Bruno Le Maire

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Combining with Bombardier Transportation would make Alstom the clear No 2 in rail equipment and help it counter the industry leader, China’s CRRC. Photograph: Benoit Tessier/File Photo/Reuters

French train maker Alstom agreed to buy the rail unit of Bombardier for as much as €6.2 billion to almost double in size, as the Canadian firm offload(...)

OECD secretary general Angel Gurría (left) and French finance minister Bruno Le Maire take part in a panel session during the 50th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos. Photograph: EPA

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) secretary general Angel Gurría said on Thursday he is confident international corporate (...)

Martin Shanahan (far left) at the presentation of an award to Apple chief Tim Cook by Leo Varadkar and IDA chairman Frank Ryan earlier this week. Photograph: PA Wire

IDA Ireland chief executive Martin Shanahan sees slowing growth and the advent of an international digital tax regime as potential challenges for the (...)

President Donald Trump meets with French president Emmanuel Macron   at Winfield House in London on Tuesday. Photograph: Al Drago/The New York Times

Like the Big Bad Wolf of childhood tales, Donald Trump threatens to huff and puff and blow the house down. Sometimes he relents, sometimes he does not(...)

A woman irons during a Muslim fair in Paris. Earlier this month, the head of a regional council for Marine Le Pen’s RN party called for a mother to take her headscarf off ‘in the name of the principles of the Republic’. Photograph: Yoan Valat/EPA

Tension and confusion regarding the treatment of French Muslims have increased dramatically since a deaf computer technician and Muslim convert stabbe(...)

Mark Carney: he has run the Bank of England since 2013, and is scheduled to leave at the end of January.  Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

European governments are actively discussing nominating Bank of England governor Mark Carney as the next head of the International Monetary Fund, acco(...)

European Central Bank president Mario Draghi, left,  with  Italy’s economy and finance minister Giovanni Tria during the Eurogroup meeting at the EU headquarters in Luxembourg on Thursday. Photograph: John  Thys/AFP/Getty Images

EU finance ministers and officials have warned Italy that it needs to bring its public finances back into line with the bloc’s rules, saying previous (...)

A person close to Fiat said: ‘They are trying to blame Nissan, but as far as we were aware there was no issue with Nissan.’ Photograph: Eric Gaillard/Reuters

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has withdrawn its proposal for a €33 billion merger with France’s Renault, reversing plans to create what could have been th(...)

European competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager’s intervention shows the way the wind is blowing.  Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland was one of the countries which blocked the proposed introduction at EU level of an interim digital sales tax – a proposed 3 per cent levy on t(...)

French finance and economy minister Bruno Le Maire. Photograph: Eric Piermont/AFP/Getty Images

French finance minister Bruno Le Maire came to Dublin this week offering friendship, particularly in support of Ireland and the wider EU27 position of(...)

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