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  • PARIS, Nov 6- France's Socialist government unveiled measures to bolster the struggling industrial sector and make exporters more competitive but Tuesday's package fell short of the shock therapy industry leaders are urging.

  • PARIS, Nov 6- President Francois Hollande will unveil measures on Tuesday to revive France's struggling industrial sector and make its exporters more competitive, although critics say that the package falls short of much-needed shock therapy.

  • PARIS, Nov 5- French industrialist Louis Gallois called for a patriotic effort to reverse declining competitiveness via shock therapy as he handed in a review on Monday which the Socialist government commissioned and is now under pressure to heed.

  • PARIS, Nov 5- The French government is expected to largely brush aside a review on Monday that will prescribe slashing payroll taxes and loosening labour laws to reverse a long slide in competitiveness that has eaten away at exports and bled factory jobs.

  • *Hermitage Plaza towers designed by UK architect Foster. PARIS, Nov 4- For Paris, a city whose priciest apartments boast mansard roofs and wrought-iron balconies, it's an audacious bet: a pair of shimmering, largely residential, luxury towers that might look more at home in Dubai or Shanghai.

  • By Catherine Bremer and Emmanuel Jarry. PARIS, Nov 5- The French government is expected to play down a review on Monday that will prescribe taking an axe to payroll taxes and softening labour laws to reverse a long slide in competitiveness that has eaten away at exports and bled factory jobs.

  • *Hermitage Plaza towers designed by UK architect Foster. PARIS, Nov 4- For Paris, a city whose priciest apartments boast mansard roofs and wrought-iron balconies, it's an audacious bet: a pair of shimmering, largely residential, luxury towers that might look more at home in Dubai or Shanghai.

  • ROME-- Former Premier Silvio Berlusconi has responded to his tax fraud conviction with a full-out attack on the government of Mario Monti, warning his party might withdraw its support because of what he considers Monti's counterproductive fiscal reforms.

  • The country's new government says its approach will be non-interference in Quebec's affairs, and gave no sign it will laud unity. The former French president Nicolas Sarkozy had broken with tradition by taking sides in the Canadian national unity debate, suggesting that Quebec sovereigntists are an insular movement that is sowing division.

  • *Aims to promote democcracy in Africa. Hollande, who heads to the Democratic Republic of Congo on Saturday for a gathering of French-speaking nations, has promised to promote democracy in Africa and break with an era of collusion between French and autocratic African leaders.

  • PARIS, Oct 9- France's lower house of parliament approved ratification of a European budget discipline treaty by a large majority on Tuesday, paving the way for its adoption in the euro zone's second-biggest economy.

  • PARIS, Oct 9- French riot police used teargas to disperse protesters outside the Paris auto show on Tuesday, during nationwide demonstrations over mounting job losses in a country where unemployment is at its highest since 1999 and economic growth at a standstill.

  • *Civil service benefits straining public finances. PARIS, Oct 9- Savouring a long lunch after a morning tending to baby quince and pear trees, the French Senate's 78 gardeners are blissfully untouched by the economic crisis gnawing at Europe's core.

  • PARIS, Oct 9- French riot police fired teargas to disperse protesters outside the Paris auto show on Tuesday as people marched nationwide to denounce hardship and job losses in a country where unemployment is at its highest since 1999 and economic growth has stopped.

  • PARIS, Oct 9- France's lower house of parliament voted to ratify a European budget discipline treaty on Tuesday as most left-wing lawmakers got behind Socialist President Francois Hollande on a law seen as key to restoring euro zone stability.

  • PARIS, Oct 5- French automaker Renault plans to build more than 70 percent of its Clio subcompacts in Turkey, union sources said, in a shift abroad that could inflame tensions with workers and the government, its biggest shareholder.

  • PARIS, Oct 3- Nicolas Sarkozy has told a friend he has "no choice" but to seek re-election to the French presidency in 2017, weekly paper Le Canard Enchaine reported on Wednesday, after saying he would quit politics following his election defeat in May.

  • PARIS, Oct 3- France's "First Lady" is dropping plans to relaunch a TV career but says that she will not quit as a journalist at Paris Match magazine because she wants to raise her children without depending on President Francois Hollande for money.

  • *Regrets Twitter swipe at Segolene Royal* Says TV work may not be fitting, but magazine work vital* Popularity rating sinks in new poll By Brian Love.

  • PARIS, Oct 1- Fresh from the successful re-launch of sleepy French shoemaker Roger Vivier, Italy's king of luxury Tod's Chairman Diego Della Valle is resuscitating Schiaparelli, a fashion brand inspired by Surrealists that has lain dormant since 1954..