福利网站France's hardline CGT trade union has rejected pleas for a Christmas truce and has vowed to intensify a nationwide strike to try to force the government to drop its plan to reform the country's pensions system.
福利网站French workers voted on Monday to halt production at a key oil facility that supplies Paris and the surrounding region, joining other petroleum industry shutdowns in a nationwide strike against government pension reforms.
福利网站West Africa's monetary union has agreed with France to rename its CFA franc the Eco and cut some of the financial links with Paris that have underpinned the region's common currency since its creation soon World War Two.
福利网站Euronext wheat was little changed on Friday in light trading ahead of the year-end holiday period while traders waited to see if strikes in France over pension reform would have a significant impact on exports.
福利网站France's CGT oil sector workers union plans to step up a nationwide strike but will leave the decision over whether to halt production at refineries for workers to decide early next week, a CGT union official said.
福利网站The banking arm of French mail operator La Poste [LAPST.UL] is exploring a bid for HSBC France's retail activities as part of its diversification efforts, sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters.
Hundreds of protesters marched through festive Hong Kong shopping malls on Thursday, aiming to disrupt business in the Asian financial hub for a third day over the Christmas holidays, with riot police deployed in the event of unrest.