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Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

Twitter handle: @jeffmason1

Jun 22 2018

Lime launches electric scooters in Paris, targets Europe

PARIS California-based bicycle sharing service Lime will launch a fleet of dock-free electric scooters in Paris on Friday as part of a wider roll-out in several European cities, the firm said.

Jun 14 2018

France orders tobacco industry: stub out cigarette butt pollution

PARIS France will force tobacco companies to help end the scourge of cigarette butts that litter streets and contaminate water, unless they take voluntary action in the next three months, a government minister said on Thursday.

May 14 2018

Portugal's EDP shares leap as investors bet on higher bid

LISBON/PARIS Shares in Portuguese utility EDP jumped as much as 12 percent on Monday to trade above the price of a bid by China Three Gorges, indicating investors think the $10.8 billion offer is an opening gambit that could lead to a higher or rival bid.

May 03 2018

New recycling services boost utility Veolia's first-quarter revenue

PARIS Veolia said first-quarter revenue climbed by 3.7 percent to 6.4 billion euros ($7.7 billion) as its French water business returned to growth and international activities also showed double-digit growth, with new services driving earnings.

May 02 2018

Reden looks to M&A to take advantage of France's solar push

PARIS Reden Solar, a niche solar energy player backed by private equity funds, is looking to buy solar projects to take advantage of a government push to boost renewable energy in France.

Apr 26 2018

Engie CEO says no plans for German-style split of businesses

PARIS Engie CEO Isabelle Kocher said the French utility has no plans for a German-style split of its activities and had considered buying independent power retailer Direct Energie but decided against it.

Apr 19 2018

European utilities retrench as cross-border deals lose appeal

PARIS/FRANKFURT European utility companies are retrenching in their home markets and looking to unwind debt-financed cross-border mergers deals as increasingly nationalist governments balk at foreign ownership of strategic power supplies.

Apr 18 2018

Exclusive: Viability of French-Spain gas pipeline questioned - report

PARIS A report prepared for the European Commission has questioned the economic viability of plans to build a huge gas pipeline between Spain and France designed to boost security of supply in Europe, five sources told Reuters.

Apr 18 2018

Oil major Total pays $1.7 billion for French electricity retailer

PARIS Oil company Total said it will buy a majority stake in French electricity retailer Direct Energie in a 1.4 billion euro ($1.73 billion) deal that beefs up its challenge to state-owned market leader EDF .

Apr 10 2018

EDF says Flamanville weldings problems worse than expected

PARIS Problems with weldings at a nuclear reactor under construction in Flamanville are worse than first expected and may impact the cost and startup of the long-delayed project, French state-owned utility EDF said on Tuesday.

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