French, Syrian intelligence agents in contact - Assad on French TV

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.


Sika wants to buy Burkard stake to thwart French takeover - paper 19 Apr 2015

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.


France to expand back-to-work scheme - Hollande 19 Apr 2015

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.


French deficit plan poses legal problem, but nominal targets key - Moscovici 18 Apr 2015

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.


French far-right party founder Le Pen in hospital after operation 16 Apr 2015

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.


Holcim says Eurocement plan too late for shareholder meeting agenda 16 Apr 2015

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.


Fighter jet makers eye Indian riches after scaled-back French deal 16 Apr 2015

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.


Sarkozy aims for French party of 'Republicans' 16 Apr 2015

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.


Anti-Semitic attacks surged worldwide in 2014 - annual survey 15 Apr 2015

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.


France challenges EU structural deficit targets 15 Apr 2015

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.