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French President Francois Hollande refused on Tuesday to discuss his personal life but said he would clarify the status of France's first lady.
Nicholas Spiro, managing director at Spiro Sovereign Strategy and Philippe Waechter, head of economic research at Natixis Asset Management, discuss France and whether President Francois Hollande will push through with reforms.
CNBC's Stephane Pedrazzi looks at French president Francois Hollande's reputation following allegations he was having an affair.
*Failed to halt rise in unemployment last year. PARIS, Jan 12- The coming weeks will tell whether Francois Hollande can pick up the pieces of his accident-prone presidency and start to pull the euro zone's second-largest economy out of decline.
*Failed to halt rise in unemployment last year. PARIS, Jan 12- The coming weeks will tell whether Francois Hollande can pick up the pieces of his accident-prone presidency and start to pull the euro zone's second-largest economy out of decline. But we will judge the deeds, "said analyst Bruno Cavalier at Paris- based Oddo Securities.
French president, Francois Hollande is said to be considering legal action against Closer Magazine which published a seven-page spread on his alleged affair with an actress, reports CNBC's Stephane Pedrazzi.
French president Francois Hollande has threatened legal action against Closer magazine after it published pictures and information about his alleged affair with actress Julie Gayet.
PARIS, Jan 9- France's national debt has reached a danger zone at an estimated 93.4 percent economic output last year, the head of the public audit office said on Thursday.
BERLIN, Jan 8- The United States has a message for Europe: If you want to help your ailing economy, consider pledging taxpayer money from across the euro zone to help troubled banks.
PARIS, Jan 7- French trade unionists released two executives on Tuesday after holding them for more than 24 hours at the country's Goodyear tyre plant to demand higher pay-outs for more than a thousand planned layoffs. Goodyear did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
PARIS, Jan 7- French trade unionists held two executives overnight on Tuesday at the country's Goodyear tyre plant- a flashpoint for France's troubled industrial relations- to demand higher pay-outs for more than a thousand planned layoffs.
PARIS, Jan 3- France's deeply unpopular President Francois Hollande appears to have found inspiration from his hero Francois Mitterrand, announcing an abrupt pro-business lurch in tax policy that echoes moves by his Socialist predecessor 30 years ago.
Philippe Waechter, head of economic research at Natixis Asset Management, says Italy and France are late in implementing structural reforms, but Spain is doing well after a stellar set of jobs numbers.
Michala Marcussen, global head of economics at Société Générale Corporate and Investment Banking, discusses the 75 percent tax rate on high earners in France, after President Francois Hollande’s controversial reform got the green light.
PARIS, Dec 29- France's Constitutional Council gave the green light on Sunday to the government's controversial' millionaire tax', to be levied on companies that pay salaries of more than 1 million euros a year.
PARIS, Dec 29- France's Constitutional Council gave the green light on Sunday to a' millionaire's tax', to be levied on companies that pay salaries of more than 1 million euros a year.
Gilles Moec, co-head of European economic research at Deutsche Bank, says any push for further European integration against a back drop of anti-European sentiment would be a "political gamble" for French president Francois Hollande.
PARIS, Dec 20- France's unloved financial transaction tax is hampering its efforts to persuade local institutions to buy stakes in Paris stock exchange operator Euronext and keep it under French influence after its expected spin-off next year.
*INSEE sees 2013 GDP growth of 0.2 pct with year-end rebound. PARIS, Dec 19- France is set to eke out economic growth of 0.2 percent this year, but a year-end rebound will be too weak to get unemployment falling as President Francois Hollande has pledged, the INSEE statistics agency forecast on Thursday.
Speaking in the Bundestag lower house of parliament a day after her new "grand coalition" government was sworn in, Merkel said progress in countries like Ireland and Spain showed Europe was overcoming the financial crisis that nearly tore it apart.