Keyword: Belgium

Hollande in pan-European commemoration marking start of WWI

The French president joined in a Great War centenary ceremony that brought together European leaders and royal representatives in Belgium.

France extradites suspected Jewish Museum shooter to Belgium

French-Algerian Mehdi Nemmouche is wanted by authorities in Brussels over shooting in May that left four people dead. 

The Belgium lawsuit threat to BNP Paribas executives after record US fine

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Last month BNP Paribas, France’s largest bank, was fined 8.8 billion dollars after reaching a settlement with the US justice system in which it pleaded guilty to violating US economic sanctions against several countries, including Iran and Syria and Sudan. The guilty plea is crucial for the bank’s shareholders for it could allow them to begin legal proceedings against those responsible for incurring the fine, a record in such prosecutions in the US. As Mediapart economic affairs writer Philippe Riès details in this analysis of the potential case against BNP Paribas senior management, all eyes are now on the bank’s principal shareholder – the Belgian state.   

France to extradite Brussels Jewish museum shooting suspect

Court rules that Mehdi Nemmouche, arrested in Marseille in May after shooting that left four dead, should be handed over to Belgian authorities.

French air traffic strike comes to an end

The main union behind the strike against budget cuts said French government had now recognised the 'importance of investment in the sector'.

LVMH chief in criminal probe over Belgium activities

Probe relating to France's richest man Bernard Arnault concerns a capital increase of 2.9 billion euros in LVMH's Belgian holding company.

France confident in giant Seine canal project

Boost for plans to build 106-km Seine-Nord freight waterway to Belgium, Holland and Germany after project gets more EU funds.

How ArcelorMittal milks Europe for tonnes of money

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ArcelorMittal, the world’s largest steel producer whose chairman and CEO is London-based Indian tycoon Lakshmi Mittal (pictured), pays hardly any taxes in Europe. Making the most of the tax-break competition between European Union countries, the group juggles transfer pricing and optimal fiscal gains for its financial flow. But behind what may appear to be a common sense business approach that makes the most of what’s on offer lies a secretive organisation that prevents any proper scrutiny of the real economic performance of ArcelorMittal’s plants or subsidiary companies. In this first of a two-part investigation, Martine Orange traces the steel giant's history and lifts the veil on its hidden practices.

France's richest man Bernard Arnault 'drops bid to become Belgian'

The head of luxury group LVMH said he always denied the move was for tax reasons but had abandoned plans to avoid 'any ambiguity'.

LVMH chief moves fortune to Belgium

After months of speculation, France's richest person has finally placed his multi-billion euro fortune in Belgium, denying the move is over tax.

France's richest man's bid to be Belgian suffers setback

Belgian prosecutors have advised against giving citizenship to Bernard Arnault, chief executive of luxury group LVMH.

Gérard Depardieu denies leaving France over tax

The actor, who now has a Russian passport, says if he simply wanted to avoid tax rises he would have gone earlier and insists he remains French.

Gérard Depardieu says he's giving up French passport

Actor claims he was "insulted" by critics for becoming a tax exile in Belgium and writes letter to prime minister renouncing his French passport.

French PM slams flight of the 'greedy rich'

Jean-Marc Ayrault attacks wealthy citizens fleeing France's punitive tax on high incomes as greedy profiteers seeking to "become even richer".

Depardieu bids ‘adieu’ to France to avoid taxes

Leading actor Gérard Depardieu has set up his home in a Belgian town straddling the French border, a local mayor has confirmed.