Mathieu Pollet

Politics 28-07-2021

Far-Right Parties in the European Parliament Explained

Far-right and conservative parties from 16 EU countries, including France’s Rassemblement National, Poland’s PiS, Hungary’s Fidesz, and Italy’s Lega, have decided to join forces to make their voice heard in the European debates. Together, they signed a document calling for...
copyright 27-07-2021

Facebook teams up with French anti-piracy association on copyright

Facebook has teamed up with French anti-piracy association ALPA up to protect content on its platforms from copyright infringement, the tech giant announced on Monday (26 July). EURACTIV France reports.
Cybersecurity 22-07-2021

France launches investigation into Pegasus spying allegations

The French government spokesman announced this morning (July 22) that "investigations have been launched" after the revelations of "Project Pegasus" which claim that one of Emmanuel Macron's phone numbers was spied on by Morocco.
Data protection 21-07-2021

The Brief – Big brother is watching you (again)

The Pegasus Project's revelations remind us that journalists, officials and activists all over the world are still closely being watched by national and foreign intelligence services.
Economy & Jobs 20-07-2021

Expert: Digital euro ‘not clear yet and might not be for a long time’

As the digital euro moves to the experimentation phase, experts criticise the lack of clarity around the project and the decade long delay compared to cryptocurrencies.
Digital & Media 14-07-2021

French MP: Digital sovereignty is about being able to choose dependencies

In an interview with EURACTIV France, French centrist MP Philippe Latombe spoke about France's approach to digital sovereignty being about being able to choose who they can depend on and pointed to EU countries currently not being 'on the same page' when it comes to digital sovereignty.
Digital & Media 14-07-2021

Google fined €500 mln for lack of ‘good faith’ in negotiations with French press

The French competition authority has slapped a record €500 million fine on Google for not having negotiated "in good faith" with news publishers and agencies on neighbouring rights - the remuneration for the reuse of copyrighted content they are entitled to.
Future EU 07-07-2021

Transnational lists, top-candidate system no cure for EU ‘democratic deficit’

Transnational election lists and the Spitzenkandidaten system used during the EU elections to nominate the bloc’s leaders are no “miracle cures” to the “democratic deficit” in the EU, according to an information report presented by French senators on Tuesday (6 July). EURACTIV France reports.
5G 06-07-2021

France hopes for 5G market worth €15 billion by 2025

France aims to invest nearly €1.7 billion in its 5G market, Industry Minister Agnès Pannier-Runacher and Secretary of State for Digital Cédric O announced on Tuesday morning while presenting the country's 5G and future telecommunications strategy that is eyeing a 5G market worth €15 billion by 2025. EURACTIV France reports.
Digital & Media 05-07-2021

French law on content moderation risks ‘fragmenting’ EU digital market, says Commission

A French bill with several obligations for online platforms similar to a draft EU law poses a "risk to the single market in digital services and to Europe's prosperity", the European Commission has warned. EURACTIV France reports.
Data protection 01-07-2021

Outcry pushes Google to postpone third-party cookies ban to mid-2023

Faced with criticism from competitors and regulators, Google has postponed for mid-2023 its plan to put in place an alternative to third-party cookies, the Federated Learning of Cohorts (FLoC), acknowledging the need for more time and debate. EURACTIV France reports.
Digital & Media 28-06-2021

Study: French recovery plan not enough to meet EU’s 2030 digital targets

The investments envisaged in the French recovery plan are unlikely to be sufficient to achieve the digital transition ambitions set by the European Commission for 2030, a new study published by auditing firm Deloitte has revealed. EURACTIV France reports.
Digital & Media 23-06-2021

Google ‘determined to find solution’ on ‘neighbouring rights’ for French press

I am "determined to find a solution" at a time when a new collective management body for press publishers is due to be created, Google France managing director, Sébastien Missoffe told French senators on Wednesday (23 June), adding that he "recognises neighbouring rights".
Health 16-06-2021

London, Copenhagen, Amsterdam are most eco-friendly sports cities in Europe

A recent Reebok study has ranked the most eco-friendly cities for practising sports, with London, Copenhagen, and Amsterdam coming out on top in Europe, and France trailing behind in 19th  place.
Digital & Media 16-06-2021

Germany and France gear up to fight foreign interference ahead of elections

Berlin and Paris are taking steps to fight the expected manipulation of online information by foreign powers as they approach key elections, Germany in September and France next year.
Digital & Media 16-06-2021

Macron wants Europe to have 10 tech giants worth €100 billion by 2030

French President Emmanuel Macron announced the objective of having “10 companies worth €100 billion by 2030” on Tuesday (15 June) after he received the "Scale-Up Europe" collective on Tuesday (15 June), which presented him with its recommendations to encourage the emergence of digital giants in Europe.
Digital & Media 08-06-2021

France moves to become a nation of ‘large tech companies’

"We were a start-up nation, we are going to become a nation of large technology companies," Economy Minister Bruno le Maire told a conference on Monday (7 June), adding that “France has a vocation to be one of the nations writing the 21st century”. EURACTIV France reports.
Elections 03-06-2021

Communist candidate in French 2022 election: ‘We are very different from Mélenchon’

In an interview with EURACTIV France, Communist Party candidate in the upcoming presidential elections, Fabien Roussel, said he wants to be the candidate for the youth and the working man and criticised Europe for pitting the French worker against the Polish one.
Digital & Media 02-06-2021

EU faces €5-10 billion investment gap on AI and blockchain – report

The EU is not investing enough in artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain to keep up with the US and China and it should start investing €5-10 billion each year but also strengthen its eco-systems in order to be competitive, a report said.
Digital & Media 27-05-2021

Manufacturers urged to remove pre-installed apps on new phones

As the EU debates its Digital Markets Act, calls have grown louder for manufacturers to remove all applications pre-installed on new phones in order to combat the oligopoly of "gatekeepers" such as Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft. EURACTIV France reports.
Digital & Media 26-05-2021

France to buff up COVID-app to ensure gradual reopening ‘as secure as possible’

French citizens will be able to use the "TousAntiCovid" app from 9 June, the day sports halls and the interior of bars and restaurants are to reopen, to report their presence in establishments open to the public - and to be contacted if they have come across a person infected with COVID-19.
Digital & Media 21-05-2021

France launches digital sovereignty observatory

Telecom Paris and Netexplo officially launched the Technologies & Digital Sovereignty observatory on Thursday (20 May), which aims to bring together companies and startups as well as political players. EURACTIV France reports.
Digital & Media 19-05-2021

MEPs urge Commission to tackle illegal online sports broadcasts

European lawmakers on Wednesday (19 May) adopted a resolution urging the Commission to combat illegal broadcasting of sports events and strengthen the rights of organisers. EURACTIV France reports.
Digital & Media 18-05-2021

French data watchdog president: GDPR sucessfully stood ‘pandemic test’

The EU's flagship data protection regulation, known as the GDPR, has stood the test of the COVID-19 health crisis, the president of French data watchdog CNIL said at the release of the body's annual report for 2020 on Tuesday (18 May). EURACTIV France reports.