speeds up his push for concessions from the EU before a planned referendum on Britain's membership of the bloc, the Sunday Times newspaper reported. European leaders lost no time on Friday in offering Cameron talks on EU reform, bidding to ease...

  • BRUSSELS, May 8- European leaders lost no time on Friday in offering David Cameron talks on EU reform, bidding to ease uncertainty about Britain's future in the bloc ahead of the in-or-out referendum the prime minister will call now he has been re-elected. France's Socialist president Francois Hollande invited the triumphant Conservative to Paris once he has...

  • RIYADH, May 5- After failing for years to win a single order for the Dassault-built Rafale fighter jet, France has scored a string of multi-billion-euro wins in recent weeks and is on a quest for more. Egypt, India and Qatar have all just signed contracts. After signing deals worth some 15 billion euros for a total of 84 aircraft, France now has the United Arab Emirates...

  • *France wants Renault to stay in control of alliance. PARIS, April 30- The French government's move to tighten its hold on Renault, crowned by a rare public defeat for CEO Carlos Ghosn on Thursday, has exposed competing visions for the carmaker and its alliance with Nissan. Ghosn must now decide whether to fight or negotiate for closer Renault-Nissan integration,...

  • *France wants Renault to stay in control of alliance. PARIS, April 30- The French government's move to tighten its hold on Renault, crowned by a rare public defeat for CEO Carlos Ghosn on Thursday, has exposed competing visions for the carmaker and its alliance with Nissan. Ghosn must now decide whether to fight or negotiate for closer Renault-Nissan integration,...

  • PARIS, April 30- Qatar has agreed to buy 24 Dassault Aviation- built Rafale fighter jets in a deal worth 6.3 billion euros, the French government said on Thursday, as the Gulf Arab state looks to boost its military firepower amid regional instability. Tensions in the Middle East with conflicts in Yemen, Syria and Libya, as well as concerns of Iran's growing influence...

  • PARIS, April 30- Qatar has agreed to buy 24 Dassault Aviation- built Rafale fighter jets in a deal worth 6.3 billion euros, the French government said on Thursday, as the Gulf Arab state looks to boost its military firepower amid regional instability. Tensions in the Middle East with conflicts in Yemen, Syria and Libya, as well as fears of Iran's growing influence in...

  • France says Qatar to buy 24 Rafale fighter jets Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 4:35 AM ET

    PARIS, April 30- France has been informed by Qatar that the Gulf Arab state intends to buy 24 Dassault Aviation- built Rafale fighter jets, the French president's office said in a statement on Thursday.

  • PARIS, April 30- France could sign a deal worth about 3 billion euros with Qatar for the sale of as many as 36 Dassault Aviation- built Rafale fighter jets in the next few days, Europe 1 radio reported on Thursday. Dassault Aviation declined to comment. France has already sold Rafale jets to India and Egypt this year.