Keyword: State

French minister sets environmental conditions for Air France bailout

Air France should become "the most environmentally respectful airline" as a condition to a 7-billion-euro state loan in face of lost business due to the Covid-19 virus epidemic said French economy minister Bruno Le Maire, after the aide package was approved by the European Commission.

French government says it is not seeking more control of Alstom

French industry minister said upping state's 20% stake in troubled engineering group, which announced a reorganisation of plants, was not planned 'at this moment in time'.

Prisoner in France successfully sues state over sharing cell with smokers

The non-smoking man shared a cell of around 20 square metres with up to six fellow inmates, several of whom were smokers.

French Senate votes for Palestine recognition

The narrow vote in France's upper house follows a similar move by MPs in the National Assembly earlier this month.

French Parliament to vote on Palestinian state

MPs in National Assembly will take part in 'symbolic' vote on Palestine but French government itself will not 'act alone' and recognise state.

French unions open to possible state stake in PSA

News comes as reports suggest loss-making carmaker is considering joint stake by French government and Chinese state firm Dongfeng Motor.

France challenges arbitration award in Tapie inquiry

State-controlled body takes action to annul €403m award to colourful businessman Bernard Tapie over his dispute with bank Credit Lyonnais.

Public service reforms in France: all pain, little gain


In 2007 the government under newly-elected President Nicolas Sarkozy launched a far-reaching series of reforms of the French state and its functions. These much-trumpeted measures were intended to modernise the country's administration – and save money. But though thousands of jobs have gone and some state services have become more expensive, there is little tangible proof that the changes have produced substantial savings. Lucie Delaporte reports.