Keyword: Brexit

French president says UK in for tough time if it demands hard Brexit

At a European Council meeting in Brussels, François Hollande said negotiations over Britain's future relationship with the European Union 'will be hard' if London adopts a 'hard Brexit' approach, while European Parliament president Martin Schulz said restrictions on immigration would mean an economic cost for the UK.

France, Germany to share military facilities post Brexit

Paris and Berlin announce plans to share air base and transport planes, probably at Orléans in central France, as part of a closer defence policy.

France turns anglophone to woo UK businesses

Regulators will accept paperwork in English in attempt to persuade finance firms to move from London to Paris after Brexit vote.

Sarkozy vows to offer UK exit from Brexit if he wins French poll

Former president plans revised EU treaty that he believes could persuade Britain to remain in bloc despite referendum vote.

Block UK financial firms from selling to Eurozone says Macron

Former economy minister and French presidential hopeful Emmanuel Macron dismisses idea of post-Brexit concessions for the City of London.

France and Germany plan ‘more active’ EU defence

Paper by country's defence ministers proposes setting up a European defence headquarters, a common surveillance system and sharing logistics.

Former French FM Michel Barnier to head Brexit talks for EU

The choice of former EU commissioner and French foreign minister to be EU's chief negotiator for Brexit was regarded by some in UK as a hostile move.

British PM Theresa May holds post-Brexit talks with Hollande

French President François Hollande said British people living and working in France can stay 'as long as they like', adding he expected a reciprocal deal.

French finance minister warns UK over plan to slash corporate tax

Michel Sapin said UK post-Brexit plan to introduce 15% business tax was 'not a good way to start a negotiation' on future access to EU markets.

France makes strong bid for London's banking business

Prime minister Manuel Valls tells French finance leaders he wants Paris to be ‘the financial capital of the future’ after Brexit.

France’s Alain Juppé offers Britain hope beyond Brexit

Right-wing presidential contender who is favourite in polls to win 2017 election seeks quick ‘divorce’ but says UK should not be ‘punished'.

Brexit threatens French wine exports

French wine dealers say the effects of Brexit and plummeting pound are being felt from Burgundy to Bordeaux.

Brexit 'cannot be delayed or cancelled' says President Hollande

French president, speaking after talks with UK premier David Cameron, said decision had been taken and people had to 'take the consequences'.

French Right flirts with own version of EU referendum

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Marine Le Pen, the head of France's far-right Front National has predictably welcomed Britain's vote to leave the European Union and has promised the French people a similar 'in-out' referendum if she is elected president. However, the idea of holding some form of referendum is also now gaining ground among presidential hopefuls on the mainstream Right, even if they are unwilling to give voters a straight choice between staying in or leaving the institution that France helped found. Aurélie Delmas reports on how the French Right is now extolling the virtues of national sovereignty in the wake of the Brexit vote.

France says Calais border will remain closed to migrants

President Hollande said it made 'no sense' to change 2003 Le Touquet deal which effectively moved Britain's border to northern coast of France.