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Orange would consider bid for Vivendi's pay-TV if for sale - CEO

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SKHIRAT, Morocco France's Orange would consider bidding for Vivendi's pay-TV Canal Plus if it came up for sale, Chief Executive Officer Stephane Richard said on Thursday.

Israel's Netanyahu gives conditional 'No' to meeting Abbas in Paris

PARIS/JERUSALEM Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday that he had told French President Francois Hollande he would not meet Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas if France pushed ahead with an international peace conference in Paris later this month.

Italy's youngest ever premier felled by discontented youth

ROME Twenty-year-old Francesco Incorvaia, a sociology student from Rome, was just the kind of voter Matteo Renzi had spent years trying to win over.

World, Dec 07 2016

Valls seen losing French presidential race in first round: poll

PARIS Manuel Valls, who launched a bid for France's presidential election on Monday, would not gather enough support to go through to its second round, according to an opinion poll published on Wednesday.

World, Dec 06 2016

UniCredit in exclusive talks to sell Pioneer to Amundi

MILAN UniCredit entered exclusive talks with France's Amundi to sell its asset management arm Pioneer Investments, Italy's biggest bank said, setting the scene for a deal that could be worth more than 3.5 billion euros.

Deals, Italy Dec 05 2016

France's Left starts fightback after Hollande bows out of presidential race

PARIS France's Left on Saturday launched a bid to re-energize supporters disenchanted by Francois Hollande's five years in power and find a candidate to unite the ranks ahead of a presidential election next year where it could face humiliation.

World, Dec 03 2016

France, UAE launch fund to protect monuments in conflict areas

DOHA France and the United Arab Emirates on Saturday launched a $100 million fund to protect heritage sites threatened by extremism and conflict after the destruction last month of an ancient palace by Islamic State militants in Iraq.

World, Dec 03 2016

Bird flu returns to France's southwest foie gras heartland

PARIS France confirmed on Friday an outbreak of severe bird flu on a duck farm in the southwest and said the virus was spreading in the region, in a setback for French poultry and foie gras producers recovering from a bird flu epidemic a year ago.

Health, Dec 02 2016

French presidential race centers on 'top cop' Valls after Hollande bow-out

PARIS Prime Minister Manuel Valls emerged on Friday as the possible standard bearer of the ruling Socialists in France's presidential election following Francois Hollande's shock announcement that he would not seek a second term.

World, Dec 02 2016

Grim Hollande says he won't seek second term as French president

PARIS President Francois Hollande shocked France on Thursday by announcing he would not seek a second term next year, acknowledging his deep unpopularity and making way for another leftist candidate to take on conservative Francois Fillon and far-right leader Marine Le Pen. | Video

World, Dec 01 2016