Economy of France

French incentives to strengthen Hong Kong ties

Fleur Pellerin, France's first South Korean-born minister, is touring Asia to promote French investment opportunities. Photo: Dickson Lee

Fleur Pellerin, France's minister for small and medium-sized enterprises, innovation and digital economy, said the country had brought in measures to address the current economic crisis and was increasingly attractive to investors.

Friday, 5 April, 2013, 5:10am

Hollande's taxes threaten to end Paris home price boom

Hollande's taxes threaten to end Paris home price boom

Home prices in Paris, up 37 per cent since 2009, are set to end their upward streak as President Francois Hollande cuts property subsidies and raises taxes.

20 Mar 2013 - 5:22am

French shipyard sends 4,300-berth MSC Preziosa on first voyage

The stern of the Preziosa towers over spectators as it departs the STX shipyard after Thursday's christening ceremony. Photo: AFP

Europe's largest cruise ship, the MSC Preziosa - a behemoth longer than the Eiffel Tower - has cast off on its first voyage, from Saint-Nazaire in western France to the southern port of Marseille.

16 Mar 2013 - 3:16am

Letters to the Editor, February 27, 2013

Francois Hollande is hurting France's economy. Photo: AFP

I refer to the report concerning the groundbreaking research into "brittle tail syndrome" in racehorses. The article, while correctly hailing the efforts of Professor Yuen Kwong-yung and his team at the University of Hong Kong, unfortunately overlooked the true extent of the collaboration between the Hong Kong Jockey Club and HKU.

27 Feb 2013 - 4:55am 6 comments

French President Francois Hollande defiant in face of criticism

President Hollande shares his ideas with the press. Photo: AFP

France's president just cannot seem to win.

Six months after sweeping to power on an anti-austerity wave, polls say Socialist President Francois Hollande is increasingly disliked. Leftists are disappointed he is not spending more state money to create jobs. Critics on the right say he is raising too many taxes.

15 Nov 2012 - 2:57am

Unions declare war over Peugeot's plan to close Paris plant

Workers demonstrate outside Peugeot headquarters in Paris. The carmaker is in a tailspin as the European recession takes its toll on sales. Photo: AP

When US carmakers slashed production capacity in exchange for government rescue four years ago, workers faced up to change. Though unions bargained hard for existing employees, they agreed to factory closures and cuts in wages and benefits for new hires. Thousands of workers accepted redundancy payouts and moved on, without a huge outcry.

17 Aug 2012 - 2:36am

Brand-name shops accused of light pollution

A green group has accused five brand-name shops of excessive use of lighting on their outlets' exterior walls and in advertising that has caused electric-light pollution in Central.

The five shops are Louis Vuitton in The Landmark, H&M in Queen's Road Central, the flagship shop of Coach in Central, Miu Miu in The Landmark and Dunhill in the Prince's Building.

31 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

LV waits to see if piracy payout is in the bag

Two of the biggest names in French retailing are waiting for a court to hand down its judgment on a suit brought by luxury goods maker Louis Vuitton against the supermarket chain Carrefour for selling fake handbags at one of its stores in Shanghai.

20 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Bags of style

Louis Vuitton relaunched its renovated two-level store inside the Peninsula Arcade last month with a glamorous ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Officiating at the inauguration were singer Vivian Chow Wai-man, Louis Vuitton Asia Pacific president Francois Delage and the Peninsula hotel manager Jan Michael Svoboda.

24 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Investors lodge mass lawsuit seeking fair compensation for seized oil wells

500 plaintiffs claim government action has deprived them of almost 7 billion yuan

A massive class-action lawsuit will be lodged against the Shaanxi government involving more than 500 plaintiffs who accuse officials of illegally seizing their assets and paying unfair compensation.

15 Sep 2004 - 12:00am

Action delays Air France IPO

Paris: Air France's initial share sale, originally planned for this autumn, will be delayed until early next year as negotiations with the pilots drag on past their scheduled date.

22 Aug 1998 - 12:00am

Price rise mystifies Denway

Red chip Denway Investment says it does not know why the company's share price and trading in its shares have increased recently. It said it was still in negotiations on the shareholding restructuring of its associate Guangzhou Peugeot Automobile Co but no decision about the restructuring could yet be made.

4 Nov 1997 - 12:00am

Car appeal

THE head of French car-maker PSA Peugeot Citroen, Jacques Calvet, has urged China to emulate Japan and protect its car market 'for a certain period' before exposing the sector to the full force of international competition.

China last month said it would slash Customs duties on 4,000 imported items to help speed its entry into the World Trade Organisation.

9 Dec 1995 - 12:00am

Trading halted

PARIS: Car workers protesting against planned layoffs occupied the Paris bourse yesterday and halted trading in stock options and financial futures.

About 150 workers from the Chausson-Creil car components plant forced their way into the stock exchange to protest against plans to lay off almost half the workforce.

29 Jan 1993 - 12:00am