Fuzzy policies: François Hollande speaks in the rain this week. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

François Hollande loves historic commemorations so much that he’s already made 25 speeches about the two World Wars. As his government collapsed la(...)

French president François:  has gone from saying ‘finance is the enemy’ during the 2012 presidential campaign to espousing supply-side economics. Photograph: Reuters/Philippe Wojazer

France’s rebel economy minister Arnaud Montebourg was replaced yesterday in the new government by Emmanuel Macron (36), the outgoing deputy secretary (...)

French president Francois Hollande and prime minister Manuel Valls leave the Elysee Palace in Paris following the weekly cabinet meeting five days ago. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

French prime minister Manuel Valls presented his government’s resignation today, a day after economy minister Arnaud Montebourg called for new econom(...)

People walking past a retail store that is having a sale in Rome. Italy slid into recession for the third time since 2008 in the second quarter. Photograph: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

The European Central Bank (ECB) faces fresh calls to adopt growth-boosting measures after data out yesterday showed growth in the euro zone has stalle(...)

European Parliament president Martin Schulz: “It’s not on that the public purse drops out as an investor in crisis countries and that private companies cannot invest in these countries because of the credit crunch.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Martin Schulz, European Parliament president and socialist candidate for president of the European Commission, has called for a rethink o(...)

 German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble said sustainable growth and stable finances were “not alternatives but two sides of the same coin”. Photograph: Yannis Kolesidis/EPA

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble has warned his new French counterpart, Michel Sapin, that the rest of Europe expects Paris to stick to it(...)

The Pole Emploi logo sits on display as jobseekers queue inside a branch of the French national employment agency. Photograph: Balint Porneczi/Bloomberg

France’s unemployment rate fell to 10.2 per cent in the fourth quarter, providing the first quarterly decline in two years and a boost for pres(...)

Laetitia, a 30-year-old unemployed Frenchwoman and member of CVStreet group, uses a brush to paste posters of herself and others unemployed people in the streets of Marseille. The main idea is to break the anonymity for the unemployed by posting their portraits in the street.

French governments have struggled with the jobless young issue since 1977, when then prime minister Raymond Barre launched the “pact for youth employm(...)