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The political risks for Hollande as French mayors protest against cuts

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Mayors from across France have staged demonstrations against reduced funding from central government. However, the right-wing mayor who is behind the protests oversaw similar cuts in 2011 when he was budget minister. Meanwhile President Hollande, who is overseeing the current funding squeeze, opposed such moves when he was in opposition. But as Hubert Huertas argues, while there's more than a whiff of hypocrisy about the protests, they could nonetheless be damaging to the socialist government and the head of state himself.

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Revealed: the massive US industrial espionage against France

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The United States is conducting widespread economic and industrial espionage against France, including eavesdropping on at least two economy ministers, Mediapart can reveal, as part of its investigation carried out with Libération and WikiLeaks. The ministers concerned were François Baroin, who served under President Nicolas Sarkozy, and his socialist successor Pierre Moscovici, who is now a European Commissioner. But the top secret documents also show that the US National Security Agency has routinely spied not just on politicians and government officials but also French businesses seeking to win contracts abroad. The aim seems to have been to undermine the effectiveness and competitiveness of French companies competing for business on the world market. Fabrice Arfi, Lénaïg Bredoux, Martine Orange, Jérôme Hourdeaux and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange report on the latest disclosures.

France - a tax haven for Euro 2016 and other top sports events

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To support France's ultimately successful bid to host the Euro 2016 football tournament, ministers back in 2010 promised that the event's governing body UEFA would be exempt from all taxes on its profits. The current government decided to honour that pledge and enshrine it in budget legislation. But though the proposal met with opposition from many MPs in the National Assembly ministers then went even further and extended the exemption to other sports too. The result, reports Dan Israel, is that France has just become a tax haven for international sporting competitions.

French ministers begin open attacks on British EU veto

French ministers begin open slamming of Britain's use of its veto at an EU summit on Friday, ahead of David Cameron's much-awaited parliamentary speech.

France won't leave euro summit without powerful deal, says Baroin

France and Germany will not leave this week's EU summit without a "powerful" deal to end the eurozone debt crisis, says French Finance Minister.

EU rescue fund can be added to if need be, says French finance minister

European governments will increase the EU's emergency rescue fund if need be to contain debt crisis, says French Finance Minister.

Baroin made new French finance minister

François Baroin has been named new French finance minister, the budget minister replacing Christine Lagarde after her appointment as IMF chief.