Big Firms Weigh in as France Looks to Revive Offshore Wind

By Geert De Clercq PARIS, Feb 15 (Reuters) - A French wind power tender has attracted interest from a slew of international energy heavyweights, signalling that France's offshore wind industry could finally be taking off after years of missteps. While Britain and Germany have already built 8,200 and 6,400 megawatts (MW) of offshore wind capacity - enough to power millions of … [Read more...]

Macron at Sea Shows U.S.-France Ties Run Deeper Than Trump Spat

By Helene Fouquet and Gregory Viscusi (Bloomberg) -- France’s Emmanuel Macron is heading to sea on his biggest warship a day after he suffered a tirade of abuse from Donald Trump. The trip, planned for weeks, will show France’s alliance with the U.S. goes beyond any temporary disagreement between the presidents. France’s sole aircraft carrier, the … [Read more...]

France Confirms Fincantieri-STX Shipyard Deal

By Crispian Balmer ROME, Aug 1 (Reuters) - France hopes Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri's takeover of STX France will be wrapped up soon, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Wednesday, but sounded a more cautious note on any defence naval merger. Speaking in Rome after meeting two Italian ministers, Le Maire said France had not changed its position on the STX … [Read more...]

Migrant Rescue Ship Blocked From Italian Port: Pope Francis Steps In To Patch Relations With France

by Steve Scherer (Reuters) - Italy and France tried to patch up a row over immigration on Thursday as Pope Francis urged politicians everywhere to work together on helping refugees and respect their dignity. Italy summoned France’s envoy on Wednesday and demanded an apology from President Emmanuel Macron, who had said Rome’s move to block a migrant rescue ship from its ports … [Read more...]

France Set to Become a European Offshore Wind Powerhouse by 2022

By Jeremy Hodges and Jessica Shankleman (Bloomberg) -- Europe’s wind-power industry expects new French offshore turbine installations to overtake the U.K. and Germany by 2022, boosting President Emmanuel Macron’s pledge to increase renewable energy. Construction off the French coast is expected to ramp up from 2020 and turn the country in the fourth-biggest … [Read more...]