Keyword: negotiations

Brexit talks: France rejects UK demands on finance, welfare payments

French president said there can be no special case for City of London nor restriction of EU migrants' rights, as demanded by UK PM David Cameron.

France leads resistance to UK push for its banks to dodge euro regulations

As diplomatic efforts to keep UK in the EU gather pace before key Brussels summit this week, France heads campaign against City of London perks.

Air France softens redundancy plan in exchange for deal with unions

Job cuts in 2016 will be voluntary and heavier job losses in 2017 will be avoided if unions agree alternative savings measures, says airline CEO.

France calls for swift Greece bailout deal

Arriving at a Brussels summit of eurozone leaders on Sunday, President François Hollande vowed to do 'everything' to reach a deal within hours.

France recognised as key pacifier in Greek negotiations

After last week’s referendum in Greece rejecting bailout terms Paris played a key role in helping Athens say analysts and Greek minister.

'We underestimated their power': Greek government insider lifts the lid on five months of 'humiliation' and 'blackmail'

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Le Néerlandais Jeroen Dijsselbloem (de dos) et le Grec Yanis Varoufakis, en février à Athènes. © Reuters. Le Néerlandais Jeroen Dijsselbloem (de dos) et le Grec Yanis Varoufakis, en février à Athènes. © Reuters.

In this interview with Mediapart, a senior advisor to the Greek government, who has been at the heart of the past five months of negotiations between Athens and its international creditors, reveals the details of what resembles a game of liar’s dice over the fate of a nation that has been brought to its economic and social knees. His account gives a rare and disturbing insight into the process which has led up to this week’s make-or-break deadline for reaching a bailout deal between Greece and international lenders, without which the country faces crashing out of the euro and complete bankruptcy. He describes the extraordinary bullying of Greece’s radical-left government by the creditors, including Eurogroup president Jeroen Dijsselbloem’s direct threat to cause the collapse of the Hellenic banks if it failed to sign-up to a drastic austerity programme. “We went into a war thinking we had the same weapons as them”, he says. “We underestimated their power”.

France adopts tough stance over US-Iran nuclear deal

With a March 31st deadline to ongoing talks, France has adopted harder line over conditions of a deal which the US wants to conclude swiftly.

Jersey talks with France over tax blacklist

A delegation from Jersey visited the French ambassador to London in an attempt to have the island removed from France's tax blacklist.

Celebrations over, president-elect Hollande now faces a baptism of fire

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France’s newly-elected president François Hollande has promised he will seek a reform of European austerity policies, beginning with a re-negotiation of the so-called fiscal compact treaty, and the introduction of economic growth initiatives. But his programme faces stern opposition from Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has ruled out any change to the fiscal compact. With a busy international agenda ahead, including summits of the G8 and NATO later this month, and crucial parliamentary elections in France in June, Hollande's room for negotiations before an EU summit on June 28th is uncomfortably tight. Meanwhile, the deepening political crisis in Greece continues to threaten an explosion of the eurozone. Lénaïg Bredoux and Ludovic Lamant report on the official and unofficial manouevering as the new French president prepares for his first major test in power.