Germany and France shun UK survey

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Blow for UK premier David Cameron as Paris and Berlin refuse to take part in review of power balance between EU and national parliaments.

Britain and France 'will arm Syrian rebels even without EU support'

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Paris and London will call for bringing forward the date of the next European Union meeting on the Syria arms embargo.

Cash-strapped France, UK develop defence 'entente frugale'

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Dubbed by some as the 'entente frugale', Franco-British defence cooperation is increasing amid shrinking budgets and a less indulgent US.

UK to send troops to support French Mali campaign

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Britain says it is to deploy about 330 military personnel to Mali and West Africa to support French forces unseating Islamist rebels.

Tit for tat: France offers 'red carpet' to UK businesses in case of EU pullout

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Reacting to David Cameron's speech on Europe, France's foreign minister offers refuge to British businesses if UK referendum sees it leave EU.

Mali: Britain sends planes to help French

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Britain will provide transport planes to assist the French military operation in Mali, as France attempts to contain al Qaeda-linked rebels.

Delors says UK should leave EU

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Former European Commission president Jacques Delors told German daily 'British are solely concerned about their economic interests'.

Falklands archives reveal Thatcher's mistrust of Mitterrand over arms for Argentina

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Official papers just released reveal tension between London and Paris during the Falklands War over French supplies to Argentina of Exocet missiles.

France wants more "two-speed" Europe from 2014

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French president calls for like-minded EU countries to proceed with deeper integration, even if it means leaving behind more Eurosceptic states.

France, UK, protest against expansion of Israeli settlements

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France and Britain summon Israeli ambassadors in protest at the intended construction of 3,000 new homes in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

EDF's US nuclear plant plans in meltdown, and under a cloud in the UK


French utility giant Electricité de France has suffered a major setback in its plans to export European Pressurized Reactors to the United States, where the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has rejected its subsidiary’s application for a licence to build and operate an EPR reactor in Maryland. With its flagship EPR plant at Flamanville, northern France, suffering recurrent construction delays and overruning costs, the American debacle is a significant blow for both EDF, with debts of almost 40 billion euros, and for EPRs in general. Meanwhile, development of EDF's two EPR projects in the United Kingdom have become bogged down in a row over the true subsidised cost of the energy they will produce. Jade Lindgaard reports.

Why François Hollande hopes David Cameron won't roll out the red carpet

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France's President Normal is due to meet the 'chillaxing' British prime minister in London, but there are plenty of tensions in the relationship.

France's own MPs' expenses 'scandal'

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A Mediapart investigation has revealed that a socialist MP used his parliamentary expenses allowance to pay for family holidays abroad. But his is not an isolated case. Instead, it highlights the near total lack of transparency and control over the way that France's Members of Parliament make use of their generous monthly expenses of more than 6,000 euros. A number of MPs are now calling for greater openness in the allowance system, fearing that an expenses scandal such as the one that hit British MPs in 2009 could engulf them. Meanwhile an anti-corruption organisation warns that an MP who can be shown to have misused their allowances could be prosecuted for misappropriation of public money. Valentine Oberti reports.

London, France's sixth biggest city

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More French people live in London than in Bordeaux or Strasbourg and it is now thought to be France's sixth biggest city in terms of population.

British-based French voters preferred Nicolas Sarkozy

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French citizens living in Britain put the current president a whisker ahead of François Hollande, who came top in France itself.