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Air France KLM reaches pensions deal with KLM staff


PARIS Air France KLM has struck a deal with its KLM pilot and cabin staff unions to resolve a dispute over pensions, the airline said on Monday, adding it would take a charge of 311 million euros ($366 million) in the third quarter as a result.

Engie seeks better offers for Australian coal-fired power plant - bidder 9:14am BST

MELBOURNE France's Engie SA has pressed for higher bids for its Loy Yang B coal-fired power plant in Australia following the release of a national energy security plan that encourages the use of coal, one of the bidders said on Monday.

U.S. must step up support for operation against W.Africa militants - France 20 Oct 2017

PARIS/WASHINGTON The United States must step up its support for a planned African force to fight Islamist militants in West Africa or it could fail, leaving French troops to carry the burden alone, France's defence minister said on Friday.


France gets serious over sexual harassment after Weinstein scandal - minister 20 Oct 2017

PARIS The Harvey Weinstein scandal is forcing a rethink of attitudes towards sexual harassment in France, a country that cherishes its self-image as the land of seduction and romance, said the minister tasked with cracking down on violence against women.


France's Macron says Raqqa fall not end of battle against Islamic State 20 Oct 2017

PARIS President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday that France's military would continue its fight against lslamic State in Syria, but that the fall of the militant group's bastion in Raqqa needed to lead to an inclusive political system to restore stability.


French defence minister - scrapping nuclear deal would be gift to Iran hardliners 20 Oct 2017

WASHINGTON France wants to take action to tackle Iran's missile programme and "destabilising" behaviour but believes scrapping the 2015 nuclear deal would help hardliners and be a step towards future war, France's defence minister said on Friday.


Macron lawmaker wants 'rich list' study amid wealth tax unease 19 Oct 2017

PARIS France's budget rapporteur on Thursday asked the government to spell out how much the rich stood to gain if a wealth tax was scrapped, as unease over President Emmanuel Macron's plan within his own party bubbles up.


Criticised for Egypt ties, France to raise human rights with al-Sisi 19 Oct 2017

PARIS President Emmanuel Macron, conscious of criticism of France's policy on Egypt, will raise his concerns over human rights when he meets Egyptian leader Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Paris next week, his office said on Thursday.


France criticises Russian stance on Syria toxic gas probe 19 Oct 2017

PARIS France criticised Russia on Thursday for calling into question an international inquiry into who is to blame for chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

France seeks food safety inclusion in EU-Mercosur deal - envoy 17 Oct 2017

BRASILIA France will propose changing the European Commission's mandate to negotiate a trade deal with South America's Mercosur bloc to include food safety provisions, its envoy to Brazil said on Monday.