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France trims deficit outlook on firm growth

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PARIS France will cut its public deficit slightly more than previously expected this year and next thanks to better than forecast growth, Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Tuesday.

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Western powers urge Myanmar's Suu Kyi to push for end to violence 19 Sep 2017

NEW YORK Britain, France and Australia urged Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday to push for an end to military violence against Rohingya Muslims, while her national security adviser said those who had fled could return but the process had to be discussed.

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France defends Iran nuclear deal, which Trump calls deeply flawed 19 Sep 2017

UNITED NATIONS France made a new plea on Monday for the United States to preserve the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and suggested its provisions expiring after a decade could be strengthened, as U.S. President Donald Trump again criticized the agreement as "deeply flawed." | Video

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Firm economic growth to ease French budget balancing act - ministers 18 Sep 2017

PARIS France's economic recovery is strong enough for the government to be able to cut spending and the deficit without growth being affected, the budget and finance ministers said on Monday.

France opens door to strengthen Iran nuclear deal for post-2025 18 Sep 2017

NEW YORK France on Monday gave a staunch defence of the Iran nuclear deal, suggesting there could be talks to strengthen the pact for the post-2025 period but that allowing it to collapse could lead Iran's neighbours to seek atomic weapons.

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With little peace prospects, France pushes new Syria initiative at U.N. 18 Sep 2017

UNITED NATIONS France warned on Monday that the status quo in Syria risked leading to the country's permanent fragmentation and opening the door to new radical Islamist groups unless U.N. Security Council members joined forces to push a peaceful solution.

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France and Italy open to German ECB chief, but not Weidmann - Spiegel 15 Sep 2017

FRANKFURT France and Italy have signalled to Germany that they are open to a German becoming president of the European Central Bank but not if it is Bundesbank chief Jens Weidmann, Der Spiegel reported on Friday.

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EU plans to raise tax bill of online giants gather momentum 15 Sep 2017

TALLINN Nearly one third of European Union states backed a plan to tax digital multinationals on their turnover, France said on Friday, as the EU weighs a range of other measures to increase the tax bill of companies like Google and Amazon.

Possible Thales, Leonardo role in Franco-Italian ship talks - sources 15 Sep 2017

ROME/PARIS Italy and France are discussing a ship-building alliance that could lead to partnerships with Europe's second and third biggest defence contractors, Thales and Leonardo, two sources close to the matter said.

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Expansion of euro zone only after it gets stronger - France's Le Maire 15 Sep 2017

TALLINN France's Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire expressed caution about plans to offer financial help to eastern European countries to adopt the euro, saying the euro zone itself should become more integrated first, before further enlargement.