France's tough line in major power talks with Iran may frustrate those looking for an early deal over Tehran's nuclear programme, but is helping Paris to seal strategic new links with Gulf states and Israel.
French President Francois Hollande suggested for the first time on Thursday that Paris could arm Syrian rebels in a "controlled framework," given that they were now caught between the Syrian government on one side and radical Islamists
France said on Sunday it could not act alone against Syria after the US stepped back from the brink, making Paris the last remaining top ally in the Western coalition to hesitate over punishing President Bashar al-Assad.
Negotiations between France and the United Arab Emirates over the potential sale of 60 Rafale fighter jets to the Gulf country are ongoing and have a chance of succeeding, a French diplomatic source said on Wednesday.
The on-off n
Executives from nearly 100 of France's biggest companies called on the Socialist government to cut payroll taxes by 30 billion euros ($39 billion) over two years to regain waning competitiveness.
With the government preparing
Socialist Francois Hollande swept to victory in France's presidential election on Sunday in a swing to the left at the heart of Europe that could start a pushback against German-led austerity.
Hollande beat conservative incumbent Nicolas
President Nicolas Sarkozy's chances of holding on to power were fading two days before France's election runoff, with far-right and centrist leaders refusing to endorse him and his usually bland Socialist rival performing confidently in a
Far-rightist Marine Le Pen threw France's presidential race wide open on Sunday by polling nearly 19 percent in the first round - votes that may tip a runoff between Socialist favourite Francois Hollande and conservative President Nicolas Sark