France

France boosts military response to Islamic State, eyes next phase

PARIS - France is sending more fighter jets and a warship to strike Islamic State militants in Iraq and will discuss with the United States long-term coalition strategy to tackle the insurgency, including in Syria, officials said on Wednesday.

French state fund sells 1.9 percent Orange stake

BANGALORE/PARIS - French state-owned fund Bpifrance said on Tuesday it was trimming its stake in telecom group Orange by 1.9 percent of the total capital to finance new investments.

Deals, 30 Sep 2014

France uses tax to put pressure on hepatitis C drug prices

PARIS - France will tax drugmakers whose costly hepatitis C drugs threaten to throw off course its healthcare budget, the government has said, heaping pressure on pharmaceutical companies like Gilead Sciences to cut their prices.

Health, 30 Sep 2014

Four arrested in French opposition party funding probe

PARIS - Four people were arrested and placed in custody on Monday as part of a fraud investigation into an events firm employed by France's conservative UMP party during Nicolas Sarkozy's 2012 election campaign, police and legal sources said.

World, 29 Sep 2014

France's far-right grabs first ever Senate seats

PARIS - The far-right National Front won its first ever seats in France's upper house of parliament on Sunday, as President Francois Hollande's Socialist party lost its Senate majority.

World, 28 Sep 2014

Air France strike ends, company to develop low-cost unit

PARIS - Air France pilots called off on Sunday a two-week strike that had cost the airline more than 280 million euros ($355 million), despite continued deadlock with managers over the development of the firm's low-cost operations.

Aerospace & Defense, 28 Sep 2014

Low-cost? Low chance for Air France and Lufthansa

BERLIN - Venerable old airlines Lufthansa and Air France know the smart money is in the low-cost market –Ryanair raised its forecasts again on Thursday - but powerful labor unions are keeping them from the bounty.

Aerospace & Defense 28 Sep 2014

Air France faces more strikes after talks with pilots reach deadlock

PARIS - Talks between Air France and its pilots reached an impasse on Saturday after a union request for a mediator was rejected by both the airline's management and the French government.

Aerospace & Defense 27 Sep 2014

Air France urges pilots to accept deal to end strike

PARIS - Air France sought to bring a costly 12-day pilots strike, over the expansion of its budget Transavia unit, to an end on Friday with a series of proposals that won the backing of the company's board and French Prime Minister Manuel Valls.

Aerospace & Defense 26 Sep 2014

France's Syria intervention policy could evolve over time - minister

NEW YORK - France's policy of not intervening militarily in Syria could evolve over time but there are no plans to do so for now, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Friday.

Syria, World, United Nations 26 Sep 2014