In London, Royal Mail fell 4.9 per cent after chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne said the state would sell its 30 per cent stake in the postal operator. Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images

European markets slid to their lowest level in a month after talks failed to resolve the Greed stalemate and a broad sell-off of ex-dividend stocks(...)

Areva had also said it was undertaking a review of its strategic outlook and mid-term funding plan

Shares in French nuclear group Areva plunged as much as 23 per cent as a negative trading update from the firm raised concerns that it could be forced(...)

General Electric said the company would respond to the French government’s “legitimate demands” that Alstom’s nuclear unit remained French. Photograph: EPA/Etienne Laurent

General Electric, seeking France’s approval for its $17 billion bid for Alstom’s energy division, said it will keep the power-equipment maker’s nuclea(...)

Siemens considers Alstom’s energy assets to have an enterprise value of €10 billion to €11 billion.  Photograph:  Etienne Laurent/EPA

The French government has postponed a meeting with General Electric to discuss the US manufacturer’s bid for French rival Alstom’s energy busin(...)

French president Francois Hollande (2ndR) walks with freed  hostages Marc Feret (L), Pierre Legrand (C), Daniel Larribe (3rd R) and Thierry Dol (R) on the tarmac upon their arrival at Villacoublay military airport, near Paris, today. Photograph: Jacky Naegelen/Reuters.

Four Frenchmen held hostage in the Sahara desert by al-Qaeda-linked gunmen for three years flew home and were reunited with their families today, with(...)

Niger’s president, Mahamadou Issoufou (right), greets released French hostages in Niamey yesterday.  Photograph:  Reuters

Four French hostages kidnapped by al-Qaeda’s north African arm three years ago in Niger have been released, French president François Hollande said ye(...)

 Computer generated image issued by EDF of the planned Hinkley Point C nuclear plant.

The British government and EDF Group, the French state-controlled utility, announced yesterday they had reached a long-elusive agreement to build the (...)

Attackt are the first suicide attacks in Niger since a French-led offensive in January to oust Islamist rebels from neighbouring northern Mali. Image: Google Maps

Islamist suicide bombers struck a barracks and a French-run uranium mine in Niger today, officials said, killing 20 people and wounding (...)