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European ambassadors to U.S. back Iran nuclear pact

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WASHINGTON The ambassadors to Washington from Britain, France, Germany and the European Union all strongly backed the international nuclear agreement with Iran on Monday, as long as Tehran continues to comply with the pact.

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Brooking no dissent, Marine Le Pen takes grip on French far-right 25 Sep 2017

PARIS Marine Le Pen has acted to reassert her authority over France's far-right National Front with the forced departure of her deputy, but still faces a struggle to persuade the party base that she has what it takes to win an election.

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Air France joins low-cost long-haul fray with Joon 25 Sep 2017

PARIS Air France launched a lower-cost airline called Joon on Monday, taking its first small steps into the battle for more budget-conscious customers on long-haul routes.

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Bank of France raises 2017 French economic growth forecast to 1.7 percent 25 Sep 2017

PARIS The head of the Bank of France said on Monday that the country's economic growth could reach 1.7 percent for 2017, up from previous estimates and bringing it into line with other, similar official forecasts.

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French state bank BPI to fund projects in Iran, CEO tells paper 24 Sep 2017

PARIS Bpifrance, the country’s state investment bank, will finance investment projects of French companies in Iran from 2018, granting up to 500 million euros ($598 million) in annual credits, its CEO said in a newspaper interview on Sunday.

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Echoing France, Germany says May offered 'nothing concrete' on Brexit 23 Sep 2017

BERLIN Germany's foreign minister said on Saturday that he had been disappointed by British Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit speech, adding to a downbeat reception from France ahead of the resumption of Brexit negotiations next week.

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France approves of Siemens/Alstom tie-up if jobs spared 22 Sep 2017

PARIS/MUNICH France has nothing against a potential tie-up between German engineering group Siemens and Alstom if the deal does not bring job cuts, the French government's spokesman said on Friday.

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Macron puts fiscal credibility on the line with first budget 22 Sep 2017

PARIS When Emmanuel Macron's government delivers the first budget of his presidency on Wednesday, it must convince France's European partners it is serious about cutting spending while reassuring voters they do not face austerity.

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Carrefour's new boss names management team 22 Sep 2017

PARIS Carrefour's new boss on Friday named his leadership team, putting the man credited with reviving the retailer's Spanish operations in charge of turning around its business in France, its biggest market.

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Union protests against French labour reform losing steam 21 Sep 2017

PARIS Far-left trade unionists marched through cities across France on Thursday in a second day of protest against President Emmanuel Macron's overhaul of a labour code long cherished by workers, although their numbers were lower than a week earlier.