Left-wing MP: ratings agencies are ‘charlatans’

Left-wing MP: ratings agencies are ‘charlatans’

Arnaud Montebourg, who came third in recent elections to choose the Socialist presidential candidate, has angrily denounced ratings agencies as "charlatans" in an interview.

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Minister: foreigners to blame for burglary rise

Government figures will show a 16 percent increase in household burglaries in 2011 despite an overall drop in crime.

Snake on the loose on high speed train

Snake on the loose on high speed train

Passengers on a train from Paris to Marseille had little idea that a boa constrictor was slithering around them on Saturday evening.

Eurovision song to be recorded this week

Eurovision song to be recorded this week

France's entry for the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest, to be sung by Indonesian-born singer Anggun, will be recorded this week.

Prices plunge as China turns sour on top Bordeaux

Prices plunge as China turns sour on top Bordeaux

Speculators and China's super-rich have turned sour on Bordeaux's most prestigious, investment-grade wines, causing a deep dip in prices, year-end figures have revealed.

France facing key bond test after downgrade

France facing key bond test after downgrade

France is to issue long-term bonds on Thursday in the first test of its market credibility in the wake of Standard & Poor's decision to strip the country of its cherished triple-A rating.