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France's Hollande heads for showdown over job deregulation drive

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PARIS - Thousands of French "notaires" held what they said were their first-ever street protests in Paris and Marseille on Wednesday to challenge plans by President Francois Hollande to deregulate their activities.

As it moves into Europe, Netflix orders Judd Apatow comedy series 'Love'

LOS ANGELES - Netflix on Tuesday said it has ordered two seasons of a romance comedy by Hollywood hitmaker Judd Apatow as the online streaming service ramps up its original programming while it expands into France and Germany.

French welfare fraud costs 20-25 billion euros per year - report

PARIS - Fraud in France's indebted welfare system costs the country between 20-25 billion euros ($26-32 billion) per year and only a tiny fraction of that amount is ever recovered, an estimate by the French national auditor showed on Wednesday.

World, 9:32am EDT

French government calls for end to Air France strike

PARIS - The French government called for an end to the Air France pilots strike, now in its third day, as the dispute over cost cuts threatened 60 percent of the airline's flights on Wednesday.

As it moves into Europe, Netflix orders Judd Apatow comedy series 'Love'

LOS ANGELES - Netflix on Tuesday said it has ordered two seasons of a romance comedy by Hollywood hitmaker Judd Apatow as the online streaming service ramps up its original programming while it expands into France and Germany.

French PM Valls sees off revolt to win confidence vote

PARIS - French Prime Minister Manuel Valls headed off a backbench revolt against his government on Tuesday, winning a confidence vote after promising to preserve France's social model while pushing pro-business reforms intended to boost economic growth.

World, 16 Sep 2014

Airbus to sell off business units in defense and space review

BERLIN/PARIS - Airbus Group has unveiled plans to sell half a dozen businesses with combined annual revenues of around 2 billion euros ($2.6 billion), simplifying its Defense and Space division to focus on warplanes, missiles, launchers and satellites.

Deals, Aerospace & Defense, 16 Sep 2014

Pilot strike forces Air France to cancel over half of flights

PARIS - A pilots strike at Air France entered its second day on Tuesday, with the two sides appearing no closer to resolving a dispute over cost cuts that has forced the airline to cancel 60 percent of flights.

World, 16 Sep 2014

Orange strikes 3.4 billion euro deal to buy Spain's Jazztel

PARIS/MADRID - France's Orange SA said on Monday it reached a deal to buy Spanish fixed line telecommunications operator Jazztel Plc in an effort to bolster its mobile operation the country and better compete with rivals Telefonica and Vodafone.

Deals, 15 Sep 2014

Air France strike hits European travel

- European travellers face continued disruption as Air France pilots began a week-long strike in a dispute over cost cuts, but a pilots union at the last minute called off a strike planned for Tuesday at Germany's Lufthansa . | Video

Aerospace & Defense, 15 Sep 2014