Mathieu Pollet

Data protection 16-04-2021

Google backs EU plans to fight child sexual abuse

Google has said it backs the need for a derogation from the ePrivacy directive and supports the notion of creating a European centre that would cover law enforcement, prevention and victim support at the EU level.
Data protection 16-04-2021

France to decide whether to allow widespread retention of connection data

France's Council of State, the country's highest legal entity, is meeting on Friday (16 April) to finally decide whether to allow the widespread retention of connection data despite the Court of Justice in Luxembourg having already ruled against the practice several times. EURACTIV France reports.
Digital & Media 12-04-2021

French politicians turn to Twitch in hope of connecting with youth

French Prime Minister Jean Castex and former president François Hollande are among a number of French politicians to broadcast live interviews on Twitch in recent months, with the video streaming platform being seen as a way to reconnect with disaffected youth. EURACTIV France reports.
A new bill on the regulation and protection of access to cultural works in the digital age was presented to France's Council of Ministers yesterday (8 April).
Digital & Media 09-04-2021

France in bid to ‘step up the fight against pirate sites’ with new super-regulator

A new bill on the regulation and protection of access to cultural works in the digital age was presented to France’s Council of Ministers yesterday (8 April). This text aims to “continue to adapt our law to new uses and...
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.
Digital & Media 02-04-2021

Google Maps on track to have ‘100 AI-powered improvements’

US digital giant Google unveiled on Tuesday (30 March) new features for its Google Maps app that will make use of artificial intelligence (AI). EURACTIV France reports.
Data protection 01-04-2021

French data watchdog to start checking cookie policy compliance

France's data protection watchdog CNIL will from Thursday (1 April) begin conducting checks to ensure websites are in compliance with new guidelines on advertising trackers after the deadline it granted expired. EURACTIV France reports.
Digital & Media 31-03-2021

MEPs urged to reject Commission’s ‘anti-free speech’ proposal to monitor terror online

The European Commission is seeking to offer some comfort and reassurance after 61 organisations urged EU lawmakers in an open letter to reject the proposed EU regulation on preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online, which is due to be voted on in Parliament on 28 April.
Digital & Media 30-03-2021

MEPs call for greater regulation of AI discrimination

The European Parliament's culture and education committee endorsed on 15 March an opinion calling for a framework to regulate artificial intelligence (AI) in order to "reduce gender, social or cultural bias in technology", and the European Commission is expected to propose a legislative framework for the matter in April. EURACTIV France reports.
Digital & Media 23-03-2021

Reporters Without Borders files complaint against Facebook for ‘deceptive commercial practices’

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) filed a complaint against Facebook for "deceptive commercial practices" on Monday (22 March), accusing the social media giant of not respecting its commitments related to fighting disinformation and moderating online hate, particularly targeting journalists. EURACTIV France reports.
Elections 19-03-2021

Left-wing alliance in northern France: a taster for the 2022 presidential election?

After the announcement that France’s left-wing and Green parties will present a common list for the regional elections in the North of France, EURACTIV.fr looks into whether such a strategy could also be adopted for the upcoming 2022 presidential election.
Digital & Media 17-03-2021

Apple: Competition Authority does not oppose new privacy measures

France's competition authority has given the go-ahead for Apple's new privacy protocols to be implemented, stating that the move does not "constitute an abuse of a dominant position," as part of a decision issued on Wednesday (17 March).  
Digital & Media 16-03-2021

France gets green light to use Amazon-hosted Doctolib for jab bookings

The interim relief judge of the French Council of State ruled last Friday (12 March) that the health ministry's decision to integrate medical portal Doctolib, which uses Amazon’s hosting services, into its online booking system for COVID-19 vaccinations did not infringe privacy and personal data protection rights. EURACTIV France reports.
Digital & Media 16-03-2021

French content in Europe – Over a coffee with Netflix’s Sara May

What is so special about France when it comes to streaming platforms’ content? Netflix Director of Acquisitions and Co-productions for France and Italy Sara May sheds some light on the French market, one year after the opening of a brand new office in Paris. She also told us about how they kept the shows on the road in spite of the pandemic restrictions.
Data protection 16-03-2021

France to use CCTV to monitor mask-wearing on public transport

France has authorised the use of surveillance cameras to monitor whether passengers on public transport are abiding by the requirement to wear masks. EURACTIV France reports.
Digital & Media 11-03-2021

Google to raise advertising fees to offset French, Spanish GAFA tax

In an email to French and Spanish advertisers last week, Google announced a 3% increase in advertising rates on its platform from May, to cover what has been termed the 'GAFA tax' in force in both countries. EURACTIV France reports.

French MPs propose ‘moratorium’ on 5G rollout, citing health, environment

Three amendments proposing to have a "moratorium" on 5G deployment in France - first spotted by news websites Numerama and Next INpact - were tabled before the French National Assembly during its committee's examination of the bill to combat climate change. EURACTIV France reports.

France already preparing for EU presidency in first half of 2022

With France set to take over the rotating EU Council Presidency in the first half of 2022, European Affairs Minister Clément Beaune last week launched two committees: a monitoring committee and a reflection committee. EURACTIV France reports.
Future EU 08-03-2021

Trouble brews in Macron’s Renew as EU Parliament power shift looms

Trouble is brewing in Renew Europe, the third-largest group in the European Parliament, pitting the old 'liberals and democrats' of ALDE against the group leadership and the French delegation of Emmanuel Macron's party, according to an insider source in the centrist group.
Digital & Media 03-03-2021

France under fire for use of Amazon-hosted Doctolib for jab bookings

France's health ministry will have to defend its decision to integrate the medical portal Doctolib, which uses Amazon's hosting services, into its online booking system for COVID-19 vaccinations before France's top court, EURACTIV France reports.
Politics 02-03-2021

Three in four EU citizens want a more sovereign Europe

The demand for more European sovereignty within the EU is strong despite disparities between countries, according to a study published Tuesday (2 March) by the Jean Jaurès Foundation and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, in partnership with the Ipsos polling institute. EURACTIV France reports.
Coronavirus 25-02-2021

EU Commission cautious with ‘unilateral’ moves on vaccination passports

The European Commission is cautious with EU member states moves to unilaterally issue a certificate offering travel privileges to those vaccinated, EU sources told EURACTIV.com, suggesting instead a common approach.
EU-Africa 25-02-2021

Paris to bring African vaccine strategy on the table at EU virtual summit

When EU heads of states and government hold an online meeting on Thursday (25 February), they will discuss a proposal by French President Emmanuel Macron to send 13 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to African countries. EURACTIV France reports.
Health 24-02-2021

Two-thirds of French sports fans ready to boycott non-eco-friendly events

Sports fans are interested in environmental issues and brands should take such trends into account, according to the new "Meaningful Passions" study. The study also confirmed that about two-thirds of French fans would even boycott an event with no environmental commitment. EURACTIV France reports.