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  • *Total's CEO a defender of Moscow policies. MOSCOW, Oct 21- The chief executive of French oil major Total, Christophe de Margerie, was killed when his private jet collided with a snow plow as it was taking off from Moscow's Vnukovo airport on Monday night. The collision occurred minutes before midnight Moscow time as de Margerie's Dassault Falcon jet was taking off...

  • *Total's CEO a defender of Moscow policies. MOSCOW, Oct 21- The chief executive of French oil major Total, Christophe de Margerie, was killed when his private jet collided with a snow plough as it was taking off from Moscow's Vnukovo airport on Monday night. The collision occurred minutes before midnight Moscow time as de Margerie's Dassault Falcon jet was taking...

  • *France under pressure to fix Europe's weakest economy. The CEO is among many bosses in France who won't hire a 50th worker, in order to avoid the subsequent obligation to run and pay for an in-house works council- something Goubault says is costly, time-consuming, and "entirely useless". Goubault's frustration is shared by bosses of small and mid-sized businesses...

  • *Further talks needed to bolster east Ukraine ceasefire. MILAN, Oct 17- Russia and Ukraine made progress on Friday towards resolving a row over gas supplies, but European leaders said Moscow had to do much more to prop up a fragile ceasefire and end fighting in eastern Ukraine. The mooted deal aimed at re-opening Russian gas supplies to Ukraine ahead of the cold...

  • MILAN, Oct 17- Talks between Russia, Ukraine and European governments on Friday were "full of misunderstandings and disagreements", the Kremlin said, undercutting more upbeat messages from leaders hoping for a breakthrough in the Ukraine crisis. Russian President Vladimir Putin shook hands with his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko at the start of a...

  • *Concern that Germany and ECB will do too little too late. PARIS, Oct 16- After a two-year siesta, the euro zone is back in the financial markets' firing line due to stagnating growth, low inflation, budget problems in France and Italy and rising political risk in Greece, where the bloc's debt crisis began in 2009.. But four overlapping factors have rekindled anxiety...

  • MILAN, Oct 16- Europe's priority must be to stimulate economic growth, Italy and France said on Thursday, putting themselves at odds again with Germany, which is demanding deficit rigour. Speaking in Berlin before flying to Italy, Merkel said the rest of Europe must stick to EU rules or the bloc's credibility would be at stake. Hollande blamed the market turmoil on a...

  • DIARY - Top Economic Events to Oct 29 Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    CHELSEA, United States- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen tours the CONNECT facility and meets consortium leaders and local residents to hear about conditions in the local economy and the impact of CONNECT for residents entering or re-entering the workforce- 1645 GMT. LONDON- Bank of England Deputy Governor Jon Cunliffe takes part in a panel discussion at...

  • Levy was drafted in 2002 into the management team that revived the then telecoms-to-media conglomerate Vivendi. The 59- year-old, who began his career at France Telecom, spent a decade paring back Vivendi film, TV and Internet assets. "At Vivendi and at Thales, he didn't turn up with an entourage," said Capron, who was finance director at Vivendi during part of Levy's...

  • Their forthcoming meeting in Milan is an encouraging sign for Moscow, Kiev and the West, who are balancing on the brink of a new gas rift following Russia's decision to cut supplies to Ukraine because of mounting debt. Ukraine faces possible energy shortages this winter if no deal is reached, which in turn risks causing disruptions to Europe's gas supplies-- as...

  • Oct 14- France's finance minister reaffirmed the country's commitment to conducting economic reforms on Tursday after ratings agency Fitch placed its AA+ rating on French bonds on negative watch, citing risks to growth and deficit-reduction plans. "Therefore, we believe there are downside risks to France's long-term growth potential."

  • France considers tightening controls on job-seekers Friday, 10 Oct 2014 | 11:46 AM ET

    PARIS, Oct 10- The French government is looking to impose tighter checks on the unemployed to ensure they are seeking work, an attempt to limit spending on benefits and cut joblessness that has split ruling Socialists and infuriated trade unions. Socialist Prime Minister Manuel Valls set off the outcry this week by suggesting more needed to be done to encourage...

  • PARIS, Oct 7- France said on Tuesday it was vital to act in order to stop Islamic State's advance on the northern Syria border town of Kobani, and was discussing with Turkey what could be done. Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot that has taken control of large parts of neighboring Syria and Iraq, has ramped up its offensive in recent days against the mainly Kurdish...

  • *France would then be granted more time for deficit reduction. The Commission is also likely to step up the disciplinary procedure against France to the final stage before fines while at the same time granting Paris the extra two years it wants to bring down its budget shortfall within EU limits. The decisions, some of which will be taken by the outgoing...

  • *France would then be granted more time for deficit reduction. The Commission is also likely to step up the disciplinary procedure against France to the final stage before fines while at the same time granting Paris the extra two years it wants to bring down its budget shortfall within EU limits. The decisions, some of which will be taken by the outgoing...

  • The left-leaning Guardian bemoaned: "No one can conceive of Renault, Fiat or indeed BMW fattening themselves up after years of emaciation, ready for sell-off to a foreign rival." The blow to British pride was made all the more acute by the success of France, where Peugeot and Renault were speeding ahead.

  • *France postpones deficit reduction by a further two years. PARIS, Oct 1- France laid down the gauntlet to EU partners on Wednesday with a 2015 budget setting out how it would bring its borrowing back to within EU limits two years later than promised, a retreat it blamed on a fragile economy.

  • EU budget rules - how much wiggle room is there? Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 7:32 AM ET

    *Credibility of EU deficit curbs at stake in France, Italy. *France has less scope because deficit above 3 pct limit. Interpreting how much wiggle room the EU treaties offer has become a new source of contention among governments, a North-South divide pitting Italy and France against Germany that poses its own risks to the stability of the 15- year-old currency.

  • *France rejected negotiation over Iraq intervention. ALGIERS, Sept 24- Algerian militants have beheaded French tourist Herve Gourdel, who was kidnapped by gunmen on Sunday in what the group said was a response to France's action against Islamic State militants in Iraq.

  • *France rejected negotiation over Iraq intervention. ALGIERS, Sept 24- Algerian militants have released a video that appears to show them beheading Frenchman Herve Gourdel, who was kidnapped on Sunday, in what the group said was a response to France's action against Islamic State militants in Iraq.