Numericable’s billionaire backer Patrick Drahi (above) told a news conference, saying his victory was down to preparation and seven years’ work on the project.   Photograph: Ivan Guilbert /Bloomberg

French companies Iliad and Bouygues weighed on European equities yesterday, on expectations that a failed acquisition bid by Bouygues would hur(...)

The agreed sale of SFR also promises to reshape Europe’s third-biggest telecoms market after two years of fierce price competition. Photographer: Balint Porneczi/Bloomberg

France’s Vivendi said it had accepted cable company Numericable’s bid for its (...)

Philippe Varin: will  be replaced next year by Renault’s former second in command, Carlos Tavares, in a move that may help it secure new funding from Chinese partner Dongfeng. Photograph: Reuters/Benoit Tessier

The French government told PSA Peugeot Citroen to review an “inappropriate” pension award to outgoing chief executive Philippe Varin for which it has (...)

Titan International: bet on Europe’s rebounding economy.

Titan International, the US tyre and wheel manufacturer, is planning to nearly double the size of its European business in a bet on the continent’s re(...)

French President Francois Hollande (L) escorts France’s Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault at the Elysee Palace in Paris after the government seminar.

“The future is not what is going to happen but what we are going to do,” Hollande added, quoting the philosopher Henri Bergson.Hollande had asked his (...)

French prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault: “We believe in Europe, but we are not the yes men of Europe,” he said. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Relations between Paris and José Manuel Barroso, the president of the European Commission, continued to deteriorate yesterday when prime minister Jea(...)

The chairman and chief executive officer of French telecommunications operator France Telecom-Orange, Stephane Richard.

Stéphane Richard, chief executive of France Telecom, was taken into custody yesterday for questioning over his role in an arbitration process that led(...)

France’s President Francois Hollande

In 1973, Frenchman François Gernelle built the world’s first micro-computer. In the decades after, France looked on as IBM and Apple spawned a multi-t(...)

Paris Plage, the artificial beach provided in central Paris in summertime. Photograph: Reuters/Philippe Wojazer

When a bank holiday falls on Tuesday or Thursday, French employees take the Monday or Friday off as well. The practice is known as a (...)

French foreign affairs minister Laurent Fabius whose declaration was the most eagerly awaited. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

a third of President François Hollande’s 33 cabinet ministers jumped the gun, publicly declaring the value of their apartments, houses, (...)

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