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French president Francois Hollande: he took drastic action by overriding parliament to push through a package of business-friendly economic reforms. Photograph: Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty

French president François Hollande took drastic action on Tuesday to push through a package of business-friendly economic reforms, overriding parliam(...)

A lawyer throws a civil code book as justice officials demonstrate to protest against the new ‘loi Macron’ in Paris. The economy minister, Emmanuel Macron, has made proposals that aim to free up France’s notoriously inflexible labour rules and regulations. Photograph: AP Photo/Francois Mori

French economy minister Emmanuel Macron’s “Law on Growth and Activity,” which was presented in cabinet on December 10th, deals with so many elements o(...)

French lawyers protest against proposed reforms of the legal sector.

France’s government proposed a pro-growth reform bill on Wednesday that is crucial for avoiding EU sanctions but risks being watered down by left-w(...)

French Finance Minister Michel Sapin speaks to media after talks with German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, Jens Weidmann, chief of Germany’s Bundesbank, Anne Le Lorier, first deputy governor of the Banque de France, French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron and German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel in Berlin. Photograph: Reuters/Hannibal Hanschke

Europe needs less talk and more action to stimulate Europe’s ailing economies, Germany’s Social Democrat leader Sigmar Gabriel said, as he prop(...)

Myriam Bello, who is only permitted to work 30 hours a week at a New-Look clothing store, in Cergy, France. Photograph: The New York Times

On a recent weekday, Saifi Ahlem caught a 5 am Metro to get to her job as a passengers’ assistant at Orly Airport, where she often works 44 hours a we(...)

French finance minister Michel Sapin. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/ EPA

As he outlined the fiscal landscape in France, finance minister Michel Sapin’s tone was markedly more subdued than that of President François Hollan(...)

Sophie de Menthon with Emmanuel Macron: “What I did for four years in the private sector is very useful for what I am doing today.”

French prime minister Manuel Valls introduces his economy minister Emmanuel Macron as “the star of my government”. Macron was appointed in an emergenc(...)

Martine Aubry of the French Socialist Party  “It’s not too late to succeed, on condition we take the right path for the next two years.”   Photograph: Samuel Dietz/Getty Images

President François Hollande must have dreaded the day when Martine Aubry would break her silence. The mayor of Lille remains “la dame des 35 heures”, (...)

Economy minister Emmanuel Macron speaking with ecology minister Ségolène Royal, who had caved in to pressure from lorry drivers. Photograph:  Charles Platiau/Reuters

The French National Assembly began debating the 2015 draft budget yesterday. Paris will send the same text to the European Commission today. For at le(...)

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Image of the week: Sign of the times There’s a new addition to our occasional series of updates from the world of robotics. Meet Ms Aiko Chihir(...)

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