Anne-Claude Martin

Poor air quality causes 400,000 deaths worldwide every year.

Researchers link air pollution to heart diseases

Responsible for 400,000 deaths each year globally, air pollution has yet to be sufficiently addressed by the world's governments, researchers have warned. EURACTIV France reports.

Economy & Jobs 19-12-2014

Confidence in the EU on the rise

Citizens' confidence in the European Union has grown since the European elections in May 2014. The uncertain economic situation and immigration are among the main issues still causing concern for the electorate. EURACTIV France reports

Le Pen launches ‘patriotic’ environmental movement

Marine Le Pen's National Front has launched the "New Ecology" movement. The French nationalist party's take on environmental activism will include opposing international climate negotiations and promoting nuclear energy. EURACTIV France reports

Global Europe 16-12-2014

Malmström pushes TTIP in Paris

The new European Commissioner for Trade defended the transatlantic trade negotiations in Paris this week, emphasising the benefits an agreement could bring to French exports and economic growth. EURACTIV France reports

French government think tank calls for EU social reform

The French government think tank France Stratégie has called for social issues such as a common European unemployment insurance, investment and a standardised minimum wage to be tackled at the European level. EURACTIV France reports

Agrifood 12-12-2014

Organic sector disappointed by Commission proposal

The European Commission's latest plans to reform the production and labelling of organic produce, presented in March, have met with harsh criticism from the French organic sector, which says it fails to respond to the real issues. EURACTIV France reports

Energy 11-12-2014

France appeals to Juncker plan for energy efficiency renovation funding

The French government has applied for funding from the European Commission's 315 billion euro investment plan to help launch its energy transition programme. EURACTIV France reports

Europe's East 05-12-2014

National Front’s Russian loans cause uproar in European Parliament

The French National Front has stirred controversy both in France and in the European Parliament for taking significant loans from a Russian bank. The affair reveals Marine Le Pen's willingness to cosy up to Russia, a country she sees as a model to be emulated. EURACTIV France reports.

OECD condemns big business bribery

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development has examined 427 cases of foreign bribery since 1999. In Europe, Germany appears to be the worst affected. EURACTIV France reports

French government and plastics lobby clash over Bisphenol A

The French government wants to ban the use of the chemical bisphenol A in plastic packaging in 2015. The plastics industry has responded by saying the government is being "unrealistic" about the challenges this change will produce. EURACTIV France reports

Health 01-12-2014

Study recommends systematic prescription of statins to the elderly

American researchers believe that 97% of people over the age of 66 should regularly take statins to reduce their risk of heart disease. But there is still no consensus within the medical community on the benefits of the drugs. EURACTIV France reports

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Trade & Society 28-11-2014

Commission defends TTIP’s Dispute Settlement mechanism

The Investor State Dispute Settlement mechanism would help to standardise the level of protection for businesses across the EU’s member states, according to the European Commission. EURACTIV France reports.

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Commission questions the legality of Sivens dam

The Commission has opened an infringement proceeding against France for non-compliance with European directives, as well as misuse of European structural funds in its Sivens dam project. Environmentalists have welcomed the decision to take action against what they see as a useless and environmentally harmful project. EURACTIV France reports

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Plastics to be banned from European landfill

Plastic packaging is often criticised for the pollution it causes, but if treated properly, it can also help to save resources and energy. The plastics sector is campaigning to put an end to the disposal of plastics in landfill. EURACTIV France reports

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EU Priorities 2020 25-11-2014

Juncker set to survive censure motion as MEPs trade insults

A no-confidence motion in the EU's new chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker had no chance of success after the Eurosceptic lawmakers who brought it traded insults with the bigger parties in the European Parliament on Monday (24 November).

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France champions bioethanol industry in Europe

The French bioethanol industry is leading the campaign to raise the proportion of biofuel in Europe’s transport fuel mix to 15%, while the European Commission continues to hold the sector on a short leash. EURACTIV France reports.

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Gil Arias-Fernández: ‘the immigration problem in Calais is not so bad’

Gil Arias-Fernández, Executive Director of the European border control agency Frontex, spoke to EURACTIV France about Operation Triton and the immigration situation in Calais.

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Health 19-11-2014

French official calls on businesses to strengthen ties with Europe

The French Minister for Higher Education and Research laments France's limited participation in European research programmes. She believes European research is too fragmented. EURACTIV France reports

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Euro & Finance 19-11-2014

Euro depreciation bolsters EU economies against deflation

The continued depreciation of the single currency should help the eurozone economies grow in 2015. Spain would be the biggest winner, according to the French Economic Observatory. EURACTIV France reports

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Trade & Society 17-11-2014

French government will not sign TTIP agreement in 2015

Matthias Fekl, France's Secretary of State for Foreign Trade, has made it clear that France will not support the inclusion of the Investor State Dispute Settlement mechanism (ISDS) in a potential TTIP agreement. The ISDS is a point of heated debate between the EU and the United States. EURACTIV France reports

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Global Europe 10-11-2014

French-German relationship struggles to live up to expectations after the fall of the Berlin Wall

25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, an event that brought France and Germany closer together, the two countries are fighting to save their relationship against the odds. EURACTIV.fr reports

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Health 06-11-2014

Study: The French are the least satisfied with their working conditions

Cultural differences in working arrangements, and the use of office space, lead to different levels of satisfaction among Europe’s workforce. The Dutch are the happiest, while the French are the least satisfied. EURACTIV France reports.

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Data protection tops the Commission’s agenda

The ever-expanding flow of information, cloud computing and powerful search engines all come with the risk that personal data may fall into the wrong hands. A legislative package to improve the protection of European Union citizens' private data has been expected since 2011, but was delayed by the European Elections in May. EURACTIV.fr reports.

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Euro & Finance 31-10-2014

Eurozone ‘a problem’ for the world economy

The eurozone is struggling to revive itself, and may slip into recession in the next two years, slowing down the global economic recovery, according to the French Economic Observatory (OFCE). EURACTIV.fr reports