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The choice facing France

Emmanuel Macron is the political newcomer up against far-right firebrand Marine Le Pen

Emmanuel Macron is the political newcomer up against far-right firebrand Marine Le Pen

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French unemployment slips, still high

French unemployment remains high, but the rate has fallen for the second year running to 9.7% in mainland France, 10% including overseas territories.

French unemployment remains high, but the rate has fallen for the second year running to 9.7% in mainland France, 10% including overseas territories.

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Renault profits move up a gear

French carmaker Renault's operating profit jumped 38 percent in 2016 as it increased market share in all regions boosted by a number of new models.

French carmaker Renault's operating profit jumped 38 percent in 2016 as it increased market share in all regions boosted by a number of new models.

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European court rules size doesn't matter in supermarket ads

European Court of Justice rules on a case involving Carrefour and Intermarché over comparisons in adverts between prices in different sized retailers.

European Court of Justice rules on a case involving Carrefour and Intermarché over comparisons in adverts between prices in different sized retailers.

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French economic growth to slow says Bank of France

The French economy is set to expand by 0.3 percent quarter-on-quarter in the first quarter according to an initial forecast from the Bank of France.

The French economy is set to expand by 0.3 percent quarter-on-quarter in the first quarter according to an initial forecast from the Bank of France.

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Lyon's light festival gives business big boost

Lyon’s festival of light is not only an important economic barometer for France’s second city, it is also a useful gauge for the whole country.

Lyon’s festival of light is not only an important economic barometer for France’s second city, it is also a useful gauge for the whole country.

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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.