Decline of French language could cost half a million jobs : report

PARIS - A decline in the number of people worldwide who speak French could cost France 120,000 jobs by 2020 and half a million by 2050, due to missed economic opportunities, a report commissioned by President Francois Hollande said on Tuesday.

French economy minister urges alternative to German austerity

PARIS - The time has come for France to resist Germany's "obsession" with austerity and promote alternative policies across the euro zone that support household consumption, firebrand French Economy Minister Arnaud Montebourg said on Sunday.

Germany 24 Aug 2014

French economy minister says austerity measures sapping growth

PARIS - Austerity measures being pursued by France and elsewhere in the euro zone are quashing growth, French Economy Minister Arnaud Montebourg was quoted saying on Saturday, renewing his attacks on policies he sees as negative for the economy.

23 Aug 2014

European powers float idea of Gaza monitoring mechanism

UNITED NATIONS - Britain, France and Germany have floated the idea of creating a monitoring and verification mechanism for any future ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip to prevent future conflicts, a senior British diplomat said on Friday.

Exclusive: France forced to import wheat as rain hits crop quality

PARIS - France's rain-hit wheat crop has delivered the first shock of the 2014/15 season: the EU's top grower and exporter is buying Lithuanian and British milling wheat to mix with its unusually poor-grade crop to meet contracts signed before the harvest.

21 Aug 2014

France seeks international meeting to tackle Islamic State

PARIS - France said on Wednesday it wanted to bring together Arab states, Iran and the main world powers to coordinate a comprehensive response against Islamic State insurgents who control large parts of Syria and Iraq.

World, Syria, U.S., 20 Aug 2014

Germany, Italy say prepared to send weapons to Iraq's Kurds

BERLIN/ROME - Germany and Italy joined Britain and France on Wednesday in saying they would arm Iraqi Kurdish security forces fighting Islamic State militants in northern Iraq, in close coordination with the Baghdad central government.

U.S., World, Germany, Italy, Iraq 20 Aug 2014

Juppe joins race for French presidency in challenge to Sarkozy

PARIS - Former prime minister Alain Juppe joined the race to be the presidential candidate of France's centre-right on Wednesday, posing a potential challenge both to a 2017 comeback bid by Nicolas Sarkozy and to the rise of the extreme right.

World, 20 Aug 2014

Germany's Steinmeier says leaders may agree to continue Ukraine crisis talks

BERLIN - German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Sunday after a meeting with his counterparts from Ukraine, Russia and France that they would report back to leaders in their capitals and possibly agree on Monday or Tuesday how to continue talks.

World, Russia, 17 Aug 2014

Euro zone economy grinds to halt even before Russia sanctions bite

BERLIN/BRUSSELS - Euro zone economic growth ground to a halt in the second quarter as Germany's economy shrank and France's stagnated.

Germany 14 Aug 2014