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Many French can only dream of 35-hour work week, report shows

PARIS (Reuters) - A work week famously limited by law to 35 hours has become a distant dream for many French, as executives chase ever tougher deadlines and the rank and file look to make ends meet with overtime. Full story

Analysis: France asks Hollande: recovery - what recovery?

PARIS (Reuters) - Facing TV cameras on the sun-dappled lawn of the Elysee Palace earlier this month, Francois Hollande berated the French for their notorious pessimism and told them a long-awaited economic recovery had already arrived. Full story

Schneider Electric agrees $5.2 billion takeover of Invensys

PARIS (Reuters) - France's Schneider Electric <SCHN.PA> is to buy British engineer Invensys <ISYS.L> for an agreed 3.4 billion pounds ($5.2 billion) to strengthen its high-margin industrial automation business and win more custom in the fast-growing energy sector. Full story

France could freeze income tax brackets to raise revenue: paper

PARIS (Reuters) - France's cash-strapped government may freeze income tax thresholds next year as a way to raise additional revenue, Les Echos business daily reported on Wednesday. Full story

Jewel heist on Riviera raises security questions

The diamond show was staged on the ground floor of a hotel that thieves had targeted before — and which, in fact, had featured in Alfred Hitchcock's high-karat classic "To Catch a Thief." The guards were few and unarmed, and nobody thought to tell the police about the tens of millions of dollars wor Full story

Former power exec charged with bribery scheme

A former executive of a French power and transportation company was charged Tuesday with participating in a scheme to pay bribes to officials in Indonesia, while another official pleaded guilty in the case. Full story

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  Jewelers uneasy after Cannes heist

Police say a single suspect disguised in a hat and scarf managed to steal $136 million, in one of the world’s largest heists. NBC’s Stephanie Gosk reports.

  $136 million in jewels stolen

NBC's Stephanie Gosk reports on the big diamond heist that took place in Cannes, France; and Martin Rapaport of Rapaport Group, provides perspective.

  Jewel heist in Cannes

A masked gunman walked into a hotel in Cannes, France, and swiped $136 million worth of jewels, with CNBC's Sue Herera.

  Armed robber steals $53 million in jewels

The heist took place in the French resort city of Cannes and is the third such robbery since May, reports NBC's Michelle Kosinski.

  Over $50 million in jewels stolen from Cannes hotel

In a brazen heist, a masked man allegedly armed with a pistol walked into the legendary Carlton Hotel in Cannes, France, and stole about $53 million of jewels that were being set up for display. NBC’s Michelle Kosinski reports.

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