Jean-Marc Ayrault

French Socialists deny plan to scrap school headscarf ban

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President François Hollande says much-attacked report on new approach to integration is 'not at all' the position of the government.

French unions, employers reach deal on job training reform

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Prime minister Ayrault says deal offers more training to those who need it most: job seekers, less-skilled workers and staff at small firms.

France should allow headscarves, Arabic in schools - report to PM

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Report provokes political row as opposition claim recommendations would pave way for multiculturalism to be the new social model in France.

Nelson Mandela: French flags to fly at half-mast

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France joins in tributes to the passing of the iconic anti-apartheid leader, with prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault saying: 'All humanity is in mourning'.

France adopts cautious approach to more Sunday trading

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Prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault rules out liberalisation of Sunday trading but promises to clear up 'inconsistencies' in current law.

New racist slur against black French minister

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Ministers examine moves to block publication of weekly far-right magazine that makes 'banana' jibe against justice minister Christiane Taubira.

Alcatel shares dive after PM threatens to veto job cuts

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Prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault threatens to block the loss of 900 jobs in France unless the layoffs and plant closures are scaled down.

France urges Europe meeting on migrants after Italy tragedy

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French prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault says it is up to European political leaders to find a solution, adding 'compassion is not enough'.

New French carbontax 'will raise 4 billion euros'

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A new carbon tax in France will generate 4bn euros by 2016, 2.5bn euros in 2015 alone, according to Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault.

French nuclear plants to help fund energy goals: PM

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Jean-Marc Ayrault unveils plans to finance energy transition with funds from nuclear plants on top of carbon tax levied on fossil fuels from 2014.

French workers, employers to pay more in pension reform

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The changes will also gradually phase in the number of years workers have to contribute to their pensions, but increasing retirement age is ruled out.

French pensions: big problem, small reform

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PM Jean-Marc Ayrault has ruled out raising the minimum retirement age and left the door open to tax rises in order to trim the annual shortfall.

French government pledges more police for crime-battered Marseille

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Prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault announced plans during a crisis visit triggered by another gangland killing linked to the city‘s drug trade.

French PM hails Mali elections as 'great success' for France

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Jean-Marc Ayrault was commenting on Mali's first presidential elections since France chased Islamist groups from their occupation of the country.

Sacked French environment minister launches outspoken attack on president and prime minister

France — Analysis

Hours after publicly criticising cuts to her department’s budget, environment minister Delphine Batho was sacked by the president and prime minister. On Thursday she hit back with an extraordinary attack on them for their handling of her dismissal and of their style of government.