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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.

Economic governance 14-03-2017

French economist: ‘German trade surplus responsible for eurozone inequity’

The economic imbalances of the eurozone are undermining citizens’ confidence in the European project. Cutting Germany’s trade surplus could help redress the balance, Jérôme Creel said in an interview with EURACTIV France.

Elections 13-03-2017

Hamon plans radical departure from EU ‘blabla’

Benoît Hamon said on Friday (10 March) that a multi-speed Europe is just EU “blabla” and tried to drum up intergovernmental support for a €1 trillion energy transition investment programme. EURACTIV France reports.

Elections 10-03-2017

Hamon calls for international treaty to ‘democratise’ eurozone governance

Benoît Hamon’s proposal of an international treaty between the eurozone countries to increase democratic control of the single currency has raised eyebrows on the left, where such sovereigntist manoeuvring is viewed with suspicion. EURACTIV France reports.

Future EU 07-03-2017

‘Big four’ call for new European dynamic, multi-speed EU

Ahead of the EU’s 60th anniversary Rome summit on 25 March, the heads of continental Europe’s biggest economies endorsed the vision of a multi-speed Europe, in which some members could deepen their integration faster than others. EURACTIV France reports.

Future EU 06-03-2017

Versailles: A summit to restore faith in Europe

The heads of state of Germany, Italy, Spain and France will meet on Monday (6 March) at the Palace of Versailles in an attempt to restore their citizens’ faith in the EU. EURACTIV France reports.

Elections 03-03-2017

Macron outlines plans for multi-speed Europe

In his programme unveiled yesterday (2 March), Emmanuel Macron focussed on Europe. The eurozone is held back by “shame” and we must “dare to go for a multi-speed Europe”, he said.

Elections 02-03-2017

Fillon’s former deputy backs controversial copyright reform

The European Parliament’s Committee on Culture, usually a staunch defender of authors’ rights, has proposed a series of new exceptions to the copyright reforms under development at EU level. Rapporteur Marc Joulaud is a former deputy of François Fillon and employer of his wife Penelope. EURACTIV France reports.

Elections 01-03-2017

Hollande condemns Fillon’s attacks on judiciary and police

François Hollande, who has so far avoided commenting on France’s presidential campaign, broke his silence on Wednesday (1 March) to condemn Republican candidate François Fillon’s attacks on the police and judiciary. EURACTIV France reports.

Elections 22-02-2017

Dutch elections, a rehearsal for France?

Dutch voters will go to the polls on 15 March to elect their new MPs, in what many observers see as a dry run for the French presidential election one month later. EURACTIV France reports.

Elections 17-02-2017

Floating voters will decide French election

With eight weeks to go before the French presidential election, voters seem confused. Half of the electorate has not yet decided which candidate to support. Euractiv France reports.

15-02-2017

The Brief: Fillon’s campaign of the living dead

François Fillon, the centre right candidate in France’s presidential elections, is a dead man walking, a lumbering, dangerous zombie who doesn’t know his time is up.

EU Priorities 2020 15-02-2017

France turns to EU courts to defend Strasbourg Parliament

The French government has gone to new lengths to defend the European Parliament’s Strasbourg seat, filing a complaint against the Parliament’s 2017 budget vote, which took place in Brussels. Euractiv France reports.

Education 13-02-2017

Elite French school chooses ‘figure of emancipation’ Louise Weiss as patron

France’s prestigious National School of Administration adopted the great feminist, journalist and European activist Louise Weiss as its patron for the class of 2016-2017. EURACTIV France reports.

Elections 26-01-2017

French presidential hopeful says EU’s ‘3% public deficit dogma must end’

During a TV debate yesterday evening (25 January), both contenders for the Socialist ticket in the French Presidential election said they would loosen the country’s purse strings, with Benoît Hamon going a step further by promising to end the EU's “3% deficit dogma”. EURACTIV France reports.

The Brief: France’s Bernie Sanders gives Brussels a sleepless night

The French presidential elections keep throwing up problems for Brussels, which is keeping an uneasy eye on developments in Paris.

Elections 20-01-2017

Parliament vice-presidents election goes off without hitch

The halfway point of the European Parliament’s mandate means vice-presidency, qaestor and committee roles all need to be reallocated. EURACTIV France reports.

Public Affairs 18-01-2017

Vestager tipped for Commission vice-presidency

Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager should take over Kristalina Georgieva's Commission vice-presidency , as a result of the new alliance between the European People’s Party and liberal ALDE groups, sources told EURACTIV France.

Elections 17-01-2017

Tajani triumphant in historic Parliament presidency vote

Following intense political negotiations, centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) candidate Antonio Tajani was elected this evening (17 January) as president of the European Parliament.