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France's far left leads protests against Macron reforms

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PARIS France's main far left party, the hardline CGT trade union and some 80 other organisations on Saturday led several thousand people in street protests across the country against President Emmanuel Macron's reforms of the public sector.

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LafargeHolcim to close Paris, Zurich head offices, axing 200 jobs 25 May 2018

ZURICH LafargeHolcim , the world's largest cement maker, will close its head offices in Paris and Zurich, eliminating 200 jobs as part of a cost-cutting drive.

Two French agents accused of spying for foreign power 25 May 2018

PARIS Two French former spies could face trial for treason over allegations that they passed state secrets to a foreign power, France's defence ministry said.

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Aperitif, anyone? Spirits firms chase cocktail for growth 25 May 2018

MILAN/LONDON Drinks companies are converging on an unusual cocktail recipe: less alcohol.

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French central banker sees Paris emerging as a post-Brexit markets hub 25 May 2018

PARIS Paris is set to become a European financial markets hub as international banks look to the French capital to base some activities after Britain's departure from the European union, the head of France's central bank said on Friday.

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Thales eyes bolt-on M&A but not chasing scale of U.S. rivals 25 May 2018

PARIS France's Thales has its eye on bolt-on acquisitions after securing chipmaker Gemalto but feels no immediate pressure to match the scale of 'nose-to-tail' aircraft parts suppliers like United Technologies, its chief executive said.

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France, Russia to push coordination mechanism efforts on Syria 24 May 2018

ST PETERSBURG, Russia France and Russia want to create a coordination mechanism between world powers to push ahead with finding a political solution in Syria, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday.

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U.S.-backed Syrian forces arrest French IS leader - SDF 24 May 2018

BEIRUT The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Thursday they had arrested a French citizen who headed an Islamic State group in Syria and had been involved in the Paris and Nice attacks in 2015 and 2016.

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France to push Libya accord at new Paris meeting, diplomats say 23 May 2018

PARIS France plans to hold an international meeting in Paris with Libyan political leaders to push for an agreement on holding U.N.-backed elections this year, according to three diplomats aware of the initiative.

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Uber widens health cover in Europe as new CEO meets France's Macron 23 May 2018

PARIS Uber plans to offer all its European drivers an upgraded version of the health insurance it already provides in France in a drive to attract independent workers and fend off criticism over their treatment.