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SocGen sees limited upside in stocks as bond yields set to rise

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LONDON With bond yields set to rise and shares already trading at expensive prices, there is little upside left in equity markets, France's Societe Generale said on Thursday in its 2018 outlook.

France tells Libya to act over migrant 'crimes against humanity' 22 Nov 2017

PARIS France demanded on Wednesday an urgent U.N. Security Council session on human trafficking in Libya and raised the possibility of sanctions on the country after a video appearing to show African migrants sold as slaves there sparked global outrage.

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Regulation should not hinder cross-border bank deals - ECB's Villeroy 22 Nov 2017

PARIS Tougher financial regulation should not have the adverse effect of hindering cross-border banking deals in Europe, said Bank of France governor and European Central Bank governing council member Francois Villeroy de Galhau.

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Iran's Rouhani urges France to remain 'realistic, impartial' in Middle East 21 Nov 2017

BEIRUT/PARIS France can play a productive role in the Middle East by taking a "realistic and impartial approach", Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, in a phone call on Tuesday, according to Iranian state media.

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Total risks entire Iran investment if it pulls out of project - Iran minister 21 Nov 2017

BEIRUT France's Total will lose all of its investment if it pulls out of a deal with Iran to develop South Pars, the world's largest gas field, the Iranian oil minister said on Tuesday. 

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Macron scores diplomatic coup on Lebanon but balancing act under test 21 Nov 2017

PARIS President Emmanuel Macron's initiative in bringing Lebanon's Saad al-Hariri to Paris puts France at the centre of a power struggle between Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shi'ite Iran and will test a policy of neutrality that critics doubt can be sustained.

Sales at DIY group Kingfisher dented by weak French market 21 Nov 2017

LONDON Kingfisher , Europe's largest home improvement retailer, reported a small fall in underlying sales in its latest quarter, with a weak performance in France only partially offset by strong growth at Screwfix in Britain and in Poland.

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Don't wait to see French reforms to strengthen euro zone - ECB's Villeroy 20 Nov 2017

PARIS The euro area can ill afford to wait and see if France's reforms bear fruit before deepening the bloc's economic integration, ECB policymaker Francois Villeroy de Galhau said in an interview published on Monday.

France should not interfere in Iran's missile programme - adviser to Iran's supreme leader 18 Nov 2017

BEIRUT France should not interfere in Iran's missile programme, Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior adviser to Iran's supreme leader, said on Saturday according to state media.

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Iran says 'biased' French stance threatens Middle East stability 17 Nov 2017

ANKARA Iran accused France on Friday of fuelling tension in the Middle East by taking a "biased" stance on Tehran's regional policy, and President Emmanuel Macron said Tehran misunderstood its "balanced" position.