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With French-flavored EU line-up, Macron builds future influence

03 Jul 2019

PARIS/BRUSSELS After struggling to get his way in Brussels for much of the past two years, Emmanuel Macron can claim a rare victory in brokering a deal on Europe's new leadership team, in a sign the French president might wield greater influence in coming years.

With French-flavoured EU line-up, Macron builds future influence

03 Jul 2019

PARIS/BRUSSELS After struggling to get his way in Brussels for much of the past two years, Emmanuel Macron can claim a rare victory in brokering a deal on Europe's new leadership team, in a sign the French president might wield greater influence in coming years.

Tusk pushes against Franco-German tussle over top EU jobs

19 Jun 2019

BRUSSELS/PARIS/BERLIN European Council President Donald Tusk put pressure on EU leaders on Wednesday to swiftly agree on who should hold the bloc's top jobs but a tug-of-war between Germany and France was likely to prevent a deal at a summit on Thursday.

France sees over 3 billion euros in savings from tighter jobless benefits, angering unions

18 Jun 2019

PARIS A planned tightening of jobless benefits in France should save $3.4 billion euros (£3.04 billion) by 2021, the government said on Tuesday, causing shock and fury among unions and prompting one labour leader to threaten street protests.

France suggests sanctions could be reimposed if Iran reneges on deal

08 May 2019

PARIS/BAGHDAD International sanctions could be reimposed on Iran if it reneges on commitments under its nuclear deal, sources at the French presidency said on Tuesday, after Tehran said it would scale back its compliance a year after Washington pulled out.

Iran exposes itself to sanctions if it breaches nuclear deal - French officials

07 May 2019

PARIS European powers will turn to a dispute mechanism that could reimpose international sanctions on Iran if Tehran reneges on parts of the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, French presidential sources warned on Tuesday.

UPDATE 2-Iran exposes itself to sanctions if it breaches nuclear deal - French officials

07 May 2019

PARIS, May 7 European powers will turn to a dispute mechanism that could reimpose international sanctions on Iran if Tehran reneges on parts of the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, French presidential sources warned on Tuesday.

Macron's Great Debate shows need to cut taxes faster, says French PM

08 Apr 2019

PARIS French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said that after three months of public debate it was that clear tax cuts must be speeded up to quell the widespread anger over high living costs that has fuelled anti-government protests.

European leaders press for fairer trade relationship with China

26 Mar 2019

PARIS Europe's top leaders told President Xi Jinping on Tuesday they wanted a fairer trading relationship with China, signalling an openness to engage with Beijing's "Belt and Road" infrastructure project if it meant more access to the Chinese market. | Video

EU leaders to warn of cyber, fake news threat to May elections

20 Mar 2019

By Alissa de Carbonnel, Alastair Macdonald and Jean-Baptiste Vey

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