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EU Elections 2019 22-03-2019

French jailbirds to vote in EU elections for first time

For the first time, a prison in northern France will make sure inmates are able to vote at the EU elections in May. Almost all of France's 80,000 prisoners have the right to cast a ballot but few have managed to exercise it until now. EURACTIV France reports.
EU Elections 2019 19-03-2019

Pascal Durand: ‘Sometimes you have to fight behind enemy lines’

The European election campaign will see French Green Party representative Pascal Durand joining forces with President Macron’s La République En Marche (LREM), a party not exactly known for its ecological sensitivity. EURACTIV France reports.
Economy & Jobs 15-03-2019

Fair taxation: A mixed bag of results for the Juncker Commission

Since the LuxLeaks scandal, the fair taxation agenda has made some headway. But resistance from member states has also blocked many measures during the Juncker Commission mandate. EURACTIV France reports. What conclusions can be drawn from the Juncker Commission’s fair...
Future EU 14-03-2019

Outraged reactions in France as Germany’s CDU disavows Strasbourg

The president of Germany's ruling CDU party considers the European Parliament's presence in Strasbourg to be an “anachronism”. France has other ideas. EURACTIV France reports.
EU Elections 2019 12-03-2019

Inauguration of the Franco-German assembly on 25 March

Tasked with implementing the so-called Aachen Treaty, the binational chamber is set to be launched amidst tense Franco-German relations.
Politics 04-03-2019

Coca-Cola’s EU Council sponsorship raises eyebrows

NGO Foodwatch has taken exception to Coca-Cola’s sponsorship of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council. Bucarest says everything has been done transparently and in line with legal criteria. EURACTIV France reports.
EU Elections 2019 01-03-2019

Le Pen’s Rassemblement National continues to puzzle pollsters

Considered the favourite for the European elections in the autumn polls, the far-right Rassemblement National party of Marine Le Pen is now predicted to finish in second place with 20% of voting intentions, behind Emmanuel Macron's La République En Marche. EURACTIV France reports.
Politics 27-02-2019

Benoît Hamon’s movement launches European election list on its own

Having failed to bring the French left together with his plans for citizen voting, Benoît Hamon presented the first 30 names on the list of the Génération.s movement. EURACTIV France reports.
EU Elections 2019 26-02-2019

François-Xavier Bellamy, a quirky lead candidate for the French right

François-Xavier Bellamy, a philosophy teacher from Versailles, does not believe in European democracy but wants to advance the idea of Europe by working on culture and education. Bellamy believes Europe's roots are Christian, but not exclusively. EURACTIV France reports.
Development Policy 25-02-2019

France’s ‘Rana Plaza’ law delivers few results

France wants to be at the forefront of efforts to regulate multinationals’ responsibility towards workers in developing countries, but is having difficulty enforcing its own law on duty of care, according to a report published on 21 February. EURACTIV France reports.
Brexit 21-02-2019

Brexit panic reaches across the Channel to France

The French have finally realised that there may well be a no-deal Brexit. The Medef employers’ federation has said that French businesses are not prepared, the agricultural sector is waiting, while transporters are panicking. EURACTIV France reports.
EU Elections 2019 20-02-2019

French people make ‘social Europe’ proposals in workshops ahead of EU elections

When consulted at a workshop on the future of “social Europe” after the European elections, French people were ambitious on social issues. EURACTIV France reports.
EU Elections 2019 20-02-2019

French people have subtler view of EU than their politicians

A new survey has shown that the French have a nuanced view of the EU, neither being totally for nor against it, often disappointed and carrying many hopes. 59% of French people said they were “attached” to the EU. EURACTIV France reports.

French debate on setting migration quotas reopened

The question of setting migration quotas in France has come back to the forefront through the 'great debate' initiated by Emmanuel Macron. EURACTIV France reports.
EU Elections 2019 18-02-2019

Macron’s LREM targets the far-right at European elections

The French Minister for European Affairs already crosses swords on a regular basis with the far-right Rassemblement National and its fake news. This could prove useful practice for the upcoming election campaign. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 18-02-2019

MEPs want less EU money going to intensive farming

Lawmakers in the European Parliament's environment committee have voted for a reduction in subsidies going to intensive farming under the common agricultural policy as of 2021. EURACTIV France reports.
Climate change 15-02-2019

French students starting to mobilise against climate inaction

In Paris, it is French students rather than secondary school pupils who are mobilising for the youth climate march, a movement which is slowly gaining momentum in France. EURACTIV France reports.
Politics 12-02-2019

Commission turns blind eye to violence against demonstrators in France

On Monday (11 February), many MEPs at the European Parliament criticised the amount and severity of injuries suffered during the demonstrations by the French ‘yellow vest’ movement. The fisheries commissioner, who was dispatched on to represent the Commission, did not answer any questions. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 12-02-2019

Women try to find their feet in French agriculture

Women, the great forgotten group of agricultural policies, represent a quarter of French farmers. In Brittany, the “agriculture au féminin” network is attempting to push forward the issue of gender equality in the farming sector. EURACTIV France reports.
EU Elections 2019 11-02-2019

French left struggles to find unity for European elections

There are increasing calls for unity within the French left, which is divided like never before. But with less than four months to go until the European elections, attempts to bring left-wing groups together are struggling to gain traction. EURACTIV France reports.
EU Elections 2019 07-02-2019

‘Yellow vests’ cause diplomatic crisis between France and Italy

A meeting between the French ‘yellow vests’ and the Italian labour minister, Luigi Di Maio, has lit a fuse between Paris and Rome. The relationship between the two countries has deteriorated in recent months. EURACTIV Frace reports.
Economy & Jobs 06-02-2019

‘Citizens do not see Europe as an answer to social challenges’

In the run-up to the European elections, the social dimension of Europe remains a great unknown to European citizens. EURACTIV France reports.
EU Elections 2019 04-02-2019

Increasing number of ‘yellow vest’ lists for European elections

With the announcement of a third ‘yellow vest’ list for the European elections, the movement seems to be divided. However, it has managed to make taxation one of the central issues of the May 2019 vote for French people. EURACTIV France reports.
EU Elections 2019 04-02-2019

Debate in France over holding referendum on same day as European election

The idea of holding a referendum on national issues from the French “great debate” at the same time as the European elections is generating much discussion, both within the ruling ranks and the opposition. EURACTIV France reports.

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