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France may be facing declining growth in the euro zone, but the country is hoping to capitalize on strong demand in China for its 'nouveau-riche' products.
Steve Sedgwick takes you through the European market open, where stocks have come in lower.
The European Central Bank needs to react to aggressive monetary policy in other parts of the world, a former governing council member of the central bank told CNBC.
The European Central Bank would have to raise interest rates if it were looking at Germany alone but it is in a difficult position because of weakness elsewhere, Germany's Angela Merkel said.
Lorenzo Bini Smaghi, former ECB executive, tells CNBC that Europe should consider responding to the aggressive monetary policy adopted by other central banks.
Ashraf Laidi, Chief Global Strategist at City Index says the Japanese Yen continues to retain safe haven status and does not believe the ECB will cut rates at the next meeting. Uwe Parpart, Managing Director, Head of Research of Reorient Financial Markets joins in the discussion.
Simon Cox, Asia Economics Editor of The Economist says markets can hope for some adjustments to the electoral board and other political reforms in Italy under PM-designate Enrico Letta. Uwe Parpart, Managing Director, Head of Research, Reorient Financial Markets joins in the conversation and also discussed the BoJ Decision.
Uwe Parpart, Managing Director, Head of Research at Reorient Financial Markets says Europe just has to wait out the economic slump as there's nothing that can be done in terms of fiscal stimulus.
CNBC's Simon Hobbs reports on Thursday's market moving events from Europe, as risk appetite returned to markets.
Risk appetite returned to European markets on Thursday, as investor confidence got a further boost from the news that the U.K. avoided a triple-dip recession in the first quarter.
Riccardo Ronco, technical analyst at Aviate Global, analyses the performance of the S&P 500 as well as peripheral 10-year bond yields, and says Greece is more likely to bring another crisis than Italy.
Thomas Mayer, senior adviser at Deutsche Bank, says that despite markets treating France as "the Siamese twin of Germany", investors should worry about French economic fundamentals.
Valentijn Van Nieuwenhuijzen, head of strategy at ING Investment Management, says the appointment of Enrico Letta as prime minister reduces the potential for Italy to become the catalyst for another European crisis.
While talk around Fed policy has focused on tapering off its easing measures, a weakening economy likely will lead to more aggressive measures.
For most of the past year, bond investors have clubbed Italy and Spain together. But the time has come for bond investors to "decouple" Italy from Spain, argues a strategist.
Gold will top $10,000, the stock market will tank, and U.S. bond yields will be anemic, Albert Edwards said in a trademark bearish report.
CNBC's Kelly Evans reports on Thursday's market moving events from Europe, as shares gave-back session lows on better-than-expected estimates from the United Kingdom.
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Sean Darby, global head of equity strategy at Jefferies, says that Europe should take a similar approach to Japan and monetize its public debt by creating a "euro bond".
Sony Kapoor, managing director at Re-define, argues that despite mounting evidence on the social cost of austerity in Europe, policy won't change due to political games.
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Ian Cheshire, Kingfisher's chief executive, discusses the French business environment and says that he agrees with the French prime minister's call for monetary policy easing from the ECB.
Denis Kessler, CEO of Scor, says the French cabinet reshuffle is an "historical event" but that it comes "very late" and that France needs to start an austerity program.
European shares closed flat-to-higher on Wednesday as investors considered the possibility of more monetary easing in the euro zone.