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Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

Twitter handle: @jeffmason1

16 Jul 2018

French fans give hero welcome to 'Les Bleus' World Cup champions

PARIS Hundreds of thousands of ecstatic French fans celebrated the return of their World Cup winning football team on Monday, jumping and chanting "We Are The Champions" as their bus paraded down the Champs Elysees before a special presidential reception. | Video

10 Jul 2018

National tensions simmer ahead of Belgium-France World Cup semi-final

PARIS/BRUSSELS It's a showdown between "Asterix" and "Tintin". Les Bleus (The Blues) versus Les Diables Rouges (The Red Devils). France against Belgium. The World Cup equivalent of a local derby, with a heavy dose of national rivalry thrown in.

27 Jun 2018

Is Macron's quick tongue his biggest weakness?

PARIS In his first year in office, French President Emmanuel Macron has had some big wins -- he's changed labour rules to make hiring and firing easier, stared down unions to overhaul the state-run rail company and tamed the budget deficit for the first time in a decade.

20 Jun 2018

Germany and France want euro zone unemployment insurance fund

BRUSSELS France and Germany want to set up a fund to help euro zone countries pay unemployment benefits in a severe economic downturn and will make a detailed proposal by December, a document agreed by Paris and Berlin shows.

20 Jun 2018

Germany, France push for easier debt restructuring in euro zone

BRUSSELS France and Germany want to make it easier to restructure sovereign debt in the euro zone by introducing a stronger legal clause in newly issued bonds, a document agreed by Berlin and Paris showed.

20 Jun 2018

Germany, France say EU should aim for 5 percent ceiling on banks' bad loans

BRUSSELS European Union banks should reduce the stock of bad loans to a maximum of 5 percent of the loans they hold, Germany and France said in a joint document, recommending a ceiling that would force Italy and other EU countries to hasten offloading plans.

19 Jun 2018

Macron's euro zone reforms - Grand vision reduced to pale imitation

PARIS When French President Emmanuel Macron laid out a sweeping vision for eurozone reform last September, he spoke of "rebuilding Europe", with a common budget for the euro nations and a single minister to oversee it all.

14 Jun 2018

French parliament approves SNCF reform bill in breakthrough for Macron

PARIS France's parliament overwhelmingly approved a bill overhauling the indebted state-run rail company SNCF on Wednesday, handing a significant victory to President Emmanuel Macron in his bid to outflank the unions and reform the economy. | Video

13 Jun 2018

French parliament set to approve SNCF reform in boon for Macron

PARIS, June 13 France's parliament will approve a bill on Wednesday overhauling the indebted state-run rail company SNCF, handing a significant victory to President Emmanuel Macron in his bid to outwit the unions and reform the economy.

11 Jun 2018

After months of strikes, France's Macron looks to break rail unions

PARIS In early April, thousands of French rail workers filled a square outside one of Paris's largest stations at the start of a strike against President Emmanuel Macron's reforms.

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