France

France treads fine line on EU deficit-cutting targets

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PARIS - France's government is to set out its roadmap to deficit reduction on Wednesday using optimistic growth forecasts considered risky by its own fiscal watchdog to show how it will meet European budget standards by the end of next year.

France to unveil plan to fight Syrian jihadist threat 22 Apr 2014

PARIS - France's interior minister on Tuesday unveiled a raft of policies to stop its citizens joining the Syrian civil war, aiming to prevent young French Muslims becoming radicalised and posing a threat to their home country.

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French PM under party pressure to tweak deficit plan 22 Apr 2014

PARIS - French Prime Minister Manuel Valls discussed tweaking his deficit-reduction programme on Tuesday with Socialist lawmakers who want to reduce cutbacks for low-income pensioners, a day before the plan is due to be presented to parliament.

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Omnicom unable to say when Publicis merger will close 22 Apr 2014

- Omnicom Group Inc , the No. 1 U.S. advertising company, said it was unable to predict when its $35.1 billion (20.8 billion pounds) merger with France's Publicis Groupe SA would close as the deal was yet to win some key approvals.

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French PM under party pressure to tweak deficit plan 22 Apr 2014

PARIS - French Prime Minister Manuel Valls discussed tweaking his deficit-reduction programme on Tuesday with Socialist lawmakers who want to reduce cutbacks for low-income pensioners, a day before the plan is due to be presented to parliament.

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France to unveil plan to fight Syrian jihadist threat 22 Apr 2014

PARIS - France is to unveil policies to stop its citizens joining the Syrian civil war, a government source said on Tuesday, aiming to prevent young French Muslims becoming radicalised and posing a threat to their home country.

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Joyful homecoming for four French journalists after Syria captivity 20 Apr 2014

VILLACOUBLAY AIRBASE, France - Four French journalists held captive in Syria for more than 10 months returned home to France on Sunday, freshly shaved and beaming, where they were met at an airbase by President Francois Hollande, their families and friends.

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France denies veto threat looms over Western Sahara negotiations 19 Apr 2014

UNITED NATIONS - France's U.N. envoy on Friday vehemently denied threatening to use its Security Council veto power to block any proposals to have U.N. peacekeepers in Western Sahara monitor the human rights situation in the disputed North African territory.

Atos says offer for Steria, in cash, still open after Sopra bid 18 Apr 2014

PARIS - A takeover saga shaking up France's IT services sector took a new turn on Friday when Atos said its bid for rival Steria , made before the latter agreed to an all-share offer from Sopra , was in cash - and was still on the table.

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Diageo, Remy Cointreau crimped by Chinese sobriety 17 Apr 2014

LONDON/PARIS - Britain's Diageo and France's Remy Cointreau reported steep sales declines in China on Thursday, failing to revive a taste for their luxury spirits more than a year after an anti-corruption campaign first hit conspicuous consumption.