Keyword: 2014

Peugeot-Citroën returns to profit after three years of losses

The French carmaker posts a 2014 operating income of 905 million euros after a programme of cuts in plants, jobs and new car investment.

French unemployment hits new record high

The number of jobless in France rose by 27,400 in November to total a record 3.488 million, representing a 5.8% rise over the past year.

Ebola could reach France by late October say scientists

Experts predict 75 percent chance virus could be imported to France by October 24 and 50 percent chance it could hit Britain by then.

German GDP expands, France stalls

Zero growth in first quarter in France as household expenditure and exports slowed considerably, while Germany's economy grew by 0.8%.

White, ageing and male: the profile of a typical French mayor

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Paris is about to have its first woman mayor in the city's long history. But the certainty that either socialist Anne Hidalgo or right-wing candidate Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet will take the reins of the French capital after the two rounds of local elections that start this Sunday masks the fact that most French towns and cities will be run by a man whichever of the main parties wins the local vote. An examination of the mayoral election candidates by Mediapart has revealed that the great majority are male, white – and not very young. Lénaïg Bredoux and Ellen Salvi report on the slow progress made by the country's two major mainstream parties in making their politicians more representative of the populace.

Michelin Guide gives rare three stars to 'Champagne chef'

The 2014 Michelin Guide has pronounced Arnaud Lallement the latest among just 27 chefs in France to be handed the coveted culinary award.

Jane Campion to head jury for Cannes 2014

Director of The Piano to take prestigious role as jury president for this year's edition of the leading European film festival.

Why France must cure itself of its addiction to Nicolas Sarkozy

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Nicolas Sarkozy, juillet 2013. © (dr) Nicolas Sarkozy, juillet 2013. © (dr)

The media is constantly speculating about the likelihood of former president Nicolas Sarkozy returning to the political fray and ultimately challenging President François Hollande at the next presidential election. Here academic, author and Mediapart contributor Christian Salmon argues that it has always been apparent that Sarkozy would seek revenge for his defeat at the hands of Hollande in 2012, and that the 'will he, won't he' story of his possible return is simply a marketing ploy to get French public opinion acclimatised to the idea. The real issue in 2014, says Salmon, is how to wean France off its addiction to Sarkozyism before it takes hold of the country once again...

Hollande to be first French president to visit Australia

The visit, in recognition of 'key role' Australia is playing in the world, will take place around the G20 summit in Brisbane in November 2014.

Rotting grapes from Bordeaux to Burgundy cut French wine outlook

Production forecasts lowered after rot due to wet weather causes grape losses, adding to damage from poor flowering and summer hailstorms.

Far-right Front National poised for key role in French local elections

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The elimination of the Left in the first round of voting in a recent local by-election in which the Front National came top has sparked fevered speculation about how Marine Le Pen's far-right party is likely to perform in next year's crucial municipal elections. A recently-published and detailed analysis of voting trends suggests the FN could have a major role to play in some areas. But, as Mathieu Magnaudeix reports, the study says the outcome will probably depend on how well the economy performs between now and next spring.

French far-right in pole position for EU election

Poll suggests Marine Le Pen's Front national could get 24% of vote in 2014 Euro elections and become most popular political party in France.

France pressured to remember WW1 soldiers executed for 'cowardice'

Next year's first world war centenary, to be launched by François Hollande, may include memorial for the 600 young men shot by firing squad.

French public debt to hit record high in 2014

The French government says the country's public debt will be a record 95.1% of GDP in 2014, up from 93.4% in 2013.

French public debt to reach nearly 2 trillion euros

The huge figure, which represents 95.1 percent of France's GDP, is far higher than previous government estimates.