French Jews living in fear, minister says


PARIS - Many members of France's Jewish community are living in fear after pro-Palestinian protests in recent weeks were marred by violence and use of anti-Semitic language, the country's foreign minister said on Thursday.

Retailer Kingfisher perplexed by poor June trading 24 Jul 2014

LONDON - Kingfisher, Europe's largest home improvements retailer, suffered a sharp slowdown in trading in June, particularly in France and Poland, and said on Thursday it did not know why.


French PM says euro too strong, EU must do more 24 Jul 2014

PARIS - France's prime minister on Thursday called for the European Union to do more to help those member states carrying out reforms and reiterated France's views that the euro is overvalued.

Vodafone curtails Orange Spanish fibre network after Ono buy 23 Jul 2014

LONDON - Vodafone Group Plc is scaling back the fibre network it is building in Spain with France's Orange , after the completion of its deal to buy cable company Ono.


Alstom bets on sales growth in rail after GE deal in power 23 Jul 2014

PARIS - France's Alstom said it expected sustained organic sales growth at its rail arm this year but would not provide a revenue or profit target following a deal that will see General Electric buy most of its power business.

France tells UK look to London oligarchs before damning Mistral 22 Jul 2014

PARIS - France's foreign minister hit back at Britain on Tuesday, telling Prime Minister David Cameron he should do something about UK-based Russian oligarchs before questioning France's plan to sell Mistral helicopter carriers to Moscow.

Germany, France, Italy condemn anti-Semitism in anti-Israel protests 22 Jul 2014

BERLIN - The foreign ministers of Germany, France and Italy on Tuesday condemned anti-Semitism, racism and xenophobia that have marred rallies against Israel's role in its conflict with Hamas in which about 600 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have died.

French government slams 'anti-Semitic' violence at pro-Palestinian rally 21 Jul 2014

PARIS - France's interior minister promised on Monday to crack down on anti-Semitism after violence marred pro-Palestinian rallies in and around Paris to protest against Israel's role in the two-week-old Middle East conflict.

UK, France, Germany eye fresh Russia sanctions after plane disaster 20 Jul 2014

LONDON/PARIS - Britain, Germany and France agreed on Sunday they should be ready to ratchet up sanctions on Russia over the downing of a Malaysian jet carrying 298 passengers when European foreign ministers meet in Brussels on Tuesday.


France secures 1 billion euro navy deal in Egypt 19 Jul 2014

CAIRO - France has secured its first major military contract in Egypt in about 20 years with a 1 billion euros (0.79 billion pounds) deal to sell four naval frigates, a French diplomatic source said on Saturday.