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Our American partner appears to want to take unilaterally protectionist decisions which could destabilise the whole world economy. Decisions by the new U.S. administration are posing a grave risk to the world trade order. Neither France nor Europe ... can watch helplessly as our economic institutions risk being dislocated.
Each government is obviously free to have fiscal, competitiveness and corporate policies. But on financial regulation issues, there is international cooperation.
This very good figure reinforces the view that we will meet our 3.3 pct public deficit target.
We have adopted today the plan to reduce Greek debt in the short-term.
We have the objective to reach a deal between Greece and EU institutions before the end of the year.
We must not analyse the Italian result other than a change in the constitution.The Italians voted clearly for 'no'. But if they are asked the question about Europe, they are fiercely favourable to the construction of Europe and an Italy within this Europe.
As Greece sticks to its agreements, Europe must also stick to the agreements it made with Greece.
These are important measures, measures which will have a positive effect on Greece. I think we will have an agreement on these measures.
We think it'll be 1.4 percent. That's the figure we take as our scenario for this year.
I would like first of all to confirm our goal for 3.3 percent, even though some people say we won't reach that target. But I am not ruling out that we could do better.
We cannot have a specific status for jobs in the financial sector.
That's the inevitable consequence whatever the outcome of the Brexit negotiations.
There will be a transfer of activities to the continent. I don't know what magnitude and I don't know exactly what activities, but there will be a transfer of business to the continent.
I understand why it concerns Brits, but at some point you can't bend the rules. The rules will have to be respected.
It's not here to punish, this tax on financial transactions, it's here to make sure that financial movements become as useful as possible.
Negotiations should be as much co-operative as possible. But there are principles, there are four great liberties. Those four great liberties must be inseparable and the freedom of circulation of European citizens in the framework of this area is an absolutely fundamental freedom and we cannot give in, regarding that.
No-one in the euro zone will accept that the main clearing place will be outside the European Union.
The IMF said 1.6 percent before summer, now it says 1.3 percent. Its target changes all year long, ours does not. I set a 1.5 percent target, it is a reasonable target that we need to realise and we will work towards that.
I would like to remind those who promise immediate tax cuts while leaving spending cuts for later that France's credibility is at stake. It would be tragic that all our efforts be irresponsibly squandered in a few months.
We will have growth this year of 1.5 percent.
This marks a major milestone in Franco-British industrial and energy cooperation.
The president of the republic has given us a target: to make sure Alstom's railway activities are maintained.
The European Commission treated it as abnormal state aid... the European Commission is doing its job. It's normal to make Apple pay normal taxes.
We have to accept the vote.
The red carpet can be used both ways.
Every day of uncertainty prevents investors from putting their funds into Britain, and also other European markets. Cameron and his party will cause damage if they wait until October.
This is not the moment to throw a spanner into the works, with growth picking up.
My friend is finance, but good finance.
We'll go all the way. There could be other cases.
Nothing prevents big groups from coming to us and declaring their taxes.
There won't be negotiations.
Even if the discussions were long, the atmosphere was always extremely relaxed. This deal is first and foremost a declaration of confidence in today's Greece.
There is a consensus that monetary policy is well-adapted and there are no big discrepancies in currencies, so there is no need to intervene.
I want to express the concern of the French government on this tie-up. We have doubts about the consequences this could have for the financing of the real economy in France and Europe.
During a trip to Davos in January 2015, amid about 20 people, I made a comment to a journalist about her clothing and put my hand on her back. There was no aggressive or sexual intent in my conduct but the mere fact that the person was shocked shows that those words and this gesture were inappropriate, and I was, and still am, sorry.
Solid growth has been set off. Our action is bearing fruit.
It's thanks to him that we've been able to put an end to the opacity that prevented European countries from fully knowing the tax status of a number of large companies in Luxembourg.
French people have got into good habits, the Germans mustn't lose their good habits of respecting the ECB's independence. his comments were meant as a "friendly" reminder.
France learnt the hard way that one must absolutely, completely and fully respect the independence of the central bank. I hope our German friends remember this point, which they helped prevail.
We're not supposed to accept whatever valuation is proposed, that is to say give more money to a company than what it deserves in a merger.
The state has defended its own interests, just as it did with Renault and as it always will.
Therefore, it is normal that we raise the question now about the use of this bank note.
French companies will invest $10 billion in India over the next five years, chiefly in the industrial sector.
We're going to be supervising more strictly the use of prepaid cashpoint cards, which were used in the November 13 attacks, in order to reduce the anonymity in their use. Next, we will extend France's national security arrangement, from the freezing of terrorist assets, to real estate investments and cars.
Today's volatility does not seem very legitimate to me. There's a yoyo effect that doesn't reflect real trends in the world economy.
It's time to move in the coming months by taking strong initiatives.
It's perfectly legitimate that we take each side's interests into account, but nothing must block the deepening of economic and monetary union in the coming years.
I think that it was the burn from that expulsion that has left scars.
We are totally committed to avoiding a catastrophe for Greece which would also led to difficulties for Europe.
Nothing can be done in Europe without a strong and sustainable agreement between Germany and France.
We cannot rebuild a country without a fair tax system. We must fight against tax fraud and tax optimisation. We are waging a battle both in Europe and at an international level within the G20. But it is obviously something absolutely necessary for Greece, as well.
He was a great CEO, and also a great personality. I would say almost a big mouth, with a capacity to speak his mind, without any fear of bothering whoever he was speaking to, whoever they were, heads of states, big CEOs or French political leaders, to whom he knew how to speak frankly.
The situation is the eurozone is not as good as forecast. We need to know how to react to get faster growth. It's in everyone's interest. It's especially in France's interest, where we are struggling to rebuild our industrial base and cut unemployment, particularly youth unemployment. I think it's in the interests of every European country, whatever their rate of growth or unemployment.
We're aware of the serious nature of the budget; we reject austerity; the deficit will return within [the] three percent [limit] in 2017.
The consequence of this strategy is that with growth and inflation weak, the deficit reduction we are planning for 2015 will be limited with a deficit around 4.3 percent of GDP in 2015 and coming under the three percent threshold in 2017.
I don't know how you lay a red carpet out across the Channel, I'm afraid it'll get rather wet.