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Far-right leaders meet to discuss 'free Europe' vision

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KOBLENZ, Germany Far-right populist leaders from Germany, France, Italy and the Netherlands meet in the German city of Koblenz on Saturday to present their vision for "a free Europe" that would dismantle the European Union.

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Sanofi's M&A misses frustrate some investors in drugmaker 20 Jan 2017

PARIS/DAVOS, Switzerland For the last year, Sanofi's chief executive has made clear his quest for deals to help revive the fortunes of France's biggest drugmaker.

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French Left seeks candidate to take election poisoned chalice 19 Jan 2017

PARIS France's divided Left will this weekend narrow its search for a presidential candidate, though opinion polls show whoever emerges victor will struggle to head off humiliation in the April-May election.

France says duck cull mostly over as bird flu stabilises 19 Jan 2017

PARIS France will scale back preventive slaughtering of ducks to counter bird flu after the culling of 800,000 birds this month helped slow the spread of the disease in the southwest, the country's agriculture minister said on Thursday.

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Zodiac Aerospace rockets after Safran bid, European shares retreat 19 Jan 2017

LONDON/MILAN European stocks dipped on Thursday, though Zodiac Aerospace's shares surged after a takeover offer by France's Safran and Moneysupermarket.com also jumped after it reported strong results.

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Macron defies French parties with pledge to field parliament candidates 19 Jan 2017

PARIS Independent presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron threw down a direct challenge to France's existing political parties on Thursday by announcing he would field candidates in all constituencies in June's parliamentary elections.

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After Iran's nuclear pact, state firms win most foreign deals 19 Jan 2017

By Yeganeh Torbati, Bozorgmehr Sharafedin and Babak Dehghanpisheh

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Total readies drills in Cyprus, Egypt in regional growth push 19 Jan 2017

PARIS France's Total is preparing to drill for gas off Cyprus, close to ENI's huge Zohr discovery off the Egyptian coast which in 2015 renewed interest among oil majors for exploration in the Mediterranean.

ECB keeps rates, asset-buying plan unchanged as expected 19 Jan 2017

FRANKFURT The European Central Bank left interest rates and the main parameters of its asset purchase scheme unchanged as expected on Thursday, keeping unprecedented stimulus in place to aid the bloc's slow but steady recovery.

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French Socialists still trail four other Presidential candidates as primary approaches - poll 19 Jan 2017

PARIS France's Socialists still trail well behind four other main candidates for the French presidency days ahead of the first round of the party's presidential primary, according to extracts from a new opinion poll published by Le Monde.