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EU ministers need to broker a solution for Europe’s economy that addresses scale and urgency of #coronavirus impact

EU ministers need to broker a solution for Europe’s economy that addresses scale and urgency of #coronavirus impact

| April 7, 2020

Today (7 April) is a crucial day with Eurogroup leaders meeting to discuss the joint economic response to the crisis caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. On 26 March, heads of government, unable to reach agreement passed the buck to their finance ministers and the Eurogroup to come up with a solution, writes Catherine Feore. Clashing […]

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Amid criticism, #Macron vows to raise medical gear output to tackle #Coronavirus

Amid criticism, #Macron vows to raise medical gear output to tackle #Coronavirus

| April 2, 2020

French President Emmanuel Macron (pictured) has pledged to make France self-sufficient in protective masks by year-end and learn lessons from the coronavirus emergency, firing back at growing criticism of his government over painful equipment shortages, write Marine Pennetier and John Irish. France has already ordered 1 billion masks to ease an acute shortage nationwide that […]

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#France to withdraw all troops from #Iraq due to #Coronavirus outbreak

#France to withdraw all troops from #Iraq due to #Coronavirus outbreak

| March 26, 2020

France will withdraw all troops it has stationed in Iraq until further notice due to the coronavirus outbreak, the Armed Forces Ministry said on Wednesday (25 March), writes John Irish. “France has taken the decision to repatriate until further notice its personnel deployed in operation Chammal in Iraq,” the ministry said, adding about 100 hundred […]

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#Huawei will build factory in France whatever government decision on #5G equipment – executive

#Huawei will build factory in France whatever government decision on #5G equipment – executive

| March 5, 2020

Huawei will build a factory in France whatever the French government’s decision on whether to use the firm’s equipment in its new 5G network, an executive at the Chinese telecoms giant said on Wednesday (4 March), writes Mathieu Rosemain. Huawei, the world’s biggest telecom equipment maker, said last week that it planned to build a […]

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France’s Macron cancels events to focus on #Coronavirus response

France’s Macron cancels events to focus on #Coronavirus response

| March 3, 2020

French President Emmanuel Macron (pictured) cancelled two scheduled events this week to focus on France’s response to the coronavirus crisis, his office said on Monday (2 March), writes Michel Rose. A visit to southwestern France on Wednesday was postponed while his attendance at the Jewish group CRIF’s annual dinner on Tuesday was cancelled. “It doesn’t […]

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#Huawei announces it will open manufacturing plant for wireless products in France

#Huawei announces it will open manufacturing plant for wireless products in France

| February 28, 2020

Huawei has today (28 February) announced that it will open a factory in France dedicated to the production of wireless equipment for 4G and 5G networks. The majority of the products leaving this facility will be destined for European markets. The value of the first phase of this investment will be over 200 million Euro. […]

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#France should make more of the goods it needs as #COVID-19 epidemic shows risk, says finance minister

#France should make more of the goods it needs as #COVID-19 epidemic shows risk, says finance minister

| February 24, 2020

France should aim to produce more of the goods it deems strategic, such as drugs and electric batteries, as the coronavirus outbreak lays bare the danger of relying on imports from China, the country’s finance minister said on Sunday (23 February), writes Francesco Canepa. Bruno Le Maire (pictured) spoke to Reuters as the coronavirus epidemic […]

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