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Elections 27-04-2017

Future of the French deficit hangs on election result

Emmanuel Macron has promised to respect the EU’s budget rules, while Marine Le Pen has hardly mentioned the issue in her campaign. But Brussels is preparing for tough talks on the French deficit once the new president is elected. EURACTIV France reports.

Elections 24-04-2017

French political class rallies behind Macron, against Le Pen

Politicians on both the right and the left have called on French voters to support Emmanuel Macron in the second round of the presidential election on 7 May. Most see Marine Le Pen’s anti-European programme as a threat to France's stability. EURACTIV France reports.

Elections 24-04-2017

EU a peripheral issue for some French voters

The future of the European Union has been at the heart of the French presidential debate. But for some voters it remained a peripheral issue. EURACTIV France reports.

Elections 21-04-2017

Presidential candidates too cautious on development pledges

Most of the candidates for Sunday’s (23 April) presidential election in France have made inadequate commitments on development aid. Just five of the 11 presidential hopefuls say they would boost spending to meet the OECD target of 0.7% of GNI. EURACTIV France reports.

Elections 20-04-2017

Le Pen takes aim at EU flag

The National Front’s presidential candidate has made a symbolic scapegoat of the European flag during her campaign. Yet, the flag is not an official symbol under EU law. EURACTIV France reports.

Politics 18-04-2017

Reformed ECI should make policymaking ‘more accessible’

Five years after its launch, the EU’s tool of participatory democracy has never really worked. But Brussels last week announced plans for an overhaul of the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI). EURACTIV France reports.

Development Policy 14-04-2017

French development chief: ‘SDGs apply to France in same way as Burkina Faso’

Development agencies have to change their dualist approach to Africa, as it does not correspond to the reality the continent is facing, the head of the French Development Agency told EURACTIV France.

Elections 13-04-2017

Moscovici: ‘Frexit’ would be ‘fatal’ blow to Europe

European Commissioner Pierre Moscovici told EURACTIV France that electing Marine Le Pen and leaving the EU would deal a fatal blow to the European project.

French prosecutor’s office eagerly awaits launch of European equivalent

France's anti-corruption efforts were boosted three years ago with the creation of a national finance prosecutor's office (PNF). The planned European Public Prosecutor's Office could simplify its now high-profile investigations. EURACTIV France reports.

Economy & Jobs 07-04-2017

Morin-Chartier: Molière clause is a double-edged sword for France

In an attempt to reduce the number of posted workers in France, some local and regional authorities have made use of French compulsory on public building sites. But the idea could cost French workers, MEP Elisabeth Morin-Chartier told EURACTIV France.

Economy & Jobs 06-04-2017

European youth jobless scheme relaunched and explained

Suspended due to a lack of funds in 2016, the European programme to tackle youth unemployment was relaunched this week with a budget of €700 million. French Socialist MEP Isabelle Thomas explained the purpose of the scheme to EURACTIV France in Strasbourg.

Economy & Jobs 06-04-2017

MEP: Own resources are only answer to EU’s ‘budget schizophrenia’

The revision of the multiannual financial framework will give the EU budget more breathing room but will still not give the bloc enough clout, MEP Isabelle Thomas told EURACTIV France.

Brexit 05-04-2017

Parliament lays down red lines for Brexit negotiations

Access to the single market, border controls, the rights of European citizens in the United Kingdom and its exit bill all made it into the European Parliament's Brexit roadmap, ahead of what may prove to be tough negotiations. EURACTIV France reports.

Development Policy 31-03-2017

Development still a non-issue in French election

Three of the top five candidates for the French presidency have said they will boost development spending to meet the international target of 0.7% of gross national income (GNI). But not all agree on what this spending should cover. EURACTIV France reports.

Agrifood 29-03-2017

France tables EU-wide non-agricultural pesticide ban

The senator behind France’s ban on pesticides for domestic use has submitted a draft European resolution calling on the EU to follow the French example and implement a full ban on the non-agricultural use of pesticides. EURACTIV France reports.

Economy & Jobs 27-03-2017

Oxfam exposes tax haven habits of big European banks

The 20 biggest banks in the eurozone booked over a quarter of their 2015 profits in tax havens, with Luxembourg and Ireland the favourite destinations, a report by Oxfam said on Monday (27 March). EURACTIV France reports.

Economy & Jobs 22-03-2017

Belgium told to get off the fence, stop blocking FTT

EU finance ministers have presented a compromise text for the Financial Transaction Tax (FTT) and urged Slovakia and Belgium, which is accused of deliberately blocking negotiations, to ratify it. EURACTIV France reports.

Economy & Jobs 17-03-2017

Molière clause threatens to sink posted workers reform

The proliferation of ‘Molière clauses’ in France could undermine the EU’s revision of the Posted Workers Directive, which Paris has been spearheading. EURACTIV France reports.

Development Policy 16-03-2017

Parliament adopts binding law on conflict minerals

MEPs today (16 March) adopted a new law obliging importers of minerals to ensure that their business does not contribute to armed conflicts in certain areas of the world. EURACTIV France reports.

16-03-2017

European wages are still not recovering from crisis

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Since the 2008 economic crisis, austerity has slowed the growth of wages in European countries. In the vast majority of EU member states, wages are stagnating or falling.

Elections 16-03-2017

EU Socialists split between Hamon and Macron

Officially, the European Parliament’s Socialists and Democrats (S&D) group backs Benoît Hamon for the French presidency. But MEPs are split over his European outlook, with some, especially the British and Italians, preferring Emmanuel Macron. EURACTIV France reports.

Politics 15-03-2017

Juncker seeks support from Parliament’s pro-Europeans

The end of the grand coalition has pushed Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to increase his efforts at seducing the European Parliament’s pro-European leftist groups. EURACTIV France reports.

Future EU 08-03-2017

Two-speed Europe highlights East-West divide

The consensus reached at Monday’s Versailles summit (6 March) on the need to construct a two-speed Europe risks reigniting tensions between the EU’s eastern and western member states. EURACTIV France reports.

Elections 07-03-2017

AfD and National Front converge ahead of elections

The right-wing spiral of Germany’s anti-EU Alternative für Deutschland party (AfD) has brought it shoulder to shoulder with France’s National Front (NF). The two parties see eye-to-eye on a number of issues, including Russia. EURACTIV France reports.