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Nuclear, renewables to help French CO2 reduction goals, Macron says

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PARIS French President Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday he would not follow Germany's example by phasing out nuclear energy in France because his priority was to cut carbon emissions and shut down polluting coal-fired production.

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Luxottica CEO exits eyewear giant ahead of Essilor merger 16 Dec 2017

MILAN Italy's Luxottica has parted ways with its fourth chief executive in three years as Chairman Leonardo Del Vecchio prepares the eyewear group he founded for a planned merger with France's Essilor .

France moves to rein in corporate borrowing binge 15 Dec 2017

PARIS France's financial stability council said on Friday that it planned to set a cap on large banks' exposure to highly indebted companies after big French firms binged on cheap debt in recent years amid record low interest rates.

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French investigators piece together deadly train, bus collision 15 Dec 2017

PARIS Investigators on Friday reconstructed the seconds before a train ploughed into a school bus at a level crossing in southern France and killed at least five children, an incident the prime minister described as "horrific".

France says Syria's Assad not looking for peace, committing mass crimes 15 Dec 2017

PARIS France on Friday accused Syria of doing nothing to reach a peace agreement after almost seven years of war and said it was "committing mass crimes" in the Eastern Ghouta region where 400,000 people are besieged by government forces.

France cautious over U.S. "evidence" on Iran weaponry in Yemen 15 Dec 2017

PARIS France reacted cautiously on Friday to U.S. evidence which allegedly proved Iran supplied weapons to Houthi militia in Yemen, saying it was still studying information at its disposal and the United Nations had yet to draw any conclusions.

French anti-graft chief says his agency is powerless against foreigners 15 Dec 2017

PARIS The head of France's new anti-corruption agency (AFA) says one-year old legislation designed to bolster the fight against corporate graft should be overhauled because he is almost powerless to go after foreign companies.

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Four French schoolchildren killed as train ploughs into bus 15 Dec 2017

PARIS Four adolescents were killed when a train smashed into a school bus on a level crossing outside the town of Perpignan in southwestern France on Thursday. | Video

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French central bank bumps up 2017 growth forecast to 1.8 percent 14 Dec 2017

PARIS France's economy has grown faster than expected this year thanks to surging business and household investment and could gain further steam if reforms bear fruit, the central bank said on Thursday.

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Froome faces tough questions after positive Vuelta test 14 Dec 2017

LONDON Four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome could potentially be stripped of his Vuelta a Espana title after a urine test he gave during the race in September showed excessive levels of an asthma medication. | Video