Whiff of May '68 descends on France, but no revolution in sight

France — Link

As student protests and sit-ins gather momentum, railway services are disrupted with rolling strike action, and unrest simmers among healthcare staff and the legal professions, the May 1968 revolt that paralysed France and caused General de Gaulle to flee to Ireland was, say some observers, very different because it was inspired by hope and not the ambient pessimism of 2018. 

Macron v Macron: president's biggest challenge in 2018 comes from himself

France — Chronicle

“I did it in 2017....I will do it in 2018”. On Sunday December 31st, President Emmanuel Macron delivered his first New Year goodwill message to the French people. Just 12 months ago no one imagined that he would be the occupant of the Élysée. Even last summer, when he had been elected, no one thought he would be in a strong position. Yet here he is, and his political situation looks robust. But it is a little too early for the new president to get out the bunting just yet. For Hubert Huertas argues that President Macron is about to face his biggest political 'opponent' – himself.

EDF agrees deal to close France's oldest nuclear plant

France — Link

Utility giant EDF has agreed a compensation deal for the closure, now planned for 2018, of the almost 40-year-old power station at Fessenheim, close to the border with Germany in eastern France and built in an area vulnerable to earthquakes and above one of Europe's biggest underground water reservoirs.

Formula One racing to return to France in 2018

France — Link

The return to France of F1 racing is due to begin at the Circuit Paul Ricard in the south of the country, ending France's ten-year absence from the list of international locations of Grand Prix racing.

France 'seeks to delay' deficit target until 2018

France — Link

German business newspaper reports that Paris has asked for another extension on its deadline to bring budget deficit below 3% of GDP.