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France gambles on privatization drive with lottery stake sale

07 Nov 2019

PARIS/LONDON The French government has launched its biggest wave of privatizations in more than a decade, kicking off the process with the sale of the majority of its stake in the national lottery monopoly.

France gambles on privatisation drive with lottery stake sale

07 Nov 2019

PARIS/LONDON The French government has launched its biggest wave of privatisations in more than a decade, kicking off the process with the sale of the majority of its stake in the national lottery monopoly.

Global climate fund gets $9.8 billion in fresh financing pledges

25 Oct 2019

PARIS Donor governments pledged $9.8 billion (7.6 billion pounds) in fresh financing for the Green Climate Fund, set up to help developing nations tackle global warming, the head of France's Treasury said on Friday.

French business activity firmer than expected in October: PMI

24 Oct 2019

PARIS French business activity picked up more than expected in October, boosted mainly by a firmer service sector but also by resilient manufacturing, a monthly survey showed on Thursday.

French industry morale at 4 1/2-year low as trade tensions bite

23 Oct 2019

PARIS French industry morale fell unexpectedly in October to its lowest level since early 2015 as France and its European partners became the latest target of U.S. trade actions, a monthly survey showed on Wednesday.

France urges EU tax on airplane and ship fuel

15 Oct 2019

PARIS France wants the European Union to work on creating a tax on airplane and ship fuels as part of a push to rein in carbon emissions, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Tuesday.

ECB needs to turn the page on September meeting, Villeroy says

11 Oct 2019

PARIS ECB policymakers need to put their most recent meeting behind them and move on, ECB governing board member Francois Villeroy de Galhau told Reuters on Friday as divisions over a key decision linger.

Multinationals risk heftier tax hit in biggest overhaul for decades

09 Oct 2019

PARIS Governments will get more power to tax big multinationals like Google, Apple and Facebook doing business in their countries under a proposed overhaul of decades-old rules.

UPDATE 1-French banks lowering mortgage lending standards - financial watchdog

01 Oct 2019

* Low rates squeezing banks' lending margins (Adds details, quotes)

UPDATE 1-France to raise bond issuance in 2020 on higher redemptions

27 Sep 2019

PARIS, Sept 27 France will raise the amount of bonds it issues next year compared to this year as higher redemptions offset a smaller deficit, the public debt management agency said on Friday.

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