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French utility EDF put its exit from the CAC 40 stock index down to the fact that the French state holds about 85 per cent of its share capital, severely limiting its free float. Photograph:  David Ramos/Getty Images

French utility EDF is to lose its place in France’s blue-chip CAC 40 stock index, ceding the prized slot to Klépierre, the real estate investment comp(...)

On Dublin’s Iseq,  Ryanair fell 0.7 per cent to €14.59. Photograph:  Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Stock markets worldwide dived into the red amid a commodity price rout in which the cost of oil touched below $40 a barrel for the first time since Fe(...)

The British are very good at pageants and ceremony, and over the five days of the visit of China’s President Xi Jingping they have been laying it on w(...)

Roads cut through the site where EDF Energy’s Hinkley Point nuclear power station will be constructed in Bridgwater, southwest England. File photograph: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

Chinese president Xi Jinping sealed a multibillion dollar deal to finance nuclear power stations in Britain, crowning a visit that prime minister Davi(...)

China’s president Xi Jinping and Britain’s prime minister David Cameron during a joint press conference in  Downing  Street. Photograph: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

When Britain’s first ambassador to the Chinese court, George Macartney, entered the imperial tent on September 14th, 1793, he saw a thousand Mandarins(...)

Applegreen: service station group’s shares fall another 2 per cent to €4.70

European shares closed generally higher on Tuesday, helped by a positive start at Wall Street. However, shares at German energy firms RWE and E.ON d(...)

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(...)

EDF chief executive Jean-Bernard Lévy: offering employees a one-off €10,000 payment to persuade them to work 212 days a year, rather than the current 196. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

For years, employees of the French company EDF have enjoyed a perk almost inconceivable to their counterparts in the rest of the industrialised wor(...)

The Electricite de France nuclear power station in Dampierre-en-Burly, France. The French power utility is the world’s biggest operator of nuclear power plants. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/ Reuters
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Image of the week: Nuclear option Steam rises at night from the cooling towers of the Electricite de France nuclear power station in Dampierre-(...)

The French government has been buying shares in French carmaker Renault SA to increase its stake to up to 19.73 per cent with the aim of blocking a resolution at the next annual general meeting that could reduce its control over the company. (Photograph: Angel Navarrete/Bloomberg)

The French government has been buying shares in French carmaker Renault SA to increase its stake to up to 19.73 per cent with the aim of blocking a r(...)

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