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French government proposes more surveillance in new anti-terrorism bill

The French government presented its new anti-terrorism bill on Wednesday morning (28 April), a few days after a 36-year-old 'radicalised' Tunisian stabbed a police employee to death outside a police station in Rambouillet, southwest of Paris. EURACTIV France reports.
Economy & Jobs 27-04-2021

France and Germany unveil green recovery plans

French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire and German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz unveiled their national recovery and resilience plan at a joint press conference Tuesday (27 April) ahead of the indicative 30 April deadline set by the European Commission.
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.
Health 08-04-2021

French rally champion commits to planting one tree for every lap win

Three-time French rally champion Yoann Bonato announced in late March that he would commit to planting a tree each time he sets the fastest time 'scratch' during a 'special', of which there are many during a race. As he will be competing in 17 races in the 2021 season, there is a chance for many trees to be planted. EURACTIV France reports.
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.
Agrifood 25-03-2021

Agroecology transitional costs major hurdle to uptake, warns French advisory body

Producing more while reducing the impact on the climate and the environment: this is the challenge facing the agricultural world today, presented as one of the keys to a successful green transition by the French and European public authorities. EURACTIV France explores the potential of agroecology in squaring this circle.
Agrifood 24-03-2021

French mosques fear slaughter policy change is ban on halal chicken

Several major French mosques have expressed concern that a proposed ban on the slaughter of poultry without first stunning the animals would effectively lead to a ban on halal chicken, while the agriculture ministry says this concern is unfounded. 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.
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.

Abolition of energy-saving incentives worries French building sector

The €2 billion of financial aid to boost energy renovation in France's COVID recovery plan may not be enough to compensate for the abolition of financial assistance provided to households under the so-called “energy saving incentives” – or what the French ministry has branded "coups de pouce isolation". EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 12-03-2021

Geographical indications offer clear added value, says Commission

Geographical indications offer a clear added value to agrifood products and are an "important asset" of rural territories, a new study, released by the European Commission last week, has concluded. EURACTIV France reports.

Poor countries in line to receive funds from EU carbon border levy

The future carbon border adjustment mechanism is part of the "new own resources" for the EU budget and must be used to "combat global warming" across the world, Green MEP Yannick Jadot said on Wednesday (3 March). 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.
Agrifood 04-03-2021

‘Price war’ between French farmers and big supermarkets continues

Although annual negotiations between French supermarkets and their suppliers officially ended on Monday (1 March), the "price war" that has once again fuelled tensions this year is far from over. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 26-02-2021

Almost half of French people have cut meat consumption in last three years

French people tend to eat less meat than before, according to the results of the Harris Interactive survey published on Thursday ( 25 February). This change in eating habits can only be welcomed, both from an environmental and health perspective. EURACTIV France reports.
Non-discrimination 25-02-2021

Violence and harassment in Europe ‘far more frequent than official data indicate’

Millions of European citizens are victims of harassment and violence every year, according to a report published on 19 February by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), revealing that "acts of violence and harassment in Europe are far more frequent than official data indicate." 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

French association teaches sports clubs to be more environmentally friendly

The French association Match for Green, which aims to make sports more environmentally friendly, started offering training to support sports clubs in their green transition from Monday (22 February). EURACTIV France reports.
5G 23-02-2021

Paris soon to deploy 5G services as city signs charter with network operators

A new Parisian mobile phone charter will be submitted to the Paris city council at the start of March, which should approve the deployment of 5G across the French capital. EURACTIV France reports.
Economy & Jobs 19-02-2021

Towards a ‘new normal’: What challenges for EU’s post-crisis Cohesion policy?

What effect will the COVID-19 pandemic have had on cohesion within the EU and what lessons can be learned from the crisis to strengthen the bloc in the future? These are some of the questions addressed in the European Policy Centre's report published on Thursday (18 February), a year after the start of the pandemic. EURACTIV France reports.
Economy & Jobs 18-02-2021

EU regions’ advisory body to step up cooperation with Commission

Renovations, sustainable mobility, urban greening. These are just some areas in which the Committee of the Regions' (CoR) wants to work more closely with the European Commission. EURACTIV France reports.
Data protection 17-02-2021

French senators debate over-reliance on databases

As the so-called "global security law" opened Pandora's box in France regarding privacy protection, the national parliament's upper house debated last week whether too many people are featured within the country's databases for identification, administrative or surveillance purposes. EURACTIV France reports.
Health 16-02-2021

Local, eco-responsible production of sports gear gains ground in France

Whether they are footballs or jerseys, a great deal of today's sports equipment is produced on the other side of the world and is made from plastics and chemicals that are often harmful to peoples' health and the environment. However, the good news is that in France, a trend of local and eco-responsible production is gaining ground. EURACTIV France reports.