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FLORANGE, France, Sept 26- President Francois Hollande, seeking to regain the support of steel workers angered over his failure to stave off redundancies, said on Thursday he would return to their plant every year to ensure promised investment went ahead.
*Bold step of euro zone budget surveillance by Brussels. BRUSSELS, Sept 26- Four months ago, President Francois Hollande warned Brussels not to tell France how to run its finances. In a few weeks' time, the European Commission will do exactly that as a new era of rigid fiscal surveillance begins in Europe.
BERLIN, Sept 22- Angela Merkel won a landslide personal victory in Germany's general election on Sunday, but her conservatives appeared just short of the votes needed to rule on their own and may have to convince leftist rivals to join a coalition government. "Together, we will do all we can to make the next four years successful ones for Germany."
PARIS, Sept 19- A planned French retirement reform will do little to cut the deficit in public-sector workers' pensions, leaving a big drain on state finances, a government document showed on Thursday.
*France is a "country of inventors" and must remain so. "France is a nation of inventors, pioneers and producers," Hollande said, citing France's role in previous centuries and decades in developing technologies from the steam engine to hot-air balloons and rechargeable batteries.
REIMS, France, Sept 12- They are often compared to Serge and Beate Klarsfeld, the activist couple who came to fame in 1960 s tracking down Nazis from France. The pair have spent a decade searching for dozens of suspected accomplices of the massacre in the east African country who have since been living quietly in France.
DUBAI/ LONDON, Sept 9- Britain's decision not to join a military strike on Syria may have more than a purely political impact: it could over time make it more difficult for British businessmen to win billions of dollars of contracts in the Gulf.
PARIS, Sept 9- France should post economic growth of 0.2 percent in the third quarter, the Bank of France said on Monday, revising its forecast up slightly from a first estimate of 0.1 percent.
*Obama sticks to position despite Russia, China objections. President Barack Obama resisted pressure on Friday to abandon plans for air strikes against Syria and enlisted the support of 10 fellow leaders for a "strong" response to a chemical weapons attack.
*Spotlight at summit no longer on Europe's debt crisis. At previous meetings in Los Cabos, Cannes, Seoul and Toronto since 2010, top of the agenda has usually been Europe's debt crisis and its impact on financial markets, trade and the global economy.
PARIS, Sept 5- France's Socialist government is considering cutting the corporate tax rate to 30 percent from 33 percent as part of a broad overhaul, business newspaper Les Echos reported on Thursday.
*Tests showed Syria used sarin gas, says Kerry. *Arab League calls for international action. BEIRUT/ WASHINGTON, Sept 1- Syria hailed a "historic American retreat" on Sunday, mockingly accusing President Barack Obama of hesitation and confusion after he delayed a military response to last month's chemical weapons attack near Damascus to consult Congress.
*President sees early positive effects from reforms. PARIS, Aug 30- President Francois Hollande indicated he was more optimistic over France's economic outlook next year, though he stopped short of committing his government to a new target.
PARIS, Aug 30- President Francois Hollande said on Friday he believes French economic growth in 2014 will be stronger than expected in official forecasts, and he fended off criticism of his economic reforms. France's official growth forecast for 2014 is 1.2 percent.
PARIS, Aug 29- The modest scale of France's pension overhaul should ensure a smooth passage through parliament and with the public, explaining the Socialist government's tiptoe approach.
*Obama not seeking "regime change"- White House. AMMAN/ WASHINGTON, Aug 27- The United States and its allies geared up on Tuesday for a probable military strike against Syria that could come within days and would be the most aggressive action by Western powers in the Middle Eastern nation's two-and-a-half-year civil war.
AMMAN/ BEIRUT, Aug 27- The United States and its allies were gearing up on Tuesday for a probable military strike against Syria that could happen within days as punishment for last week's chemical weapons attacks blamed on President Bashar al-Assad's government.
NEW YORK, Aug 27- Brent crude jumped to a six-month high, rising more than $3 to top $114 a barrel, on Tuesday as Western powers considered a military strike against Syria following last week's suspected chemical weapons attack.
AMMAN/ BEIRUT, Aug 27- Western powers could attack Syria within days, envoys from the United States and its allies told rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad, sources who attended the meeting told Reuters on Tuesday.
*Russia opposes strikes, China recalls Iraq errors. BEIRUT, Aug 27- U.S. allies were drafting plans for air strikes and other military action against Syria on Tuesday, as President Bashar al-Assad's enemies vowed to punish a poison gas attack that Washington called a "moral obscenity".