Anne Damiani

Coronavirus 14-07-2021

French health agency: Women’s health more affected by pandemic than men’s

The coronavirus pandemic has affected women more than men in France in 2020, according to the national public health agency Santé Publique France, which said that women's socioeconomic status played a greater role than purely health factors. EURACTIV France reports.
Coronavirus 12-07-2021

France to make COVID-19 jab compulsory for healthcare professionals

The French government has said it will make the COVID-19 jab compulsory for the healthcare sector and other professionals this week on the back of ongoing debate over mandatory vaccination for healthcare workers elsewhere in the EU. EURACTIV France reports.
Health 01-07-2021

France to give €7 billion boost to healthcare system

After France failed to complete clinical trials and launch its own COVID-19 vaccine, President Emmanuel Macron now wants to turn things around and invest €7 billion in the medical sector. EURACTIV France reports.
Health 04-06-2021

EU wants tobacco-free generation as smoking numbers rise worldwide

The European Commission is calling for stricter actions on tobacco regulations in a bid to have a tobacco-free generation in the EU by 2040. However, the global number of smokers continues to grow.
Health 30-04-2021

Europe faces ‘obesity epidemic’ as figure almost tripled in 40 years

Last week, the European Parliament called for the better treatment and management of obesity as average obesity levels in the EU have risen by 161% since 1975. EURACTIV France reports.
Road safety 30-04-2021

EU has world’s safest roads, recorded fewest traffic-related deaths in 2020

In 2020, 4,000 fewer people died in the EU as a result of road accidents compared to the year before, according to the European Commission, making the bloc the safest region compared to the rest of the world and the global average of road traffic deaths. EURACTIV France reports.
Coronavirus 30-04-2021

Malta, Hungary top EU vaccinations in terms of population share

Malta and Hungary have fully vaccinated more of their citizens in terms of their population than any other countries in the European Union, with Finland, Bulgaria and Latvia currently lagging behind the rest of the bloc. EURACTIV France reports.
Health 28-04-2021

France worried about mental health of its lockdown-stricken citizens

After more than a year of successive lockdowns implemented by European governments to curb the spread of COVID-19, the French authorities are now worried about the mental health of their citizens. EURACTIV France reports.

Pandemic has prevented many migrants from reaching Europe

The various COVID-19 related lockdowns and closures of the EU's borders have reduced mobility, particularly of migrants, making the job of the EU's border and coast guard agency Frontex more difficult. EURACTIV France reports.
Coronavirus 23-04-2021

Small EU countries had more COVID-related deaths per million since pandemic started

While the EU's most populous countries are recording the most overall COVID-19-related deaths since the start of the pandemic, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Bulgaria had the highest number of COVID-19-related deaths in relation to their populations during the same period. EURACTIV France reports.
Air Quality 15-04-2021

First lockdown in France improved air quality, avoided thousands of deaths

Several thousands of deaths were avoided due to the reduced emissions of air pollution particles during the first COVID-19 lockdown, the French health agency said on Wednesday (14 April). EURACTIV France reports.
Elections 07-04-2021

Bye Frexit, hello ecology: Why Le Pen’s party programme has a new agenda

With France's regional and presidential elections already looming on the horizon, Marine Le Pen's right-wing Rassemblement national (RN) seems to want to rework its roadmap. On the agenda: more ecology, but no more return to the franc.
Non-discrimination 26-03-2021

Expert: Pandemic has exposed anti-Asian hate in France

The COVID-19 health crisis has exposed the racism people of Asian descent face today. EURACTIV France spoke to post-doctoral fellow at the Institute for Demographic Studies (INED), Ya-han Chuang to discuss how such "awareness" has been formed in France.
Economy & Jobs 22-03-2021

EU recovery plan has helped boost consumer, industry confidence

The coronavirus pandemic has instigated fears of economic uncertainty among various economic actors, including among consumers, distributors, and industry. However, the latest Eurostat figures show that confidence among economic actors is more or less holding up despite the health crisis.

EU Court bans controversial French bird hunting practice

In a ruling on Wednesday (17 March) the EU Court of Justice in Luxembourg banned the traditional French bird-hunting practice that consists of using so-called glue traps because it was "likely to cause other than negligible damage to non-target species caught". EURACTIV France reports.
Economy & Jobs 13-10-2020

UK no longer top Erasmus destination for students

While some of the effects of Brexit are still difficult to assess, the Erasmus+ university exchange programme has already suffered the consequences. EURACTIV France reports.
Data protection 01-10-2020

COVID-19: an excuse for increased digital surveillance?

To monitor the spread of the new coronavirus, EU member states have taken additional surveillance measures at the expense of fundamental rights. EURACTIV France reports.
Health 28-09-2020

EU teams up with South-East Asia to fight counterfeit medicines

Launched on social media in September, the #YourHealthIsPriceless campaign aims to raise awareness of the harms that counterfeit pharmaceutical and healthcare products can cause.
5G 15-09-2020

Macron slams anti-5G proponents as ‘Amish’, causing uproar in France

French President Emmanuel Macron defended 5G technology in his speech to a French startup gathering on Monday (14 September), providing a clear answer to a moratorium on the rollout of the super-fast broadband network wanted by leftist and green parties.
Economy & Jobs 20-07-2020

Investors call out for green opportunities, as EU aims to open the door

In order to make the post-pandemic recovery as sustainable as possible, long-term green investments will be in hot demand. Participants at a virtual conference called “Investing post-COVID: is a green recovery assured?” called for more opportunities and a viable framework.
Circular economy 13-07-2020

A stronger and self-reliant European industry through new inputs, innovation

Participants at a virtual conference called “Re-starting the EU economy - How can industry contribute to a resilient and sustainable industry?" agreed on one point: the key is to  keep the market open, but with new inputs.
Railways 09-07-2020

Air France’s promise to nix domestic flights: Not good enough for the environment

Air France's pledge to end some of its domestic flights in return for billions of euros in government aid is a weak contribution to climate action, as weak railway infrastructure stands in the way of a plane-to-train shift. EURACTIV France reports.
Politics 07-07-2020

French government reshuffle: Environment to be key priority

France's post-municipal election reshuffle was announced on Monday (6 July) by the Secretary-General of the Elysée Palace, Alexis Kohler. The new Prime Minister Jean Castex from conservative party Les Républicains (LR) confirms his right-wing orientation while signalling he will put the environment at the centre of his priorities. EURACTIV France reports.
Elections 03-07-2020

Jean Castex appointed as new French PM

Jean Castex became the new Prime Minister of France on Friday (3 July), following the announcement of a government reshuffle on Tuesday evening and the resignation of Edouard Philippe this morning.