Keyword: Emmanuel Macron

French minister challenges Renault boss

Economy minister Emmanuel Macron unhappy at plans to dilute French government's shareholding in favour of Renault's partner Nissan.

French socialists' struggle for direction

As far-right National Front party surges in polls for December local elections, French politics are relentlessly driven from the Right, argues NYT.

France softens its opposition to British EU reform plans

Economy minister Emmanuel Macron said creative ways can be found to amend EU treaties and prevent a European 'Brexit' crisis.

France's economy minister calls for euro zone government

Despite German opposition to idea, Emmanuel Macron calls for permanent fiscal transfers to poorer countries to avoid end of euro.

France's economy minister sparks new controversy over 35-hour week

New attack on flagship socialist policy by former investment banker Emmanuel Macron leads to new row on eve of party conference.

French and British economy ministers meet on EU reform

Emmanuel Macron hosted Paris talks with his counterpart George Osborne, saying "fair rules" needed to protect interests of those outside the euro.

French government forces deregulation bill through parliament

The business reforms, which include rules to broaden trading hours and deregulate some sectors, were passed into law without a vote by MPs.

France's Numericable SFR makes fresh bid for Bouygues Telecom

Move by Patrick Drahi, owner of Numericable-SFR, to buy rival Bouygues Telecom for 10 billion euros is set to provoke controversy.

French and German economy ministers call for radical integration of eurozone

Emmanuel Macron and Sigmar Gabriel publish a joint op-ed calling for a common treasury for the eurozone with power to set taxation policies.

French minister's plea over planned sale of Dailymotion to Asian firm

Economy minister Emmanuel Macron says Orange, owners of the video platform, should consider all bids - including from European firms.

Nuclear firm's financial meltdown: workers set to pay heavy price for French elites' blunders


The giant French nuclear group Areva, whose core business is making nuclear reactors, has just announced staggering losses of 4.8 billion euros in 2014. That comes on top of nearly 3 billion euros of losses racked up in preceding years. In a bid to resolve this disastrous situation the state-owned company is now drawing up a restructuring plan that could lead to thousands of job losses. However, the group's woes cannot simply be blamed on recent events such as the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan or a cyclical downturn. Instead the group's terrible financial position has been building for many years thanks to industrial squabbles, bad management decisions and poor strategy. But as ever, says Mediapart's Martine Orange, it looks as if it will be the workforce who will pay the price of the group's failings rather than France's industrial, civil service and political elites despite their responsibility for this industrial fiasco.

Hollande fiddles while France spurns influence in Europe

A mini-reshuffle has taken place involving President François Hollande's senior advisor on the European Union. First the advisor was shunted to the prime minister's office, then it was confirmed he would remain as the head of state's 'sherpa' in charge of summit meetings in Brussels. As Ludovic Lamant and Mathieu Magnaudeix explain, this rearranging of advisors on the deck of state is symbolic of how, nearly three years after his election, President Hollande has shown himself incapable of presenting a clear, coherent and strong policy on Europe that would enable France to punch its full weight in Brussels. The result, fear some observers, is that France has lost considerable clout in the corridors of European power.

France's economy minister vows to push through reforms

Emmanuel Macron said government ready to override parliament again after forcing through package of business-friendly laws without a vote.

French government survives no-confidence vote in parliament

The no-confidence motion was triggered by the socialist government's use of a decree to force through pro-business reforms after a leftist revolt.

French parliament approves Sunday shopping zones

Economy minister Emmanuel Macron's bill allows 'tourist' zones in Paris and other cities where shops can trade on Sundays and until midnight.