Keyword: budget

French politician to Merkel: 'Shut your trap'

Jean-Luc Mélenchon Tweets attack after German leader asked France for more budget tightening; German minister strikes softer tone.

France's race against the clock over reforms

French president has 100 days to deliver on changes after EU set a deadline for removing barriers to growth by March 2015.

France and Germany pledge investment

After meeting in Berlin, French and German economy and finance ministers pledged to present public investment plans in December.

France sets up clash with Germany and Brussels over budget

President Hollande urged EU to ease rules on budget discipline to protect flagging growth ahead of full summit later this month.

EU preparing to reject France’s 2015 budget say officials

Brussels may be willing to use new compliance rules to tell Paris to rewrite its 2015 budget, triggering a crisis.

France defies EU partners with 'no austerity' budget

Ministers say borrowing will meet EU limits two years later than promised and that 'no further effort will be demanded of the French'.

French welfare deficit higher than planned says minister

Heath minister Marisol Touraine says social security deficit will hit 11.7 billion euros this year instead of originally forecast of 9.8 billion.

Eurozone ministers upset by broken French budget promises

Ministers from countries who have carried out major budget cuts said to be 'very unhappy' with French failure to meet deadlines.

Use budget savings to finance tax breaks says French minister

Arnaud Montebourg, an outspoken critic of austerity, also attacked EU policies and said European Central Bank should do more to help growth.

France to miss deficit, growth targets says IMF

Organisation also fears voter resistance to spending restraints could jeopardise France's long-term strategy for restoring public accounts to health.

France set to miss key deficit target says European Commission

But French finance minister Michel Sapin insisted in a statement that Paris would meet the 3 percent target in 2015.

France set to freeze welfare payments

Spelling out measures which angered sections of his own party, new prime minister Manuel Valls said: 'We cannot live beyond our means.'

France to miss deficit target: EU

The latest European Commission economic forecasts say the French government deficit will hit 4.1 percent this year, 3.8 percent next year.

France says 2013 deficit to be higher, 2014 growth lower

Finance minister Pierre Moscovici said 2013 public deficit will come in at 4.1 percent of GDP, higher than the 3.9 percent agreed with EU.

French public deficit 'to exceed 3.7% target'

French finance minister Pierre Moscovici has confirmed that the 'public deficit will be a little higher than expected'.