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EU Elections 2019 22-03-2019

French jailbirds to vote in EU elections for first time

For the first time, a prison in northern France will make sure inmates are able to vote at the EU elections in May. Almost all of France's 80,000 prisoners have the right to cast a ballot but few have managed to exercise it until now. EURACTIV France reports.
EU Elections 2019 19-03-2019

Pascal Durand: ‘Sometimes you have to fight behind enemy lines’

The European election campaign will see French Green Party representative Pascal Durand joining forces with President Macron’s La République En Marche (LREM), a party not exactly known for its ecological sensitivity. EURACTIV France reports.
Future EU 14-03-2019

Outraged reactions in France as Germany’s CDU disavows Strasbourg

The president of Germany's ruling CDU party considers the European Parliament's presence in Strasbourg to be an “anachronism”. France has other ideas. EURACTIV France reports.
EU Elections 2019 12-03-2019

Inauguration of the Franco-German assembly on 25 March

Tasked with implementing the so-called Aachen Treaty, the binational chamber is set to be launched amidst tense Franco-German relations.
EU Elections 2019 01-03-2019

Le Pen’s Rassemblement National continues to puzzle pollsters

Considered the favourite for the European elections in the autumn polls, the far-right Rassemblement National party of Marine Le Pen is now predicted to finish in second place with 20% of voting intentions, behind Emmanuel Macron's La République En Marche. EURACTIV France reports.
EU Elections 2019 26-02-2019

François-Xavier Bellamy, a quirky lead candidate for the French right

François-Xavier Bellamy, a philosophy teacher from Versailles, does not believe in European democracy but wants to advance the idea of Europe by working on culture and education. Bellamy believes Europe's roots are Christian, but not exclusively. EURACTIV France reports.
Politics 22-02-2019

EPP protects Orbán for now, fearing he might join far-right

The EPP does not want to raise tensions with its ‘bad boy’ Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán because this might push him towards joining Italian populist Matteo Salvini or even far-right Marine Le Pen, a Christian-Democrat (CDU) told EURACTIV.de.
Brexit 21-02-2019

Brexit panic reaches across the Channel to France

The French have finally realised that there may well be a no-deal Brexit. The Medef employers’ federation has said that French businesses are not prepared, the agricultural sector is waiting, while transporters are panicking. EURACTIV France reports.
EU Elections 2019 20-02-2019

French people have subtler view of EU than their politicians

A new survey has shown that the French have a nuanced view of the EU, neither being totally for nor against it, often disappointed and carrying many hopes. 59% of French people said they were “attached” to the EU. EURACTIV France reports.
EU Elections 2019 18-02-2019

Macron’s LREM targets the far-right at European elections

The French Minister for European Affairs already crosses swords on a regular basis with the far-right Rassemblement National and its fake news. This could prove useful practice for the upcoming election campaign. EURACTIV France reports.
Climate change 15-02-2019

French students starting to mobilise against climate inaction

In Paris, it is French students rather than secondary school pupils who are mobilising for the youth climate march, a movement which is slowly gaining momentum in France. EURACTIV France reports.
Politics 12-02-2019

Commission turns blind eye to violence against demonstrators in France

On Monday (11 February), many MEPs at the European Parliament criticised the amount and severity of injuries suffered during the demonstrations by the French ‘yellow vest’ movement. The fisheries commissioner, who was dispatched on to represent the Commission, did not answer any questions. EURACTIV France reports.
EU Elections 2019 04-02-2019

Debate in France over holding referendum on same day as European election

The idea of holding a referendum on national issues from the French “great debate” at the same time as the European elections is generating much discussion, both within the ruling ranks and the opposition. EURACTIV France reports.
Brexit 23-01-2019

Barnier insists current Brexit deal is the ‘only one possible’

The EU's chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, has reflected on what can and what cannot be negotiated between the EU and the United Kingdom, with only 65 days until the scheduled severance date. EURACTIV France reports.
Future EU 22-01-2019

Treaty of Aachen: ‘France and Germany have to show responsibility’

More than half a century after the Élysée Treaty was signed, France and Germany are renewing their alliance. Both countries want to cooperate closely economically, culturally and in terms of foreign policy. But can a treaty bridge existing differences of opinion? EURACTIV Germany reports.
Data protection 22-01-2019

France hits Google with €50 million GDPR fine

By hitting Google with a fine, the French data regulatory authority has set a precedent which may rattle digital leaders across Europe - the derelictions of duty which Google is accused of in France are shared by many other operators. EURACTIV France reports.
Future EU 21-01-2019

France and Germany endorse a disenchanted vision of their relationship in new treaty

The treaty that France and Germany will sign on Tuesday (22 January) stems from Macron’s pro-European vigour. The text is a pragmatic one, promoting the economy and defence rather than politics but some major differences remain. EURACTIV France reports.
Energy 18-01-2019

French wind energy ‘in limbo’ for more than a year

New wind energy projects in France have come to a standstill due to the government’s indecision over who should be responsible for delivering construction permits.
Agrifood 15-01-2019

The way agricultural aid is distributed creates inequalities, French court of auditors say

The way agricultural aid is distributed in France is unequal and produces negative effects, the French court of auditors said in a summary judgement. The chamber is calling for changes to how aid is allocated under the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), though this is currently not on the agenda. EURACTIV France reports.
EU Elections 2019 14-01-2019

France’s ‘great national debate’: Taxes, public services, environment and democracy

The French president wants to hold a “great national debate” by mid-March in an attempt to find a way out of the ‘yellow vest’ crisis. The head of state has revealed the debate’s main topics in a letter addressed to the French people. EURACTIV France reports.
EU Elections 2019 08-01-2019

Italian minister Di Maio shows support for French ‘yellow vests’

Luigi Di Maio, the Italian deputy prime minister and leader of the 5-Star Movement (M5S), likened the French ‘yellow vests’ to his own political movement. Moreover, he openly criticised the French government. EURACTIV France reports.
EU Elections 2019 19-12-2018

Climate campaigners taking on French state

Several NGOs are considering filing an application to the administrative court of Paris in 2019. However, French law may be more rigid than Anglo-Saxon law, which has already convicted several other states on this matter. EURACTIV France reports.
Climate change 14-12-2018

UN University director: ‘Biggest polluters should issue climate passports’

Climate change-related migration is a big issue at COP24. The idea, which involves issuing passports to the citizens of small Pacific island countries at risk of disappearing, is making its beginnings. EURACTIV France reports.  

Two of 196 signatory countries to Paris Agreement have raised their climate ambitions

The signatories to the Paris Agreement are supposed to revise their climate ambitions upwards within the next 18 months. While states are struggling to get involved, businesses are trying to move forward. EURACTIV France reports.

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