Sarkozy wins local election as far right makes gains - exit polls


PARIS - The far-right National Front strengthened its presence in France's grassroots politics on Sunday in a second round of local elections that TV exit polls showed was won by ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy's conservatives. | Video


Iran, powers struggle to overcome disputes in push for nuclear deal 28 Mar 2015

LAUSANNE, Switzerland - The foreign ministers of France and Germany joined the top U.S. and Iranian diplomats on Saturday to help break an impasse in nuclear negotiations as major powers and Iran closed in on a two- or three-page accord that could form the basis of a long-term deal. | Video

France presses at U.N. for Islamic State to face world court 27 Mar 2015

UNITED NATIONS - France said on Friday it would push the United Nations Security Council to refer the Islamic State militant group to the International Criminal Court for possible prosecution of war crimes and crimes against humanity.


France to begin push for U.N. Middle East action in 'coming weeks' 27 Mar 2015

UNITED NATIONS - France plans to start discussions with partners in the "coming weeks" on a United Nations Security Council resolution to lay out parameters for ending the Middle East conflict, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Friday.


Major Holcim shareholder wants clarity on CEO in Lafarge deal 27 Mar 2015

ZURICH - A leading shareholder in Swiss cement group Holcim wants to know who will lead an enlarged group to be formed in a merger with France's Lafarge before it decides whether to back the deal.

Peugeot, Mitsubishi to suspend production at Russia plant 27 Mar 2015

MOSCOW - PCMA Rus, a Russian venture owned by France's PSA Peugeot Citroen and Mitsubishi Motors Corporation , will temporarily suspend production of Peugeot, Citroen and Mitsubishi models, it said on Friday.


French consumers more confident, PM upbeat on growth 27 Mar 2015

PARIS - France will achieve solid growth faster than expected, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Friday, as data showed households more optimistic than they have been in four and a half years.


Iran's Rouhani intervenes as deadline for nuclear deal approaches 26 Mar 2015

LAUSANNE, Switzerland - Iran's president spoke with the leaders of France, Britain, China and Russia on Thursday in an apparent effort to break an impasse to a nuclear deal between Tehran and major world powers. | Video

Kingfisher 'considering all options' on Mr Bricolage deal 26 Mar 2015

LONDON - Kingfisher said on Thursday it was considering all options regarding its proposed 275 million euro (202.63 million pounds) takeover of France's Mr Bricolage after the majority of the board and the largest shareholder of the target company expressed reservations.


France cuts 2015 deficit target, eyes economic recovery 26 Mar 2015

PARIS - France cut its budget deficit target for this year on Thursday and said economic growth could beat the government's 1 percent forecast, after reporting a smaller-than-expected fiscal gap for 2014.