United States

French chef Bocuse gets rock star treatment in US

France— Link

The 87-year-old iconic chef got a rapturous welcome for the inauguration of a new restaurant bringing his culinary prowess to American.

US planes fly French troops to Mali

International— Link

The US Air Force begins transporting French troops and equipment from France to Mali for the military campaign there against Islamist militants.

US firms fall out of love with France, survey says

France— Link

Election of a socialist government was cited as main reason why French divisions of US businesses see country as less attactive to do business.

The hidden hand of French companies in US elections

International— Analysis

While attention in France and elsewhere in the world last week was mainly focused on the presidential race between President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney, there were also many Congressional contests taking place across the United States. An investigation has revealed that a number of French groups were involved in funding candidates at those elections. Officially the fund-raising was carried out by American employees of those French businesses rather than the firms themselves. But, curiously, these staff members tended to favour Congressional candidates who were close to their own company's interests. Martine Orange reports. 

EDF's US nuclear plant plans in meltdown, and under a cloud in the UK

International

French utility giant Electricité de France has suffered a major setback in its plans to export European Pressurized Reactors to the United States, where the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has rejected its subsidiary’s application for a licence to build and operate an EPR reactor in Maryland. With its flagship EPR plant at Flamanville, northern France, suffering recurrent construction delays and overruning costs, the American debacle is a significant blow for both EDF, with debts of almost 40 billion euros, and for EPRs in general. Meanwhile, development of EDF's two EPR projects in the United Kingdom have become bogged down in a row over the true subsidised cost of the energy they will produce. Jade Lindgaard reports.

US, France mark 50th anniversary of first TV satellite

International— Link

Fifty years ago a beach ball-sized satellite carried the first live television images across the Atlantic, starting a new era of global communications.

France Poised to Beat U.S. in Wheat Exports After Drought

International— Link

U.S. farmers set to lose their advantage over French growers in export markets after worst Midwest drought in more than a decade.

US confident of France's commitment to NATO

International— Link

The United States is confident of France's commitment to NATO regardless of who wins the upcoming presidential election, say White House officials.