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German-French rift likely to impede EU jobs deal this week

European Union leaders are unlikely to agree on names for the bloc's top jobs when they meet in Brussels this Thursday, diplomats and officials said, citing a rift between Germany and France as well as unresolved talks between political groupings.

French, Italian shipbuilders forge naval alliance

France and Italy forged a military shipbuilding alliance on Friday, as state-controlled Naval Group and Fincantieri signed off on a 50-50 joint venture that will bid for Franco-Italian warship projects and sell to the world market.

As Iran nuclear deal flounders, France turns to Saudi for oil

Over the past year, France has led a European push to keep trade with Iran alive after the United States tore up the nuclear deal with Tehran and re-imposed sanctions. But over the same period, data shows France has cut purchases of Iranian oil and sharply increased imports from Iran's arch-enemy Saudi Arabia.

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