Exclusive - France, Italy, Belgium may break budget rules, EU to revisit in March


BRUSSELS - The European Commission will tell France, Italy and Belgium on Friday their 2015 budgets risk breaking EU rules, but it will defer decisions on any action until early March.


French trial over hit-and-run death suspended after lawyer attacked 27 Nov 2014

PARIS - The trial of two French nationals who hit and killed an Israeli woman while driving an SUV in Tel Aviv in 2011 then fled to France to avoid prosecution was suspended on Thursday after one of their lawyers was attacked in the court's toilets.


Thales names interim CEO, Safran mulls dual leadership 27 Nov 2014

PARIS - France's Thales named group secretary Philippe Logak as its temporary boss on Thursday after its main shareholders failed to resolve a dispute over the succession to Jean-Bernard Levy, who has resigned to run France's top power firm.

France to send armoured unit to Poland for exercises 25 Nov 2014

WARSAW - France said on Tuesday it was planning to send an armoured military unit to Poland for exercises designed to strengthen the NATO alliance's eastern flank in apparent response to tensions over a pro-Russian uprising in Ukraine.


France postpones decision on delivery of Mistral carriers 25 Nov 2014

PARIS - France suspended indefinitely on Tuesday delivery of the first of two Mistral helicopter carrier warships to Russia, citing conflict in eastern Ukraine where the West accuses Moscow of fomenting separatism.


Kingfisher says don't expect quick French recovery 25 Nov 2014

LONDON - Kingfisher , Europe's biggest home improvement retailer, cautioned investors on Tuesday against expecting a quick recovery in France, the market that contributes more than half its profits.


France's Socialist party chief says 'non' to 35-hour week review 23 Nov 2014

PARIS - The head of France's Socialist party rejected any change to the country's 35-hour work week and criticised plans to let shops open more often on Sunday, a sign the government could face an uphill battle to get more labour reforms through parliament.


Demonstrators clash with French police over protester death 22 Nov 2014

TOULOUSE France - Protesters clashed with police in southern France on Saturday over the death of a young activist killed by a police grenade, in the latest of a series of demonstrations which have embarrassed the Socialist government.


France's Sarkozy wants EU to lose half its powers 22 Nov 2014

PARIS/BORDEAUX - The European Union must hand back half of its powers, former French president Nicolas Sarkozy said on Saturday, stepping up his criticism of the 28-nation bloc as he seeks to be elected head of France's conservative party next week.


Insight - France tempers Iran nuclear stance in nod to wider diplomatic needs 21 Nov 2014

PARIS - A year after France scuppered a deal on Iran's nuclear programme it is taking a softer stance in current talks, encouraged by a more inclusive U.S. approach and the knowledge that failure this year could have grim repercussions across the broader region.