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Macron looks to make life simpler for SMEs

France's new president, Emmanuel Macron, was elected with a mandate to deliver change to the country. He is now attempting to do that by simplifying its labour laws in order to assist SMEs. Cécile Sourbes looks at the precarious road these reforms have taken.

European supply chain risk down in second quarter

Second-quarter figures from the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply show the positive effects of Emmanuel Macron's election to the French presidency. Natasha Turak reports

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France strikes back: optimism abounds as Macron takes the helm

Emmanuel Macron’s election victory brought equal measures of relief and optimism in France, for keeping the far right at bay and pledging economic growth. But the necessary reforms will entail taking on the powerful unions, which could test the new president’s popularity – and resolve – to the limit. Natasha Turak reports.

Macron warned on Labour reform

France’s new president faces union opposition to his labour reforms. Natasha Turak reports.

Tough labour reforms to test Macron presidency

After the euphoria of election dies down, French president Emmanuel Macron is likely to face a serious challenge from the unions when he tries to reform the labour law as promised. Natasha Turak reports.

Investor relief as Macron wins French presidency

Euro rallies against the dollar as former investment banker wins landslide presidential victory in France.

Le Pen victory ‘could be bad for property market’

French officials at property event MIPIM 2017 had mixed opinions regarding the outcome of the forthcoming presidential elections but were fairly certain that a Marine Le Pen victory could be detrimental to markets. Natasha Turak reports.

Investors spooked by Le Pen

Following political upsets such as Brexit and the US election outcome, investors are braced for the possibility that far-right candidate Marine Le Pen could become the next French president – dealing the EU yet another body blow. Timothy Conley reports.

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French cities eye potential Brexit spoils

More than six months after the Brexit referendum, the precise conditions under which the UK will leave the EU remain unknown. This has not deterred France from going after new business opportunities, however, and investment agencies around the country are working on plans to attract more UK-based companies. Cecile Sourbes reports. 

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Taking France to the world

Axelle Lemaire, the French minister of state for the digital sector and innovation, tells Sebastian Shehadi why France is emulating the US to think globally in its bid to boost its fintech sector at home and abroad.

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