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Luxottica's Del Vecchio says listing in both Italy and France still an option - report

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The group created by the merger of Italy's Luxottica and France's Essilor will consider a listing in both Italy and France, as well as the United States, Luxottica founder Leonardo del Vecchio was quoted as saying on Tuesday.

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Luxottica and Essilor in 46 billion euro merger to create eyewear giant 16 Jan 2017

MILAN/PARIS Italy's Luxottica and France's Essilor have agreed a 46 billion euro (40.4 billion pounds) merger to create a global eyewear powerhouse with annual revenue of more than 15 billion euros. | Video

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French ex-PM Valls trails in left-wing TV primary debate - poll 15 Jan 2017

PARIS Former Prime Minister Manuel Valls, long tipped to win the left-wing ticket for France's presidential election this spring, trailed his rivals after a debate on Sunday where his immigration policies came under fire.

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Emission probes could widen beyond Renault in France - Minister 14 Jan 2017

PARIS A judicial investigation into diesel emissions testing in France could widen beyond Renault after tests showed other carmakers had exceeded the authorised levels, the French environment minister said on Sunday, without elaborating.

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French leftwinger Melenchon says to stick to presidential bid 13 Jan 2017

PARIS Far-left firebrand Jean-Luc Melenchon on Friday rejected calls to drop out of France's presidential election in favour of a mainstream Socialist candidate, saying those urging him to do so could get lost.

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Serbia says it will retaliate if France refuses to hand over Kosovo ex-PM 13 Jan 2017

BELGRADE Serbia said on Friday it would refuse to extradite people sought by France if French authorities failed to hand over a former Kosovo prime minister and guerrilla commander who is charged with war crimes by Belgrade.

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Le Pen's currency proposal not "credible", says Luxembourg finance minister 13 Jan 2017

HONG KONG A proposal by France's National Front leader Marine Le Pen to ditch the euro and return to a national currency that would be part of a basket of European currencies with a system to manage exchange rate fluctuations is "not very credible", Luxembourg's finance minister said on Friday.

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Exclusive: Staff at French fashion house Lanvin fear job cuts as sales slump - sources 12 Jan 2017

PARIS Morale is low at Lanvin with staff expecting job cuts after France's oldest fashion brand swung into the red in 2016 and new designer Bouchra Jarrar failed to lift sales, sources told Reuters.

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Europe erects defences to counter Russia's information war 12 Jan 2017

BERLIN Nations in Europe, where Germany and France this year hold elections, are erecting defences to counter possible Russian cyber attacks and disinformation to sway Western politics, but intelligence experts say this might be too little and too late.

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French court orders release of ex-Kosovo prime minister 12 Jan 2017

STRASBOURG, France A French appeals court ordered the release of ex Kosovo prime minister Ramush Haradinaj on Thursday, but said the guerrilla commander during the 1998-99 Kosovo war would have to stay in France pending a review of a Serbian extradition request.