Keyword: Brexit

French presidential candidate Macron promises 'tough' deal on Brexit

Maverick centrist Emmanuel Macron, the former French economy minister who is currently tipped by opinion polls to reach the two-horse final round of presidential elections in May, has warned Britain that 'you don’t get a passport and you don’t get access to the single market when you decide to leave' the European Union.

Uproar over UK foreign minister's WWII jibe over Brexit deal talks

Following French President François Hollande's warning that the UK must be given reduced access to the EU single market after leaving the bloc, British foreign minister Boris Johnson accused Hollande of wanting 'to administer punishment beatings to anybody who chooses to escape, rather in the manner of some sort of World War II movie'.   

Hollande tells May that Brexit negotiations must start end of March

French President François Hollande, reacting after British Prime Minister Theresa May's speech on Tuesday setting out London's intention to seek a clear split from the European single market, said he wanted negotiations on the conditions of Britain's departure from the EU to begin as soon as it invokes the process, due at the end of March.

French finance minister slams UK 'improvisation' over Brexit

Michel Sapin said 'nobody was ready' for last June's UK referendum result in favour of the country leaving the European Union, and described the British government's threat that it might use lowered corporation tax as a bargaining card in negotiations over a Brexit deal as demonstrating 'how helpless the British government is'.

France 'aiming to take Nato leadership role from Britain after Brexit'

Paris sent unofficial delegation to US to argue that French armed forces were better placed to be America’s special ally in Europe after Brexit.

France moves ahead of UK in world economic table forecast

Britain's vote to leave the European Union and the resulting fall in the value of sterling have caused it to fall behind France in a world economic ranking produced by the independent think-tank CEBR, which also predicts strong rise in Asian economies over the coming years.

EU Brexit negotiator pushes for associate EU citizenship for Britons

The European Parliament's chief negotiator on the terms of Britain's exit from the European Union, Guy Verhofstadt, says he will fast track to the negotiations a proposal to offer associate EU membership to British nationals who wish to retain free movement to live and work on the continent.

France sets up Brexit team to lure business from London

An Oxford-educated Franco-Australian business leader is to be named the 'ambassador' heading efforts to lure UK-based companies to Paris.

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.