PARIS - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has told French television the intelligence services of his country are in contact with their counterparts in France, which has severed diplomatic ties with Assad and insists he must leave power.
ZURICH - Sika's board of directors wants to buy out the company's major shareholder to try to stop a takeover of the Swiss chemicals business by France's Saint-Gobain , SonntagsZeitung newspaper reported, citing two unnamed sources.
PARIS - France will extend planned back-to-work bonus payments to part-time jobs and younger recipients, President Francois Hollande said on Sunday, as he battles persistently high unemployment that has tarnished his first three years in office.
WASHINGTON - France's challenge of structural deficit targets set by European Union finance ministers is a legal problem, but economic growth and nominal deficit goals are more important in the end, EU Economics Commissioner Pierre Moscovici said.
PARIS - The 86-year-old founder of France's National Front, Jean-Marie Le Pen, was under observation in hospital on Thursday after an operation, in the midst of a feud with his daughter Marine, now leader of the far-right party.
ZURICH - Holcim said a proposal by a major shareholder to have a seat on the board after the Swiss cement maker merges with France's Lafarge had come too late to be included in the agenda of a shareholder meeting next month.
NEW DELHI - Foreign fighter jet makers see a multi-billion dollar opportunity in India's decision to scale back purchases of high-end aircraft from France, which may free up cash in the world's largest arms importer to buy a new fleet of mid-range planes.
PARIS - Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy wants to rechristen his UMP party "The Republicans" - but more as part of a calculated bid to consolidate his own political comeback than in homage to similarly-named fellow U.S. conservatives.
JERUSALEM - Anti-Semitic attacks surged worldwide in 2014, with the highest number of incidents occurring in France, according to an annual study published in Israel on Wednesday.
PARIS - France will target smaller reductions in its structural budget deficit in 2016 and 2017 than called for by the European Commission in order to preserve economic growth, the government said on Wednesday.