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France likely to lower 2015 spending cuts target - Sapin to AFP

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PARIS - France will probably have to scale back its budget savings plans for next year due to low inflation, its finance minister said in an interview published on Tuesday, ruling out extra spending restraint.

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Airbus offers Poland joint ventures, no urgency in share stake 02 Sep 2014

KIELCE Poland - Airbus Group is interested in setting up joint ventures to support the Polish defence industry but has downplayed the question of Warsaw taking a direct shareholding in the European aerospace group.

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EU court set to reject French appeal against SNCM state aid ruling 02 Sep 2014

PARIS - The Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) is set to reject on Thursday an appeal by the French state against a ruling forcing France-Corsica ferry operator SNCM to pay back 220 million euros (175 million pounds) of illegal state aid, court documents show.

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French minister call to police jobseekers angers left, unions 02 Sep 2014

PARIS - A call from France's Socialist labour minister to crack down on jobless benefit fraud infuriated trade unionists and left-wing politicians on Monday, who accused him of unfairly targeting the victims of a weak economy.

France arrests suspected jihadist minor before departure to Syria 31 Aug 2014

PARIS - A 16-year-old girl suspected of trying to reach Syria to join Islamist rebels has been arrested in the southeastern city of Nice, France's interior minister said on Sunday.

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IMF board stands behind Lagarde over French probe 29 Aug 2014

WASHINGTON - The International Monetary Fund's board on Friday stood behind the global lender's leader Christine Lagarde, who is facing a criminal investigation in France tied to a political corruption probe dating from 2008.

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IMF board likely to back Lagarde during French probe - sources 28 Aug 2014

WASHINGTON - The International Monetary Fund's board is likely to stand behind the global lender's leader, Christine Lagarde, who is facing a criminal investigation in France tied to a political corruption probe, sources close to the board said. | Video

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Germany ready to dilute austerity medicine for reform-minded France 28 Aug 2014

BERLIN - After ramming austerity medicine down the throats of smaller euro zone countries for the past four years, Germany is showing clemency towards its closest ally, France. | Video

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New French economy minister takes aim at 35-hour week 28 Aug 2014

PARIS - France's new pro-business Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron ran into trouble with trade unions on Thursday for suggesting companies could be allowed exemptions to France's 35-hour week.

Decline of French language could cost half a million jobs - report 26 Aug 2014

PARIS - A decline in the number of people worldwide who speak French could cost France 120,000 jobs by 2020 and half a million by 2050, due to missed economic opportunities, a report commissioned by President Francois Hollande said on Tuesday.