The French government invests more heavily in its country's companies than almost any other nation in the world. It holds a stake in over 80 firms, especially in sectors which are strategically important to France.
Once dubbed as symbols of European aerospace prowess, two of Airbus's unwanted A380 superjumbos face the ignominy of being broken up for spare parts after failing to find an airline willing to keep flying them.
France's Senate has voted in favor of Emmanuel Macron's reform plans for state rail operator SNCF. The reforms, which sparked months of strikes, are a key victory for Macron in his battle with France's unions.
France's fourth-richest man was not only a giant of industry, but also an influential figure in the country's politics and media scenes. Former French President Nikolas Sarkozy said he had "lost a friend."
Not all agreed with Bloomberg, when it recently called furniture retailer Steinhoff "South Africa's Enron," but the evidence of financial malfeasance is hard to ignore. Not long ago the company was "South Africa's Ikea."
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