Keyword: Emmanuel Macron

France's Hollande under fire as Socialists face electoral meltdown

Many in Hollande’s own party have made it clear they want someone else to run for president in next year's election.

France set for 'de facto' end to 35-hour working week

After new report written on workplace reforms, prime minister Valls says 'exceptions' to 35-hour rule should not be seen as 'transgressions'.

France hopes to see Russia sanctions lifted 'this summer'

French economy minister Emmanuel Macron made statement to French business executives during a visit to Moscow.

Staff unions stall France's Sunday trading reform


Laws restricting Sunday trading in France were freed up in a package of liberal economic measures introduced last July by economy minister Emmanuel Macron. The so-called ‘Macron law’ allows stores in designated zones in Paris and a handful of other towns and cities to open every Sunday and to lengthen late-opening hours, on condition that agreement is found with staff. But, as Mathilde Goanec reports, fierce union resistance to the extended trading is stalling any widespread implementation of the controversial new law.

French economy minister dismisses Chinese growth figures

Emmanuel Macron said he did not believe 'for a second' China's claim that its economy grew by as much as 6.9 percent in 2015.

France 'will respect financial commitments' despite extra security spending

Economy minister Emmanuel Macron made pledge despite France's plans to create 5,000 jobs in security forces and avoid defence spending cuts.

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.