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Far-right presidential candidate Le Pen seeks plebiscite for Frexit

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Front National party leader Marine Le Pen, tipped by pollsters to reach the second round of France's presidential elections this spring, is making a French exit from the European Union one of her major campaign pledges, along with resinstating the franc as national currency within a euro-shadowing group of currencies with other nations disenchanted with eurozone policies.

France given clearance for beef exports to US

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France is now the fourth EU member country to be given back access to the US market after restrictions were applied to imports of beef, sheep and goats from January 1998 following the outbreak of the bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) epidemic.

In EU, French and Austrians fear globalisation the most

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Study shows 55 percent of Austrians and 54 percent of French see it as a threat, the only surveyed countries where a majority voiced that view.

France and UK seek EU condemnation of Russia over Syria bombings

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Diplomatic sources said Paris and London have also raised the prospect of sanctions on 12 Russians involved in the Syrian conflict, adding them to the EU's list of some 200 people that also includes three Iranians, with similar sanctions against Syrian individuals.

France defends ‘serious’ 2017 budget

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France, which has often broken the EU's fiscal rules, is targeting a deficit of 2.7 percent of GDP for 2017, under the EU's limit of 3.0 percent.

Le Pen vows to hold referendum on EU if elected

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The far-right National Front party leader, Marine Le Pen, made pledge to give French people the chance to vote on EU membership.

Former French FM Michel Barnier to head Brexit talks for EU

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The choice of former EU commissioner and French foreign minister to be EU's chief negotiator for Brexit was regarded by some in UK as a hostile move.

French finance minister warns UK over plan to slash corporate tax

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Michel Sapin said UK post-Brexit plan to introduce 15% business tax was 'not a good way to start a negotiation' on future access to EU markets.

How France lobbied EU to toughen anti-terror laws

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The influential Civil Liberties committee of MPs at the European Parliament has just agreed on a draft counter-terrorism directive for the European Union. Mediapart can reveal that the content of the text has been considerably influenced by Paris, which has been keen to include measures already adopted in France in recent years. These include a new crime of glorifying or praising terrorism, blocking access to websites and boosting the number of surveillance tools. Jérôme Hourdeaux reports.

German and French ministers urge deeper EU 'political union'

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Jean-Marc Ayrault and Frank-Walter Steinmeier urged other EU members to join them in further steps toward a 'political union in Europe'.

France and Germany 'in agreement' over UK's EU exit

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French president François Hollande and German chancellor Angela Merkel seek to restor calm over Brexit ahead of meeting in Berlin.

French prime minister opposes EU transatlantic trade deal

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Manuel Valls insisted that planned EU-US deal known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) was against 'EU interests'.

Brexit vote a 'grave test for Europe' says France's Hollande

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Europe has to show 'solidity and strength' in its response to the economic and financial risks, the French president said after cabinet meeting.

After Brexit, France's far right calls for 'Frexit' EU referendum

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Front National's Marine Le Pen, who displayed British flag on her Twitter page, said 'Bravo to the United Kingdom' after Britain's shock vote.

France would 'probably' vote to leave the EU says celebrated philosopher

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Bernard-Henri Lévy says Europe has become 'sad, grey and technocratic' and bureaucrats have turned continent into an intellectual wasteland.