France

BNP back in profit, on look out for bolt-on acquisitions

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PARIS - BNP Paribas , France's No. 1 bank, said third-quarter net income rose 11 percent from a year ago as gains in fixed income trading and in international retail offset a lacklustre economic environment in its core European markets. | Video

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Juppé's star rises amid French leadership void 7:37am GMT

PARIS - He has a criminal record for corruption and as prime minister in the 1990s caused France's worst unrest since May 1968 with a failed austerity push. Two decades on, opinion polls show he is the country's most respected politician in office.

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Power of 'France Inc' on display in Sanofi boardroom coup 30 Oct 2014

PARIS - Events at Sanofi this week cost a high-flying German-Canadian boss his job and global investors billions. They are also a reminder that corporate France carries the national interest in its DNA, and neglects its family duties at its peril.

France investigates mystery drone activity over nuclear plants 30 Oct 2014

PARIS - France has launched an investigation into unidentified drones that have been spotted over nuclear plants operated by state-owned utility EDF, its interior minister said on Thursday.

French soldier, about 20 Islamists killed in clash in Mali 29 Oct 2014

PARIS - France said on Wednesday a French soldier and about 20 Islamist militants were killed during a fierce clash in northern Mali near the Algerian border earlier in the day.

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Air France-KLM sees more belt-tightening after pilot strike 29 Oct 2014

PARIS - Air France-KLM said it would limit investments and accelerate cost controls next year to mop up the remaining impact of a recent pilots' strike that helped slash its operating profit by more than half in the third quarter. | Video

Russian minister says Mistral delivery on November 14 29 Oct 2014

MOSCOW - Russia has received an invitation to take delivery of the first of two Mistral helicopter carriers from France on Nov. 14, RIA news agency quoted Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin as saying on Wednesday.

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Behind the scenes of Sanofi's boardroom bust up 29 Oct 2014

PARIS - A boardroom tussle brewing for months at Sanofi came to a head on Wednesday when France's top drugmaker fired its chief executive, wiping more billions off its share price.

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Banks see upswing in loan demand across euro zone 29 Oct 2014

FRANKFURT - Around one in five banks across the euro zone expect companies to approach them for more credit as the year draws to a close, with those in Germany and France most optimistic, the European Central Bank said on Wednesday.

Schneider confirms 2014 forecasts after sales stabilise in Europe 29 Oct 2014

PARIS - France's Schneider Electric stuck to its full-year forecasts on Wednesday after reporting a 7 percent rise in third-quarter sales and said Western Europe showed long-awaited but fragile signs of stabilisation.