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Linde, Praxair reach agreement on details of merger

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FRANKFURT German industrial gases group Linde and U.S. peer Praxair have reached a deal in principle on details of their proposed $70 billion (£54 billion) merger, Linde said on Wednesday.

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Finnish eurosceptic party should take bigger role in coalition, leadership candidate says 24 May 2017

HELSINKI Finland's eurosceptic Finns party must push for stronger controls on immigration and not just play a supporting role in the ruling coalition, the frontrunner in the party's leadership race said.

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Macron vows to step up French fight against Islamists in Africa 19 May 2017

GAO, Mali France will step up the fight against resurgent Islamist militants in north and west Africa and will work more closely with Germany to help the tinderbox region, President Emmanuel Macron said on his first trip outside Europe on Friday.

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Macron says France uncompromising in fight against jihadists in Mali 19 May 2017

GAO, Mali France will be uncompromising in its fight against militant Islamists in Mali and the Sahel region, President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday during his first visit outside Europe's borders.

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Polls suggest parliamentary majority within reach for France's Macron 18 May 2017

PARIS A parliamentary majority looks to be within reach for centrist French President Emmanuel Macron in next month's parliamentary election, opinion polls indicated on Thursday, as his cross-partisan government held its first meeting.

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Foreign diplomacy realities may impede Macron's European ambitions 16 May 2017

PARIS When Emmanuel Macron rode down the Champs Elysees after his inauguration in a military jeep and not the customary limousine, France's youngest postwar president sent a message that on his watch Paris will be strong and determined in its diplomacy.

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France's Macron takes power, vows to heal division, restore global status 14 May 2017

PARIS Emmanuel Macron took power as president of France on Sunday, vowing to restore the country's status in Europe and the world and heal divisions in society -- a nod to the bitter campaign the pro-EU centrist fought to defeat a far-right leader. | Video

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Macron to visit military troops next week, most likely in Mali - source 14 May 2017

PARIS French President-elect Emmanuel Macron will visit troops deployed abroad at the end of next week, most likely in Mali, a source close to Macron told Reuters on Sunday.

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France's Macron meets Merkel Monday, French troops abroad soon after 12 May 2017

PARIS Emmanuel Macron's visit to Berlin Monday, a day after his inauguration as French president, aims at stressing the importance of the relationship with Germany to relaunch the European project, an aide to Macron said, confirming the visit.

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French government resigns in post-election formality 10 May 2017

PARIS French President Francois Hollande said on Wednesday the government had tendered its resignation following France's presidential election and that he had asked it to handle day-to-day business until it is replaced.