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France's Macron trades barbs for diplomacy with Trump


PARIS France's president has not given Donald Trump an easy ride: a crunching handshake at one meeting was followed by a body swerve at another and then a public rebuke over his attitude to climate change. But now there seems to be an olive branch from Paris.


France to set up court to handle English-law contracts after Brexit 3:56pm BST

NEW YORK France will set up a special court to handle English-law cases for financial contracts after Britain leaves the European Union, Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Thursday as Paris steps up its charm offensive to attract banks.

France must find new cuts to tackle deficit - auditor 2:51pm BST

PARIS France's new government must rein in spending by billions of euros in coming months to live up to its deficit-cutting promises, the public audit office said on Thursday.


France sees Syria opportunity through closer dialogue with Russia 11:11am BST

PARIS France said on Thursday it saw a chance to break the stalemate in Syria's war as Russia now seemed to accept there could be no military solution and preconditions set by some opponents of President Bashar al-Assad had been dropped.


EDF must replace Flamanville reactor cover by 2024 - regulator 28 Jun 2017

PARIS EDF's Flamanville 3 nuclear reactor being built in northwest France is fit for service despite weak spots in its steel, but the utility will have to replace the reactor cover by 2024 at the latest, nuclear regulator ASN said.


U.S. President Trump to attend Paris July 14 celebrations 28 Jun 2017

PARIS President Donald Trump will travel to France for the Bastille Day military celebrations on July 14, President Emmanuel Macron's office said on Wednesday, in a sign the allies are seeking to bolster ties despite differences over climate change.

France's CGT alone among unions in labour reform strike call 28 Jun 2017

PARIS France's hardline CGT labour union looked isolated in its call for a September strike over President Emmanuel Macron's plans to ease labour regulations, as two other leading unions sounded a more conciliatory note on talks with the government.


Cyber attack hits property arm of French bank BNP Paribas 28 Jun 2017

PARIS A global cyber attack has hit the property arm of France's biggest bank BNP Paribas , one of the largest financial institutions known to be affected by an extortion campaign that started in Russia and Ukraine before spreading.


French parliament opens in test for Macron's many novice lawmakers 27 Jun 2017

PARIS The youngest, most ethnically diverse and gender-balanced parliament in France's modern history held its first session on Tuesday as President Emmanuel Macron's deputies, many of them political novices, got down to business.

French ethics panel backs lesbian procreation help 27 Jun 2017

PARIS Campaigners for lesbian motherhood got a significant boost in France on Tuesday when a panel of ethics specialists said that female couples and single women should be granted access to sperm-donor techniques of medically assisted reproduction.

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