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Britain, France to sign Hinkley Point nuclear deal on Thursday - sources


LONDON/PARIS The British government and France's EDF will officially sign a contract to build Britain's first new nuclear power plant in a generation on Thursday, after months of wrangling over the involvement of EDF's Chinese partner, sources said.

France wants U.N. resolution on Aleppo, force Russia's hand 28 Sep 2016

PARIS/UNITED NATIONS France's foreign minister said on Wednesday he was working to put forward a U.N. Security Council resolution for a ceasefire in the Syrian city of Aleppo, and that any country that opposed it would be deemed complicit in war crimes.


Paris, Berlin play down Sarkozy plan to reverse Brexit 28 Sep 2016

PARIS/BERLIN France and Germany distanced themselves on Wednesday from a suggestion by French presidential candidate Nicolas Sarkozy that he could reverse Brexit if elected next year by negotiating a new European Union treaty more acceptable to Britain.


EU finance ministers to hold new talks on global banking rules 28 Sep 2016

BRUSSELS France and Germany have persuaded their EU counterparts to discuss pending global banking rules at their next finance ministers' meeting amid concerns the bloc may refuse to sign on to the new regulations.


French policy shift leaves Gabon's Bongo out in the cold 28 Sep 2016

DAKAR In the heyday of former President Omar Bongo, Gabon and its oil wealth were a central pillar of "La Francafrique", a shadowy network that enabled France's troops to defend African autocrats in exchange for juicy contracts for French companies.


Deutsche Post grabs UK Mail in e-commerce parcel delivery race 28 Sep 2016

FRANKFURT Deutsche Post DHL is buying independent British postal operator UK Mail Group for 243 million pounds to cement its foothold in Europe's three largest e-commerce markets, Britain, Germany and France.


France unlikely to achieve 2017 deficit target - fiscal watchdog 27 Sep 2016

PARIS France is unlikely to meet its 2017 budget deficit target, the country's independent fiscal watchdog said on Tuesday, casting doubt on the government's plan to cut the shortfall to less than 3 percent of output.

Ban on face veils advances in Swiss parliament 27 Sep 2016

ZURICH Switzerland's lower house of parliament narrowly backed a ban on face veils on Tuesday, echoing moves by neighbouring France and other European nations to tighten controls in the wake of Islamist militant attacks.

Calais migrant camp demolition raises child trafficking fears, U.N. says 26 Sep 2016

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Lone children living in the shanty town near Calais are likely to go missing or risk being trafficked when France dismantles the migrant camp, the United Nations said on Monday, urging authorities to speed up the reunion of children with families in Britain.


UK appears headed for 'hard Brexit', Scots minister says after talks 26 Sep 2016

PARIS Britain appears to be heading for a "hard Brexit" under which links to the European Union would be reduced to little more than trade agreements, Scotland's external affairs minister Fiona Hyslop said on Monday, citing "mood music" from recent talks.