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French job creation gaining momentum

France saw its fastest job creation last quarter since the eve of the financial crisis in 2007 with 52,200 new jobs.

France saw its fastest job creation last quarter since the eve of the financial crisis in 2007 with 52,200 new jobs.

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French economy returns to growth in Q3, but lacklustre

French economic growth was up by just 0.2 percent from July to September rebounding only slightly after a small contraction in the previous quarter.

French economic growth was up by just 0.2 percent from July to September rebounding only slightly after a small contraction in the previous quarter.

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France partly blames August jobless rise on terrorist attacks

France's jobless total surged in August. The labour minister said hiring in the tourism sector had suffered because of militant Islamist attacks.

France's jobless total surged in August. The labour minister said hiring in the tourism sector had suffered because of militant Islamist attacks.

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French economy slows in Q2

France's economy slowed for the first time in three years between April and June - shrinking 0.1 percent - with a dip in consumer spending being blamed.

France's economy slowed for the first time in three years between April and June - shrinking 0.1 percent - with a dip in consumer spending being blamed.

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49.3, French politics' imperfect number

Politics, it is often said, is about compromise. But for the French government at the moment compromise on the contentious issue of labour reform is

Politics, it is often said, is about compromise. But for the French government at the moment compromise on the contentious issue of labour reform is

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Francois Hollande defends legacy in last Bastille Day interview

With less than a year until the next presidential election, Francois Hollande used his last Bastille Day address to defend his legacy.

With less than a year until the next presidential election, Francois Hollande used his last Bastille Day address to defend his legacy.

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French economic growth 0.2% in Q2

France's economy grew by 0.2 percent between April and June from the previous three months according to the latest estimate from the country's central bank.

France's economy grew by 0.2 percent between April and June from the previous three months according to the latest estimate from the country's central bank.

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France moves to lure London bankers post-Brexit

France has stepped up its efforts to grab some of the London banking business that could be displaced by Britain's decision to leave the European Union.

France has stepped up its efforts to grab some of the London banking business that could be displaced by Britain's decision to leave the European Union.

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French flood damage could cost insurers up to two billion euros

The cost of France's worst flooding in decades could reach an estimated two billion euros with French insurance companies having to pay out many hundreds of millions.

The cost of France's worst flooding in decades could reach an estimated two billion euros with French insurance companies having to pay out many hundreds of millions.

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Hollande digs heels in as strikes begin on railways

Workers of France’s state-owned railway, SNCF, have gone on strike over controversial new labour reforms as well as issues over working hours and…

Workers of France’s state-owned railway, SNCF, have gone on strike over controversial new labour reforms as well as issues over working hours and…

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French economic growth improves

France's economy performed better than expected in the first three months of this year up by 0.6 percent from the previous quarter.

France's economy performed better than expected in the first three months of this year up by 0.6 percent from the previous quarter.

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IMF urges France to speed up reforms to create jobs and cut debt

The International Monetary Fund has warned France's economy is not recovering quickly enough to cut unemployment and debt significantly and more reforms are needed.

The International Monetary Fund has warned France's economy is not recovering quickly enough to cut unemployment and debt significantly and more reforms are needed.

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Surprise fall in French jobless total, but underlying trend still grim

The number of people claiming unemployment benefit dropped by 60,000 in March, but much of the decline came from people not updating their job-seeking status so they were not counted.

The number of people claiming unemployment benefit dropped by 60,000 in March, but much of the decline came from people not updating their job-seeking status so they were not counted.

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French GDP not seen as enough for jobs growth

France's central bank has said economic growth this year will be below the eurozone average of 1.4 percent which is not enough to cut the country's persistently high unemployment.

France's central bank has said economic growth this year will be below the eurozone average of 1.4 percent which is not enough to cut the country's persistently high unemployment.

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Proposed changes in a new labour law for French workers

A new labour law for France has electrified sections of the French left and angered employees in the private sector. It has been dubbed “the bosses

A new labour law for France has electrified sections of the French left and angered employees in the private sector. It has been dubbed “the bosses

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Gucci sales rebound to boost Kering profits

Gucci's parent company Kering has reported revenue last year up by 15.4 percent. The French group, who's brands include Yves Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta and Puma, saw strong sales growth in Western

Gucci's parent company Kering has reported revenue last year up by 15.4 percent. The French group, who's brands include Yves Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta and Puma, saw strong sales growth in Western

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French central bank forecasts first-quarter growth improving to 0.4%

The French economy is forecast to grow 0.4 percent in Q1 of 2016 as the latest central bank survey showed morale in the industrial sector rose to the highest level since May 2011.

The French economy is forecast to grow 0.4 percent in Q1 of 2016 as the latest central bank survey showed morale in the industrial sector rose to the highest level since May 2011.

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Peugeot Citroen compensates Iran for sanctions prompted pull out

French car-maker PSA Peugeot Citroen will pay Iran over 400 million euros in compensation for losses after it quit the country due to international trade sanctions.

French car-maker PSA Peugeot Citroen will pay Iran over 400 million euros in compensation for losses after it quit the country due to international trade sanctions.

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France confident on deficit reduction, European Commission not convinced

French Finance Minister Michel Sapin has said the country will meet its 2016 target for cutting its public deficit but the European Commission does not believe it can achieve that.

French Finance Minister Michel Sapin has said the country will meet its 2016 target for cutting its public deficit but the European Commission does not believe it can achieve that.

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Warm weather hits consumer spending in France

Consumer spending in France fell by the highest amount in nearly two years in November – partly due to the unusually warm weather according to

Consumer spending in France fell by the highest amount in nearly two years in November – partly due to the unusually warm weather according to

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'New jobs plan' for France after National Front election scare

The French government is reportedly promising new measures to boost employment in the wake of the regional election results which saw a record score

The French government is reportedly promising new measures to boost employment in the wake of the regional election results which saw a record score

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Bouygues and Orange play down acquisition reports

France’s largest telecoms operator Orange has been in talks to buy certain assets from Bouygues Telecom, according to a report by Bloomberg. It

France’s largest telecoms operator Orange has been in talks to buy certain assets from Bouygues Telecom, according to a report by Bloomberg. It

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Bank of France cuts economic growth forecast, citing Paris attacks

The Bank of France has cut its forecast for economic growth in the country to 0.3 percent in the fourth quarter – a reduction of 0.1 percent – partly

The Bank of France has cut its forecast for economic growth in the country to 0.3 percent in the fourth quarter – a reduction of 0.1 percent – partly

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French unemployment bucks eurozone trend to hit 18-year high

Unemployment in France has risen to its highest level for 18 years. The figures grind against the gradual improvement elsewhere in the eurozone. Data

Unemployment in France has risen to its highest level for 18 years. The figures grind against the gradual improvement elsewhere in the eurozone. Data

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Mass hotel and business cancellations in Paris post-attacks

The evidence may only be anecdotal so far, but there are reports that tourism and business in Paris is being hit in the aftermath of last week’s

The evidence may only be anecdotal so far, but there are reports that tourism and business in Paris is being hit in the aftermath of last week’s

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France 'ready to cut stake in Renault' says economy minister

The French Economy Minister has said the state is ready to reduce its stake in Renault once taxpayers’ interests are preserved. Emmanuel Macron added

The French Economy Minister has said the state is ready to reduce its stake in Renault once taxpayers’ interests are preserved. Emmanuel Macron added

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France sees rare fall in jobless total

There are signs that the economic recovery may at last be reaching the French labour market. The jobless total fell by nearly 24,000, or 0.7 percent

There are signs that the economic recovery may at last be reaching the French labour market. The jobless total fell by nearly 24,000, or 0.7 percent