Keyword: Manuel Valls

French PM commits billion euros to 2024 Olympic bid

Manuel Valls said the money would be used to finance infrastucture and long-term construction which would be 'useful' to the population.

French PM hits back at Sarkozy's claims on French ancestry

At the start of a visit to Senegal, Manuel Valls dismissed comments by former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, campaigning in a bid to retake power, who said the ancestors of all French nationals are the Gauls, saying 'our country’s strength is its diversity'.

There will be new terror attacks, warns French premier

Manuel Valls said the intelligence services, police and military were daily preventing attacks and dismantling networks out of Iraq and Syria.

PM blasts NY Times for ‘false’ picture of life for French Muslims

Manuel Valls spoke after article quoted a number of Muslim women in France who said they had been subject of stigmatisation and racist abuse.

Naked breasts represent France better than headscarf, suggests PM

Manuel Valls described as 'cretin' by historian for comments about Marianne, a symbol of the French Republic, as burkini ban row continues.

EU causes fresh delay to plans for new French airport

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In February prime minister Manuel Valls promised that work would begin on a controversial new airport at Notre-Dame-des-Landes near Nantes in western France by the autumn. Yet despite a much-criticised local referendum that backed the plan, there are no immediate signs that construction work is about to begin, or even that the protesters who currently occupy the site face imminent eviction. The latest hold-up has been caused by demands from Brussels for information on the wider environmental impact of the project, which could see the start of work delayed until next year. Aurélie Delmas reports.

France has closed 20 radical mosques since December

News came after French PM said he would consider temporary ban on foreign financing of mosques, urging 'new model' for relations with Islam.

French PM says opposition using Nice attack to 'destabilise' government

Manuel Valls accused conservative opposition of mounting campaign over police numbers on night of Bastille Day attack for 'purely political' reasons.

Jeers for French PM at commemoration for Nice victims

Manuel Valls and other officials were booed at a packed ceremony on the Promenade des Anglais amid criticism of security policy in wake of Bastille Day outrage.

France makes strong bid for London's banking business

Prime minister Manuel Valls tells French finance leaders he wants Paris to be ‘the financial capital of the future’ after Brexit.

French PM bypasses parliament to force through labour laws

Manuel Valls says he is acting in ‘general interest’ of the country after four months of protests against the controversial measures.

London-based firms 'welcome in Paris' says French PM

Manuel Valls said that post-Brexit his government is working on initiatives to reinforce France's 'attractiveness' to large corporations.

French prime minister opposes EU transatlantic trade deal

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

Hollande to meet Merkel as France reacts to Brexit

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Brexit crisis: Hollande has been on the phone to other EU leaders, in this case Greek premier Alexis Tsipras. © (Elysée) Brexit crisis: Hollande has been on the phone to other EU leaders, in this case Greek premier Alexis Tsipras. © (Elysée)

News of the British vote to leave the European Union has caused considerable shock in France, one of the founding fathers of the European project. President François Hollande has called for immediate action to revitalise the EU and after meetings with ministers on Friday will meet with Italian premier Matteo Renzi in Paris this weekend and with German chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Monday. On Tuesday the French Parliament will also debate the likely impact of Brexit on France and Europe in general. Lénaïg Bredoux reports.

Europe's 'secret hand' in France's divisive labour law

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Crucial meeting? French and German finance and economy ministers meeting in Berlin, October 2014. © france-allemagne.fr Crucial meeting? French and German finance and economy ministers meeting in Berlin, October 2014. © france-allemagne.fr

The French government’s labour law reform bill, now being debated in the Senate, has prompted fierce opposition from several trades unions, massive demonstrations across the country, and a deep political and social crisis. Opinion polls show a majority of the population are opposed to the bill, which reduces current protection for employees with measures that include easing conditions for firing staff and placing a ceiling on compensation sums awarded by industrial tribunals. But the government is adamant it will not negotiate the bill's contents. Martine Orange investigates the reasons for its unusual intransigence, and discovers evidence that the most controversial texts of the bill were demanded by European Union economic liberals.