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Elections 21-01-2022

French candidate Hidalgo ‘profoundly’ pro-European

Anne Hidalgo, candidate for the Socialist Party in the French presidential elections, unveiled her programme on 13 January. As opposed to the populists in the race, her ambitious proposals all assert the primacy of EU law. EURACTIV France reports.
Energy 20-01-2022

Climate impact of new buildings still too high, says independent expert

New standards to reduce carbon emissions in the building sector will not be enough to meet the EU's 2030 and 2050 climate targets, according to a recent report by Building Performance Institute Europe (BPIE), an independent expertise centre. EURACTIV France reports.
Elections 20-01-2022

Zemmour presents anti-immigration EU vision similar to Le Pen’s

Éric Zemmour, the fiery far-right candidate in the French presidential elections, chose to clarify his anti-immigration-focused vision of Europe in Calais. While he will not advocate for Frexit, he will try to renegotiate the Schengen agreement, and "if necessary" withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights.

France aims for ‘a true ecological sovereignty for Europe’ at informal EU talks

Paris, which currently holds the six-month EU Council presidency, has highlighted the objective of achieving greater EU sovereignty on energy and environment as EU ministers dealing with these issues embark on a three-day informal meeting in Amiens. EURACTIV France reports.

Macron’s French EU presidency presentation turns into a settling of scores

President Emmanuel Macron presented the programme of France's six-month EU Council presidency before very agitated MEPs in Strasbourg on Wednesday (19 January), but it quickly turned into a sparring match with the French opposition.
Elections 19-01-2022

Presidential candidate Mélenchon ready to push for EU Treaty reform

Jean-Luc Mélenchon, presidential candidate of radical left party La France Insoumise, hopes to push member countries to break away from EU treaties "that block us" if he wins the election in April.
Agrifood 18-01-2022

France to push EU states to approve avian flu vaccine for poultry

Two vaccines will soon be tested in France in response to the worst avian influenza outbreak Europe has ever faced, French Agriculture Minister Julien Denormandie has announced. The aim is for them to be approved for all 27 EU member states. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 14-01-2022

French CAP plan prioritises legumes, hedges and carbon farming

France's national strategic plan for the Common Agriculture Policy  (CAP), which was submitted to the European Commission at the end of 2021, prioritises legume production, the planting of hedges and carbon farming. EURACTIV France reports.
Health 14-01-2022

France: blood donation to be open to gay men without conditions from March

Men who have same-sex relationships will now be able to donate blood in France with no preconditions, according to the Ministry of Health and the Directorate General of Health on Tuesday (11 January).
Elections 13-01-2022

EU, climate, social justice at core of Jadot’s Green presidential project

Yannick Jadot, the Green party candidate in the French presidential elections, has put Europe at the core of his presidential project. While this comes as no surprise, seducing the not-so- pro-EU French electorate with such an approach will be difficult.
Digital & Media 12-01-2022

French MPs call for more transparency, press unity in battle against digital giants

There is a need to put a stop to the information gap between the media and digital platforms, and encourage publishers to join forces to improve negotiations with digital platforms, French MPs concluded in a report presented on Wednesday.
Elections 12-01-2022

Le Pen wants EU to be ‘association of free nations’

After the defeat in the 2017 French presidential election, Marine Le Pen's right-wing Rassemblement National renewed its discourse about Europe, aiming to appeal to a wider electorate, but it is uncertain if this shift will give Le Pen a shot at winning the keys to the Elysée Palace in April
Elections 06-01-2022

French right divided over vaccine pass amid run-up to presidential elections

French MPs have adopted the COVID vaccine pass bill in the National Assembly on Thursday (6 January) amid fierce debates laying bare the internal struggles of the right-wing. Now, only Senate approval remains. EURACTIV France reports.
Data protection 06-01-2022

French privacy watchdog fines Facebook and Google over cookie tracking rules

France's data protection watchdog known as the CNIL fined Facebook and Google €60 million and €150 million, respectively, on Thursday (6 December) in its latest crackdown against tech giants violating cookie tracking rules. EURACTIV France reports.
Coronavirus 05-01-2022

Macron’s remarks about ‘pissing off the unvaccinated’ further delay vaccine pass

Deputies in the French National Assembly once again suspended a session debating the draft bill for the so-called "vaccine pass" early on Wednesday (5 January). This time, it was triggered by President Emmanuel Macron's controversial comments about the unvaccinated
Coronavirus 04-01-2022

French opposition suspends vaccine pass debate, delays launch

French opposition MPs have managed to suspend a parliamentary session meant to discuss a bill on the so-called "vaccine pass", throwing off course President Emmanuel Macron's ruling party's plans to quickly push it through

2022: France’s strategic role in advancing Europe’s climate ambitions

France, set to take over the rotating EU Council presidency for the first half of 2022, will have a strategic role to play in advancing the bloc's climate ambitions in 2022. But with the presidential elections coming up in April, the cards could be reshuffled along the way. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 21-12-2021

France and Austria ask Brussels to develop EU plant-based protein strategy

French and Austrian agriculture ministers signed a joint declaration to strengthen the production of plant-based proteins such as soybeans, legumes, and oilseeds in the EU and increase "the EU's self-sufficiency". EURACTIV France reports.
Digital & Media 15-12-2021

Pornhub says French warnings over age limits ‘encroaches upon privacy of adults’

Pornhub has criticised France's broadcasting regulator for sending warnings on Monday (13 December) to five porn-hosting websites over easy accessibility for minors. According to the pornography giant, the decision "encroaches upon the privacy of adults" and ignores most of the industry that remains uncontrolled. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 14-12-2021

France to strongly back Commission’s deforestation proposal during EU presidency

France will back the European Commission in fighting deforestation and defending a "high" level of ambition when it takes on the French EU Council Presidency in January for six months, French Agriculture Minister Julien Denormandie told EU agriculture ministers on 13 December.
Digital & Media 14-12-2021

France to prioritise digital regulation, tech sovereignty during EU Council presidency

Digital regulation and tech sovereignty will be among France's digital priorities when it takes over the rotating EU Council presidency in the first half of 2022. EURACTIV France reports.

France to link climate and economic goals during EU presidency stint

Promoting a new European growth model is one of the major focuses of France's EU Council presidency programme in the first half of 2022, President Emmanuel Macron has announced. The climate transition is not at the plan's core but it will be closely tied to Macron's economic ambitions.
Health 10-12-2021

EU lawmakers want to strengthen bloc’s role in fight against cancer

The European Parliament's special committee on cancer control (BECA) adopted on Thursday (9 December) a report on "Strengthening Europe in the fight against cancer". EURACTIV France reports.

EU’s Timmermans: Brussels ‘will support’ member states that choose nuclear

During an exchange with French parliamentarians this week, the EU Commission vice-president in charge of the Green Deal, Frans Timmermans, said Brussels "will support, sustain and assist those member states that make this choice" of using nuclear power. EURACTIV France reports.