Keyword: Emmanuel Macron

France 'to give go-ahead' to Hinkley Point nuclear power plant project

French economy minister tells the BBC that 'we back' the building of the plant in England, contradicting his statement last week that no decision had been made. 

France says post-Brexit trade deal would require EU budget payment

French economy minister warns that if UK left EU it must contribute to bloc's budget for trade deal and may not receive full access to single market.

The hidden address that exposes French economy minister's true colours

An eye on 2017: Emmanuel Macron. © Reuters An eye on 2017: Emmanuel Macron. © Reuters

French economy minister Emmanuel Macron this week announced the launch of his political movement, En Marche, raising speculation that he was preparing a bid for next year’s presidential elections. Macron, a former advisor to socialist president François Hollande and who holds no elected office, declared that his movement was neither left- nor right-wing. But, as Laurent Mauduit reports, it is in fact domiciled at the private address of the director of one of the leading think tanks of French business.

French economy minister launches 'Right and Left' political movement

Emmanuel Macron, 38, unknown two years ago and belonging to no political party, has raised speculation that he may run for the presidency in 2017.

EDF's own engineers oppose Hinkley Point nuclear project


Plans by French energy giant EDF to build two European Pressurised Reactors (EPRs) at the Hinkley Point nuclear power plant in south-west England have already triggered the resignation of the company's finance director, led to opposition from unions and raised doubts from France's financial watchdog. Now, Mediapart can reveal, in an unprecedented move a number of EDF's own engineers have also expressed their deep misgivings about the multi-billion euro project and called for it to be delayed. As Martine Orange reports, the engineers fear the Hinkley Point construction could threaten the group's plans to renew France's own nuclear power stations in the near future.

French government pledges to fund Hinkley Point project

French economy minister Emmanuel Macron said utility giant EDF will be given extra ressources for disputed project to build nuclear reactors in UK.

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.