Tag: Emmanuel Macron

Can Macron get France to finally quit #smoking ?

Can Macron get France to finally quit #smoking ?

| April 14, 2018

Emmanuel Macron is gearing up to mark the first anniversary of his election as Elysee-watchers ask whether – or when – nationwide rail strikes will start testing his resolve for reform. For the young leader’s liberal agenda, it’s imperative the showdown over the railways not sap too much political capital or momentum. After all, the […]

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Three votes down – now for the #French

Three votes down – now for the #French

| March 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

Americans angry with their lot elected the anti-establishment Donald Trump despite a US economy running at an annual rate of around 3.5% and unemployment at a meager 4.6 %, writes Jeremy Gaunt. Britons believing they were being left hanging voted to leave the wealthy European Union trading bloc regardless of an economy gaining a relatively […]

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Almost three quarters of French against ditching #euro

Almost three quarters of French against ditching #euro

| March 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

Almost three quarters of French people are against leaving the eurozone currency bloc and returning to the franc, a survey showed on Friday (10 March), in bad news for far-right leader Marine Le Pen who advocates a so-called ‘Frexit’, writes Michel Rose. Some 72% of the French polled by the Elabe polling institute in a […]

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#France: Polls give Macron a massive lead over Le Pen

#France: Polls give Macron a massive lead over Le Pen

| February 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

An Ifop poll shows Macron catching up with Le Pen in the first round of voting and winning by a large margin in the second round. Other polls appear to mirror this and show that the French strongly support remaining in the eurozone. Macron’s surge is attributed to his backing from Francois Bayrou, who has pulled out […]

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#French economy shows no sign of election angst, ends year on robust footing

#French economy shows no sign of election angst, ends year on robust footing

| January 31, 2017 | 0 Comments

The French economy ended last year on a strong footing, picking up speed in the final quarter after a lackluster performance in the previous two quarters thanks to more buoyant consumer and investment spending which showed no sign of abating ahead of this spring’s presidential election, writes Michel Rose. Economic output in the euro zone […]

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#France borrowing costs rise as election uncertainty jolts debt investors

#France borrowing costs rise as election uncertainty jolts debt investors

| January 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

The uncertainty surrounding France’s upcoming elections appeared to ratchet up for debt investors on Monday (30 January), as the premium over Germany that France pays to borrow in bond markets climbed to its highest in three years, writes John Geddie. The chances that one of the two established political parties will regain power in May’s […]

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