Jan 16, 2012 Right after Wall Street closed on Friday, the ratings agency Standard and Poor's downgraded the credit ratings of nine European countries. France and Austria lost their prized AAA credit ratings.
Jan 16, 2012 Europe correspondent Stephen Beard discusses why the European markets remained pretty steady despite the credit downgrades of several European countries, and why we ought to worry about the Greek debt talks collapsing.
Jan 13, 2012 Many young Parisians want to listen to loud music, but don’t want to annoy their neighbors -- so they’re using headphones at their parties.
Jan 9, 2012 France claims it has designed the world's safest nuclear reactors, but last year's nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan, dealt export hopes a blow.
Dec 23, 2011 A new poll finds the French are as pessimistic about the economy as any country has been since 1978.
Dec 23, 2011 Congress has passed the payroll tax cut extension. We take a look at what the means for consumers. We have some numbers for you: Consumer spending grew just 0.1 percent in November, while orders for U.S. factory goods went up 3.8 percent. Plus, what is the most pessimistic country in the world? And find out which professions receive the biggest holiday tips.
Dec 13, 2011 After the disaster in Fukushima, nuclear energy is less popular than it once was. Now, the nuclear company Areva will take drastic cost-cutting measures.
Dec 8, 2011 Europe and the U.S. are both exploring new options for judging the value of debt after increasing threats of downgrade from agencies like S&P and Moody's.
Dec 5, 2011 But it could be a good thing for the debt crisis there.