Keyword: United States

US set to unveil record fine for France's BNP bank

American Justice Department expected to announce a record fine of nearly $9 billion over alleged sanctions violations by France's biggest bank.

France seeks Germany’s support on BNP Paribas case

President Hollande talks with Angela Merkel amid fears that 'disproportionate' action against its biggest bank could pose risks to banking system.

BNP Paribas '$10bn' US fine unreasonable, says France

Foreign minister Laurent Fabius said proposed fine for alleged sanctions busting by French bank was an 'unfair and unilateral decision'.

US becomes world's top wine market as France's consumption drops

American consumers bought 29.1 million hectolitres of wine in 2013, while French consumption fell nearly 7 percent to 28.1 million hectolitres.

The timebomb hidden within the future EU-US trade treaty

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As the campaigning heats up for the European elections to be held later this month, critics of the European Commission’s handling of discussions over the future landmark European Union-United States free trade treaty have been making their voices heard. Of all the different concerns, the most controversial political issue now emerging is the intended inclusion in the deal of a provision whereby foreign corporations can sue governments before arbitration tribunals for damages in the event that their investments are undermined by future changes in laws, such as those concerning the environment or public health. Mediapart’s Brussels correspondent Ludovic Lamant reports.

U.S. in talks with France on Holocaust compensation

White House warns US states not to take action that could harm talks with French rail firm SNCF which deported Jews to WW2 death camps.

Orange 'shares data with French intelligence agency'

Newspaper report suggests the former state-owned French telecoms giant has been sharing information with security services for many years.

President Hollande's high-risk strategy over free trade talks with US

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During his recent visit to Washington French president François Hollande surprised many observers by calling for a speeding up of the negotiations for a EU-US free trade agreement, the biggest deal of its kind in the world. The president's demands are in sharp contrast with France's earlier caution over the free trade zone, an issue which has provoked concern and opposition across Europe. For some, it also seems a curious stance to adopt just weeks before important European elections at which the proposed deal is set to be a controversial issue. Ludovic Lamant reports.

Hollande US visit demonstrates stronger bilateral ties

François Hollande arrived in Washington on Monday for the first state visit by a French president in 18 years.

Yes, 2013 was a very good year...if you were rich

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According to many financial experts, last year marked a turning point in which the world finally began to put the financial crisis behind it. But if 2013 was the year when stock and property markets recovered to pre-crisis levels, it was also a period when the gap between the super rich and everyone else widened to levels not seen for practically a century. In the United States, as much as half of national income went to the very rich, a concentration of wealth last seen in 1917. In Europe poverty has made a comeback, and the most disadvantaged are scrambling to feed themselves and their families. Martine Orange reports.

Does immigration mean ‘France is over’?

American philosopher Justin E H Smith, who is teaching at a French university, explores the impact of immigration on France and its identity.

Hopi objects go on sale in Paris despite US challenge

The 32 ceremonial masks, head-dresses and other objects go under the hammer after legal challenge and objections from US embassy rejected.

France, ironically, stands as strongest U.S. ally in sanctioning Syria

The country which defiantly opposed U.S. intervention in Iraq a decade ago emerges as Washington's staunchest supporter for punitive air strikes.

Syria: war, silence and lies

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The United States and France – though no longer Britain, it seems- are poised to intervene militarily in Syria. While helping to remove the Assad regime is an urgent priority, the expected campaign of air strikes seems like a headlong rush without legal basis. And one which is a form of camouflage for past errors and acts of cowardice, the opportunistic management of public opinion and a possible trigger for a regional cataclysm with incalculable consequences. Yet, argues Mediapart editor François Bonnet, there are alternatives.

Obama the isolationist

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After days of hesitation, the United States finally seems poised to intervene militarily following Syria's use of chemical weapons against its own people. But until then, faced with the enduring crises in Syria and Egypt, the White House had sometimes given the impression that the entire administration was on its summer holiday. More generally, during the first five years of his presidency Barack Obama has shown indecision and muddle in his handling of international issues. To the point, argues Thomas Cantaloube, that the United States is in danger of slipping towards insignificance on the world stage.