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France under fire for 'historic error' of blocking Balkan EU hopefuls

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BRUSSELS Senior European Union officials, worried by growing Chinese and Russian influence in the Balkans, accused France on Friday of making a "historic error" by refusing to let North Macedonia and Albania start talks on joining the EU.

Macron takes swipe at halting NATO reaction to Turkey's Syria incursion

BRUSSELS France's president on Friday decried NATO's inability to react to what he called Turkey's "crazy" offensive into northern Syria and said it was time Europe stopped acting like a junior ally when it came to the Middle East.

World, Turkey, Syria Oct 18 2019

French lottery group gets green light for IPO

PARIS State-controlled lottery operator Francaise des Jeux (FDJ) on Friday kicked off the first step of a long-awaited privatization drive in France, saying it had approval from the country's stock market operator to register its listing document.

Oct 18 2019

France says foiled September 11-inspired attack

PARIS France's interior minister said on Thursday that intelligence services had arrested a man for planning an attack inspired by plane attacks on the World Trade Center in New York in Sept. 2001.

World, Oct 17 2019

Renault warns sales to fall in 2019 as automakers struggle

PARIS France's Renault on Thursday cut its revenue guidance for 2019 further and lowered its profitability forecast, citing difficulties in markets such as Turkey and Argentina as carmakers grapple with a broad-based slump in auto sales.

Argentina, Turkey Oct 17 2019

U.S. boutique banks woo French bankers in Paris advisory push: sources

LONDON/PARIS/NEW YORK Several U.S. boutique investment banks are looking to hire senior staff in Paris in the wake of Britain's departure from the EU and have poached bankers from France's most established advisory firms, including Lazard, sources told Reuters.

Wealth Oct 17 2019

France worried by new phase in Iran's breaching of nuclear pact

PARIS France urged Iran on Wednesday not to scale back further on its commitments to a 2015 nuclear deal, saying Tehran's new threat to speed up uranium enrichment next month was "especially worrying".

World, Davos, Oct 16 2019

France and Germany sign deals on space and arms exports

PARIS France and Germany have signed a binding deal on arm exports control rules for jointly developed programs, such as the tank and the warplane of the future, the two countries said on Wednesday in a statement issued after a joint cabinet meeting held in Toulouse.

World, Germany Oct 16 2019

France's Le Drian to go to Iraq to discuss trials for jihadists from Syria

PARIS France's foreign minister will travel to Iraq on Wednesday to discuss a judicial framework that would enable jihadists being held in Syria to face trial in Iraq, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said.

World, Syria, Iraq Oct 16 2019

France demands Iran release two of its citizens held since June

PARIS France demanded on Wednesday that Iran immediately release two of its nationals who have been held in prison since June, a situation that is likely to complicate Paris's efforts to defuse tensions between the United States and Tehran.

World, Davos Oct 16 2019