Francois Hollande


  • LONDON, Aug 26- The euro hit its lowest level in nearly a year against the dollar and euro zone government bond yields fell on Tuesday on growing expectations the European Central Bank could ease monetary policy as soon as next week.

  • Business Highlights Monday, 25 Aug 2014 | 5:58 PM ET

    Burger King may move to Canada. NEW YORK— Some Burger King customers are finding it hard to swallow that the home of the Whopper could move to Canada.

  • Prospect of more ECB stimulus lifts European shares Monday, 25 Aug 2014 | 12:14 PM ET

    *Euro STOXX 50 closes up 2.2 pct at 3,165.47 points. LONDON, Aug 25- European shares rose on Monday, as prospects of new stimulus measures from the European Central Bank enabled the region's stock markets to shrug off weak German data and the resignation of the French government.

  • BERLIN/ PARIS, Aug 25- The euro zone's flat-lining economy took another hit on Monday when data showed German business sentiment sagging for the fourth month running, while a row over the lack of growth led the French government to resign.

  • LONDON, Aug 25- European stocks rallied and the euro fell to a near one-year trough against the dollar on Monday as investors saw rising chances of further policy easing by the European Central Bank. ECB President Mario Draghi said late on Friday that the bank was prepared to respond with all its available tools should inflation in the euro zone drop further.

  • LONDON, Aug 25- Yields on most euro zone government bonds hit record lows on Monday as speculation grew that the European Central Bank was preparing a big programme of asset purchases to counter wilting inflation. Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Ireland and others saw their yields hit all-time lows.

  • *Euro STOXX 50 up 0.9 pct. LONDON, Aug 25- European shares rose on Monday, as prospects of new stimulus measures from the European Central Bank enabled the region's stock markets to shrug off weak German data and the resignation of the French government.

  • Talk of ECB action grows as European economy fades Monday, 25 Aug 2014 | 4:36 AM ET

    FRANKFURT, Germany— Worries about the economy are rippling through Europe. Downbeat data have pushed the European Central Bank closer to more drastic action to keep the hesitant recovery from stalling completely.

  • French government dissolves over economic policy Monday, 25 Aug 2014 | 3:58 AM ET

    Prime Minister Manuel Valls offered up his Socialist government's resignation after accusing France's outspoken economy minister of crossing a line with his blunt criticism of the government's policies.

  • RPT--French PM presents government resignation Monday, 25 Aug 2014 | 3:50 AM ET

    PARIS, Aug 25- France's Prime Minister Manuel Valls presented the resignation of his government to the president on Monday, Francois Hollande's office said in a statement. The statement said a new government would be formed on Tuesday in line with the "direction he has defined for our country."

  • PARIS, Aug 23- Austerity measures being pursued by France and elsewhere in the euro zone are quashing growth, French Economy Minister Arnaud Montebourg was quoted saying on Saturday, renewing his attacks on policies he sees as negative for the economy. Without specifically taking on Hollande, he said he did not exclude France from his criticism.

  • French finance minister adrift on sea of broken promises Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 11:42 AM ET

    PARIS, Aug 14- Photos of France's portly finance minister rowing a tiny boat on holiday circulated social media on Thursday- emblematic of a French economic ship for which, under the current government, prosperity is always beyond the horizon.

  • PARIS, Aug 12- France kept its title as the world's top tourist destination in 2013, drawing nearly 85 million visitors despite a lackluster economic situation as Chinese interest intensified and North Americans surged back to the country.

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  • FRANKFURT, Aug 7- The European Central Bank signalled on Thursday it stands ready to print money and buy bonds if the euro zone slides towards deflation and warned the conflict in Ukraine poses a serious risk to the bloc's economy.

  • *Draghi flag heightened geopolitical risks, led by Ukraine. FRANKFURT, Aug 7- The Ukraine crisis has heightened risks to the euro zone's weak and uneven economic recovery, and a tit-for-tat sanctions war could compound the problem, the European Central Bank said on Thursday as it held borrowing rates at record low levels.

  • *Draghi expected to flag risks from Ukraine. FRANKFURT, Aug 7- The European Central Bank held borrowing rates on Thursday as it pinned its hopes on lending measures to bolster a struggling euro zone economy facing further damage from the Ukraine conflict. "The euro zone is at a crossroads and the economy can go either way," said James Knightley, an economist with ING.

  • *Draghi expected to highlight risks from Ukraine conflict. FRANKFURT, Aug 7- The European Central Bank is set to hold fire on rates on Thursday as it waits for earlier stimulus measures to gain traction, while keeping an eye on emerging risks from the conflict in Ukraine.

  • FRANKFURT, Aug 6- European Central Bank President Mario Draghi held talks with incoming European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday, against the backdrop of a debate among euro zone policymakers about their fiscal rules.

  • BUSINESS-NEWS-SCHEDULE AT 1230 GMT / 8.30 AM ET Monday, 4 Aug 2014 | 8:56 AM ET

    LONDON- Europe's largest bank HSBC warns that regulators' zeal to punish wrongdoing is putting its staff off taking reasonable business risks, as it reports a 12 percent drop in first-half profit. Portugal in $6.6 bln rescue of Banco Espirito Santo.