Keyword: budget

France eyes computer screen tax to boost revenues

Government considers extending TV licence fee to include computer screen owners to boost revenues for public-sector broadcasting operations.

EU summit success to help Hollande pass fiscal pact

President Francois Hollande's role leaves him well-placed to win parliamentary support for stiffer budget discipline rules he once swore to rewrite.

France begins cuts in its own ministries as debt climbs

Prime minister has announced plans to reduce staff numbers in most government ministries by 2.5 percent per year over the next three years.

François Hollande and Angela Merkel meet in Paris with high stakes at play

Franco-German discussions need to build 'a concrete path' for Europe, says European Commission boss José Manuel Barroso.

France 2012 growth forecast cut to 0.4%

The national statistics institute says growth this year will be slightly less than the 0.5 percent previously forecast and budgeted by the government.

France raises minimum wage

Government announced the first real-terms increase in the minimum wage for six years but limited the rise to 0.6 percentage points above inflation.

Debt crisis: France must find €10bn of savings

The country must find up to €10bn of savings to bring its budget deficit under control this year, finance minister Pierre Moscovici has said.

France says determined to improve budget credibility

New finance minister Pierre Moscovici says there has been a lack of credibility for France over the public deficit and adds: "We're being watched".

France risks missing 2013 deficit goal, EU Commission says

The European Commission has sent a message to new French President Francois Hollande that his growth agenda faces severe constraints.

Worries over stretched French military

Analysts say French military is facing a crisis, strained by restructuring, budget cuts and three simultaneous conflicts abroad.