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France tells U.S.: back a global digital tax or risk others going solo

17 Jan 2020

PARIS The United States risks a proliferation of national taxes on tech giants if President Donald Trump rejects new international rules for taxing digital companies at next week's World Economic Forum, the French government said on Friday.

Paris shops' sales halved as strikes bring chaos to the city

08 Jan 2020

PARIS Five weeks into strikes crippling French transport, Emile Sebbag is agonising over how to keep afloat his two Parisian clothing stores, deserted by shoppers as the backlash against France's pension reform drags on.

France fights back over U.S. tariff threat to champagne, cheese

31 Dec 2019

PARIS/LONDON France and the European Union said on Tuesday they were ready to retaliate if U.S. President Donald Trump acted on a threat to impose duties of up to 100% on imports of champagne, handbags and other French products worth $2.4 billion (£1.87 billion). | Video

France rejects U.S. proposal on international tax reform

06 Dec 2019

PARIS France rejects a U.S. idea for companies to opt out of a proposed international tax reform, Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Friday, urging Washington to negotiate in good faith. | Video

Explainer: What's at stake in Macron's reform of France's cherished pensions?

05 Dec 2019

PARIS French public sector workers began a nationwide strike on Thursday over Emmanuel Macron's plans to reform France's generous pension system, in the biggest challenge to the president since "yellow vest" protests erupted last year.

U.S. floats 'safe harbor' proposal in global taxation reform drive

04 Dec 2019

WASHINGTON/PARIS U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin raised serious questions about OECD international tax reform proposals in a letter made public Wednesday, jarring international officials by floating the idea of a safe harbor regime.

France fights back over U.S. tariff threat to champagne, cheese

03 Dec 2019

PARIS/LONDON France and the European Union said on Tuesday they were ready to retaliate if U.S. President Donald Trump acted on a threat to impose duties of up to 100% on imports of champagne, handbags and other French products worth $2.4 billion.

Education levels stagnating despite higher spending: OECD survey

03 Dec 2019

PARIS Education performance has largely stagnated in many OECD countries over the last two decades despite higher spending, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development said on Tuesday in a survey of international learning standards.

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