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Climate change 23-05-2017

France climate ambition ends where the forest begins

France likes to be seen as a leader on climate action, but when it comes to the role of forests, the country’s priorities lie elsewhere. EURACTIV France reports.

Elections 19-05-2017

French MEPs left cold as Strasbourg goes giddy over Macron

The new French president was the main topic of conversation among visibly excited MEPs in Strasbourg this week. But the French themselves were among the least enthusiastic. EURACTIV France reports.

Brexit 18-05-2017

UK blocks European budget as Brexit talks near

Adopted after bitter wrangling by the European Parliament last December, the revision of the EU’s long-term budget for 2014-2020 has now been blocked by the United Kingdom, which seems intent on laying obstacles on the EU's road. EURACTIV France reports.

Global Europe 17-05-2017

Parliament urges action on persecution of homosexuals in Chechnya

The European Parliament has called on the EU’s diplomatic services to speak out against the detention and torture of homosexuals in Chechnya. EURACTIV France reports.

12-05-2017

Trans-Europe Express: Bye bye, political parties

France has just done something that was once considered impossible: electing someone under 40 as its president, without the support of an established political party or campaign experience.

09-05-2017

The Brief: Happy Europe Day to you too, from France

How long should a honeymoon last? Maybe a few months is pushing it, given we live in a world where marriages longer than one year are considered a curiosity. But surely a few weeks or a few days at the very least isn’t too much to ask for?

Elections 09-05-2017

Macron’s four European priorities

Europe was the subject that most influenced Emmanuel Macron’s voters in France’s presidential election. Naturally, this places the EU at the top of the new president’s list of priorities. EURACTIV France reports.

Elections 08-05-2017

Macron, the Fifth Republic’s unusual eighth president

Just one year after making his big political gamble, Emmanuel Macron was elected president of France with more than 65% of the vote on Sunday (7 May). EURACTIV France reports.

Elections 07-05-2017

French campaign under intense international pressures

Terrorist threats by ISIS, fake news spreading from the United States and massive investments into extreme-right francophone media: the French presidential campaign unfolded under a lot of international pressure. EURACTIV France reports.

05-05-2017

Trans-Europe Express: An EU view on World Press Freedom

In honour of World Press Freedom Day (2 May), Trans-Europe Express asked journalists from the EURACTIV Network to comment on Reporters Without Borders’ 2017 Press Freedom Index.

Elections 02-05-2017

Macron pushes republican values, attacks National Front’s ‘lies’

At a rally of some 12,000 people in Paris yesterday (1 May), the presidential frontrunner confirmed his anti-National Front stance, denounced the illiberal regimes in Hungary, Poland and Russia and promised a new approach to CETA. EURACTIV France reports.

Future EU 28-04-2017

Goulard: Macron’s election will change Europe

If Emmanuel Macron wins the second round of the French election on 7 May, labour market reform, security and the migration crisis will become priority issues for the European Union.

27-04-2017

The Brief: French election descends into tyre fires and dolphins

Last Sunday, it became clear that the second round of the French election would be fought over Europe. At EURACTIV, we were quick to announce this “clash” between the Europhile and the Eurosceptic. Now it seems we were a bit hasty.

Elections 26-04-2017

French extreme-right woos Mélenchon voters ahead of election second round

Both candidates in the second round of France’s presidential election need the support of the country’s extreme left voters. To win them over, the National Front is highlighting the similarities between their candidate and Jean-Luc Mélenchon. EURACTIV France reports.

Elections 24-04-2017

Historic French election upheaval sets up second round clash over EU

The first round of France’s presidential election on Sunday (23 April) saw the traditional parties reduced to insignificance in a vote that exposed the country’s deep social divisions. EURACTIV France reports.

21-04-2017

Trans-Europe Express: The fake campaign

It has been a very long presidential race in France. But the country is still waiting for a real political debate.

Elections 20-04-2017

Voters increasingly uneasy as French election draws near

A large proportion of French voters have yet to decide who they will back in the first round of the presidential election this Sunday (23 April). Experts see this as an indictment of the candidates’ persuasive powers. EURACTIV France reports.

CETA 31-03-2017

French attempts to delay CETA brushed aside

A group of French MPs have asked President François Hollande to delay the entry into force of CETA, the EU’s free trade deal with Canada, until France’s top court has passed judgement on its constitutionality. But Hollande is unmoved by their concerns. EURACTIV France reports.

28-03-2017

The Brief: Le freak c’est pas chic

Marine Le Pen got the silent treatment when she addressed French business leaders today and it's no wonder – they are freaked out by the prospect of President Le Pen.

Elections 28-03-2017

‘President Le Pen’ could ride voter apathy to victory

The mobilisation of National Front voters and widespread apathy among the rest of France’s electorate may combine to hand Marine Le Pen a historic victory in the second round of the presidential election in May, an analyst told EURACTIV France.

Future EU 24-03-2017

Rome: A common declaration but no miracle cure

Finding common ground for the EU’s declaration on the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome is proving difficult. The bloc’s objective is to “confirm that the EU is the right answer” but one diplomat said there was no “miracle cure” for the Union’s woes. EURACTIV France reports.

Economy & Jobs 23-03-2017

France’s top court questions constitutionality of CETA

The French Constitutional Court has launched a full investigation into the EU-Canada free trade deal CETA. The deal’s opponents call for it to be suspended. EURACTIV France reports.

Elections 21-03-2017

Study: Frexit chaos would be ‘worse than collapse of Lehman Brothers’

The political disarray in France’s mainstream parties is encouraging debate about Frexit. The possibility is alarming economists, who fear it would cause a “cardiac arrest” in global finance and make life harder for the poor. EURACTIV France reports.

Elections 21-03-2017

Europe still a footnote in French presidential debate

The five candidates for France’s top job set out their stalls in a three hour televised debate on TF1 on Monday night (20 March). Questions on Europe and foreign policy were only raised in the last quarter of an hour. EURACTIV France reports.