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Euro zone businesses growth fastest since April 2011 - PMIs

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Feb 21 Eurozone private sector and manufacturing growth unexpectedly accelerated to near a six-year high in February and job creation reached its fastest since August 2007, propelled by strong demand and optimism about the future, a survey found.

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France's far right denounces 'media stunt' over fake jobs probe 20 Feb 2017

PARIS France's far-right National Front accused authorities of staging a media stunt on Monday to influence the presidential election after police searched its headquarters in an investigation into "fake jobs". | Video

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Russia says Ukraine passport order complies with international law 20 Feb 2017

MOSCOW Russia said on Monday President Vladimir Putin's decision to recognise passports issued by separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine complied with international law, after the move drew criticism from France, Germany and the European Union.

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How do you say deja vu in Greek? 19 Feb 2017

LONDON It seems as if we have been here before: the euro zone fretting that a crisis with Greece will balloon out of all proportion while the government in Athens says it will not impose one euro more in cuts on its austerity-battered public. | Video

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Powers push for ceasefire, weapons withdrawal in eastern Ukraine from Monday 19 Feb 2017

MUNICH Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine agreed on Saturday to use their influence to implement a ceasefire and the withdrawal of heavy weapons from Monday in eastern Ukraine.

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France's Macron seeks to end controversy over Algeria comments 18 Feb 2017

TOULON, France French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron attempted on Saturday to end the controversy triggered by his comments condemning France's colonial past in Algeria.

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Migrant children returning to Calais, say NGOs, after 'jungle' demolished 17 Feb 2017

PARIS Some 300 to 400 migrants, mostly unaccompanied children, have made their way back to Calais in northern France over the past few weeks in the hope of reaching Britain, non-government associations say.

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Two budgets, two speeds - Greece outstrips France 17 Feb 2017

LONDON There is a two-speed euro zone when it comes to budget discipline according to Thomson Reuters data - with Greece being forced into maintaining a large primary surplus at one end and France being pretty much left to its own devices at the other.

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France favours broad Italian majority stake in STX France - source 17 Feb 2017

PARIS France does not want Italian shipbuilding group Fincantieri to hold more than 50 percent of bid target STX France, but is willing to allow a number of Italian companies to hold a majority, a source close to economy minister Christophe Sirugue told Reuters.

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French industry minister says to continue STX France talks with Fincantieri 17 Feb 2017

PARIS French industry minister Christophe Sirugue said he would meet Italy's Fincantieri in a week's time to discuss its bid for STX France, but added France was still against Fincantieri gaining dominance in the governance of STX France.

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