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EDF must replace Flamanville reactor cover by 2024 - regulator

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PARIS EDF's Flamanville 3 nuclear reactor being built in northwest France is fit for service despite weak spots in its steel, but the utility will have to replace the reactor cover by 2024 at the latest, nuclear regulator ASN said.

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U.S. President Trump to attend Paris July 14 celebrations 28 Jun 2017

PARIS President Donald Trump will travel to France for the Bastille Day military celebrations on July 14, President Emmanuel Macron's office said on Wednesday, in a sign the allies are seeking to bolster ties despite differences over climate change.

France's CGT alone among unions in labour reform strike call 28 Jun 2017

PARIS France's hardline CGT labour union looked isolated in its call for a September strike over President Emmanuel Macron's plans to ease labour regulations, as two other leading unions sounded a more conciliatory note on talks with the government.

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Cyber attack hits property arm of French bank BNP Paribas 28 Jun 2017

PARIS A global cyber attack has hit the property arm of France's biggest bank BNP Paribas , one of the largest financial institutions known to be affected by an extortion campaign that started in Russia and Ukraine before spreading.

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French parliament opens in test for Macron's many novice lawmakers 27 Jun 2017

PARIS The youngest, most ethnically diverse and gender-balanced parliament in France's modern history held its first session on Tuesday as President Emmanuel Macron's deputies, many of them political novices, got down to business.

French ethics panel backs lesbian procreation help 27 Jun 2017

PARIS Campaigners for lesbian motherhood got a significant boost in France on Tuesday when a panel of ethics specialists said that female couples and single women should be granted access to sperm-donor techniques of medically assisted reproduction.

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Germany and France to lead post-Brexit EU in further integration 27 Jun 2017

BRUSSELS More EU integration is a "foregone conclusion", and France and Germany will take the lead on post-Brexit reforms starting this year, the European Union's second-in-command said, adding that he hoped the east-west split in the bloc would heal.

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France's JCDecaux, America Movil create joint advertising venture in Mexico 27 Jun 2017

France's JCDecaux will create a joint venture with Mexican telecommunications group America Movil , it said on Tuesday, as part of the outdoor advertising company's drive to expand in Latin America.

French finance watchdog warns on growing private sector debt 26 Jun 2017

PARIS France's financial stability council warned on Monday against risks from surging corporate and household debt, which it said may warrant regulatory action.

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Amid criticism from rights group, France talks tough on Calais migrants 23 Jun 2017

CALAIS, France France's interior minister on Friday ruled out a new migrant reception centre in Calais and said he would deploy extra riot police to contain a new influx of people roaming the port city in search of food and shelter.

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