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EU takes France to court over failure to recover illegal state aid from airlines

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France is sent before European Court of Justice over 10M-euros given to low-cost airlines Ryannair and Transavia to use regional airports.

France's role behind Greek bailout deal

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Analysts say that while Germany remains EU's senior player, the debt talks saga has shown France can still be a key counterweight power.

France and Germany unhappy with EU migrant quota plans

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French and German interior ministers said EU plan to resettle migrants across member states should 'take better account of efforts already made'.

France's far-right Front National calls for EU referendum

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FN's Florian Philippot says French President François Hollande should 'follow the British example' and hold a vote on EU membership.

France accuses British PM of trying to 'dismantle' European Union

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As David Cameron embarks on charm offensive with European leaders, French foreign minister describes EU referendum pledge as 'risky'.

EU wants France to take in 9,000 asylum seekers

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Number is France's proposed 'share' of 40,000 asylum-seekers already in Italy and Greece plus 20,000 refugees currently outside Europe.

France and Germany agree closer eurozone ties without EU treaty change

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Deal between Paris and Berlin on tighter political union seen as blow to British premier David Cameron's own hopes for treaty changes.

French government rules out any EU treaty change for UK

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In major blow to British premier's efforts to change bloc’s rules, French minister says attempt to change treaties would be 'doomed to failure'.

France backs EU plan for migrant quotas

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Visiting Malta, French European affairs minister Harlem Désir said genuine asylum seekers should be relocated equally among member states.

Hollande invites re-elected Cameron to Paris

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The French president congratulated the British PM for his election victory and invited him to France for talks on international affairs and the EU.

France mounts challenge against EU structural deficit targets

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France, which has already missed previous EU-imposed targets, hasnow  announced smaller deficit reductions than demanded in 2016 and 2017.

French farmers uneasy as EU ends 30 years of milk quotas

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France's dairy industry, which employs some 200,000 people, fears the sudden flood of extra milk will cause prices to collapse.

French deficit figures mean economy is improving, says minister

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After better-than-expected deficit data for 2014, France's finance minister Michel Sapin said there were reasons to be confident about growth.

Mario Monti says France has become 'big problem' for Europe

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Former Italian PM said French economic decline and a rise in Eurosceptism and populism weakens Franco-German 'entente' and therefore the EU.

EU grants France two-year delay on deficit targets

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In a third reprieve obtained by Paris, the European Commission has allowed France until 2017 to bring its public deficit to under 3% of GDP.