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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.
Non-discrimination 12-06-2020

France has a discrimination problem, says national human rights defender

The sixth report of the Defender of Rights, an independent constitutional body created in 2011 that aims to protect the rights of all citizens, has revealed the  scale of discrimination in France. It is also the last by of the institution's first president, Jacques Toubon. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 29-05-2020

EU food stocks: Should gear up for a rise of food protectionism?

The EU is preparing to change its agricultural storage policy at a time when the COVID-19 health crisis has highlighted the weaknesses of its reserves. EURACTIV France reports.
Coronavirus 29-04-2020

France lifts lid on gradual virus deconfinement plan

The French government's plan to ease coronavirus lockdown measures relies on a strategy of testing and isolating patients to ensure the second wave of contamination is kept under control. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 27-04-2020

EU’s ‘farm to fork’ strategy establishes itself in France due to COVID-19 crisis

The European strategy, which was intended to favour short distribution routes, has been postponed to a later date.  However, the current COVID-19 health crisis is speeding up the agricultural sector's shift towards food self-sufficiency. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 15-04-2020

France calls for urgent EU help for its crisis-ridden farming sector

France's Agriculture Minister Didier Guillaume has multiplied calls for assistance from Brussels to deal with the effects of the ongoing health crisis. In other words, the milk, meat, fruit and vegetable sectors cannot wait much longer. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 06-04-2020

French farmers and MPs call for the creation of European food stocks

French agricultural producers and MPs are urging the European Commission to set up food stocks to avoid falling prices and the destruction of certain food products. EURACTIV France reports.
Health 01-04-2020

Lille football club commits to reaching carbon neutrality

Lille's football club, Losc, has committed to reaching the commitments of the UN-sponsored "Climate Neutral Now" initiative and is the first French club to do so. EURACTIV France reports.
Economy & Jobs 30-03-2020

France puts dividends payments into ‘confinement’ amid COVID-19 crisis

The French government intends to prohibit the payment of dividends to companies receiving state funding. While this would remain a partial ban, many are eager to see it become generalised in the context of the health and economic crisis. EURACTIV France reports.
Coronavirus 26-03-2020

France wants EU to win virus ‘communications battle’

European solidarity is being put to the test as some EU member states are not supporting the idea of 'corona bonds' and the EU's approach to communicating with the public about the crisis remains too discreet, according to Paris. EURACTIV France reports.
Coronavirus 25-03-2020

COVID-19: France calls unemployed to work in fields as borders stay closed

The French government has called on the technically unemployed French to make themselves available to help farmers with seasonal harvests. But such 'agricultural patriotism' does not bode well with the tightening of containment. EURACTIV France reports.
Coronavirus 24-03-2020

COVID-19: France wants to activate EU bailout fund without conditions or delay

The financial crisis management tool of the eurozone countries must be activated without delay and without conditions, said French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire before the Eurogroup meeting on Tuesday (24 March). EURACTIV France reports.
Economy & Jobs 20-03-2020

France’s budget deficit could skyrocket to 7% of GDP in COVID-19 aftermath

The French government continues to announce stimulus spending, as well as support measures for companies, employees and the research sector worth billions to mitigate the COVID-19 crisis. Although necessary, those measures could send the country's budget deficit through the roof, EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 19-03-2020

Coronavirus puts French agricultural production centre-stage

In France, the coronavirus crisis has put the agricultural sector back in the spotlight as concerns persist about the transport of food and seasonal shortages of farm labourers. EURACTIV France reports.
Coronavirus 18-03-2020

After declaring ‘war’ on COVID-19, France readies measures to uphold economy

To cushion the economic impact of the coronavirus, French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire has announced a series of measures to support businesses, including "nationalisation". EURACTIV France reports.
Coronavirus 13-03-2020

Coronavirus: Macron announces drastic measures in France

France will close from Monday all nurseries, schools and universities to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus, President Emmanuel Macron said in a televised address on Thursday (12 March), calling the outbreak the nation's worst public health crisis in a century.
Agrifood 12-03-2020

Greenpeace proposes 70% meat consumption reduction by 2030

Three burgers a week: that's the maximum amount of meat Europeans should get used to eating, according to NGO Greenpeace, which has been looking at Europe's eating habits. EURACTIV France reports.
Climate change 12-03-2020

Europe’s agricultural sector struggles to reduce emissions

Europe's agricultural sector has barely managed to reduce its emissions since 2018, according to a report by the European Environment Agency published on Tuesday (10 March). EURACTIV France reports.
Economy & Jobs 04-03-2020

Breton wants EU industrial policy to focus less on consumers, more on businesses

The EU's Internal Market Commissioner, Thierry Breton, wants to put businesses back at the heart of the European Commission's industrial strategy, with less emphasis on reducing consumer prices. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 28-02-2020

Sustainable rooftop-fish-farming conquers Brussels city heights

Europe's largest urban farm, located on the rooftops of the EU capital, raises fish and grows vegetables while meeting strict circular economy criteria. The founder of BIGH (Building Integrated Greenhouses), Steven Beckers, says his urban farm plans to emulate his successful practice across the border. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 27-02-2020

Agricultural drones are gradually ‘taking off’ in France

France is experimenting with drones as a means of spraying pesticides so that by 2021 it may launch the practice as it could lead to more precise treatments, as well as a reduction in the use of phytosanitary products. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 26-02-2020

How automation can work to support effiency in farming systems

Automation in the farming sector is playing an increasing role in improving the quality of both animal and farmers lives. Pascal Huger, a goat breeder in Thenay in the Loir-et-Cher region, talks to EURACTIV France about his choice to automate on his farm.
Health 25-02-2020

French stadiums should ban fungicide use this year

Fungicides, which are pesticides used to combat fungi, could be banned from French football stadiums this year. EURACTIV France reports
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