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Sunday 22 March 2015

A twist of faith

After the horror of the Charlie Hebdo shootings, France is in a state of tension as it goes to the polls this month. Sophiane Nafa (photo), a social worker in Paris's 19th district, is among witnesses to the deteriorating mood of an increasingly divided nation.

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Sunday 18 January 2015

Monsieur Hollande's focus: heal his people

France's political leaders are moving quickly to deal with the aftermath of the recent terrorist attacks in the heart of Paris.

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Sunday 11 January 2015

France paralysed by ignorance, misinformation and horror

The slaughter of Charlie Hebdo’s staff by radical Islamists last Wednesday has raised the stakes in an already tense country to boiling point.

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Sunday 7 December 2014

Irish power making French waves

The French government has chosen turbines made by Irish-based marine engineering firm OpenHydro to power an experimental tidal generating station.

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Sunday 16 November 2014

OpenHydro is frontrunner for France's €60 million tidal farm project

Irish-based marine engineering company OpenHydro is the French government's first choice to provide turbines for a €60 million tidal energy farm.

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Sunday 26 October 2014

Irish brewery makes French Connection

A chain of seven bars opened by Irish partners in the French capital over the past 15 years has switched six of its seven draught beer lines to a range of O’Hara Irish craft brews – with only Guinness surviving the deal agreed with the Carlow Brewing Company.

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Sunday 12 October 2014

Euro Disney dream needs more cash

Despite the €1 billion recapitalisation plan announced by Euro Disney on Monday, the Walt Disney Company’s European adventures retain a fairytale allure – but smaller shareholders have seen their golden carriage turn into a pumpkin.

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Sunday 31 August 2014

French reshuffle silences debate that plagued Hollande's majority

An investment banker has replaced a leftist at the helm of France's economic policy, writes Thomas Hubert in Paris.

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Sunday 1 June 2014

Glanbia brings Irish milk to French shelves in Euro 4m deal

Irish liquid milk hit French supermarket shelves for the first time this week after Glanbia secured a €4 million contract with Casino, one of France’s largest retail groups.

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Elections: where next? Le Pen mightier than le old guard

The far-right party's success in the European elections leaves the future of the French political scene and France itself deeply uncertain, writes Thomas Hubert in Paris.

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Monday 31 March 2014

A National malaise

Name: Marine Le Pen
Age: 45
Appearance: A blonde, professional, besuited working mother.
Newsworthiness: Her far-right National Front party is claiming strong gains in France’s municipal elections.

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Sunday 28 March 2010

Tullow Oil is hopeful of securing Congo deal

Sitting in the lobby of Kinshasa’s Grand Hotel, Tim O’Hanlon has dressed down to a short-sleeved shirt. His marathon week of presentations and meetings is over - until his next trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo next month.

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Sunday 19 July 2009

Recession hits amount of money sent home by migrant workers

Recession and rising unemployment in rich nations have begun to eat into remittances, the multi-billion dollar stream of cash that African migrant workers send to their families back home.

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Sunday 29 March 2009

DR Congo signs deal with France’s nuclear power body

The French state-owned nuclear power provider Areva has signed a deal with the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo on ‘‘nationwide uranium exploration’’.

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Sunday 14 December 2008

Battle rages on to ban advertising from French public television

From January 5, French viewers watching public television will no longer need to zap during ad breaks: if president Nicolas Sarkozy has his way, they will be gone.

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Sunday 23 November 2008

Aubry wins in Royal battle

Martine Aubry, the Mayor of Lille and former labour minister, w as declared leader of the French Socialist party early yesterday morning after a bitter and extremely tight race that has left the country’s opposition in tatters.

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Sunday 2 November 2008

Beleaguered Strauss-Kahn fights back with loan initiative

Days after he was cleared of abuse of power, International Monetary Fund director general Dominique Strauss-Kahn fought back with the launch of a new short-term loan to help countries hit by the financial crisis.

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Sunday 26 October 2008

French bank officials pay for mistakes

The debacle that has unfolded at French bank Caisse d’Epargne over the past ten days exemplifies the financial crisis in the country.

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Sunday 5 October 2008

Dexia disaster forces ‘robust’ French banks to face reality

The past week has seen a dramatic U-turn in the French government’s attitude to the financial crisis, with president Nicolas Sarkozy rushing to the rescue of troubled bank Dexia and calling an emergency summit of the European Union’s four largest economies.

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Sunday 28 September 2008

Britain’s biggest nuclear operator finally falls into French hands

After months of hard-fought negotiations, France’s state-owned electricity provider EDF has finally won control of Britain’s largest nuclear operator, British Energy

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