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Health 14-10-2021

MEPs call for the EU pharma strategy to address medicine shortages

MEPs adopted a draft report on Tuesday (12 October) aimed at strengthening the EU's pharmaceutical strategy to ensure every patient has reliable and timely access to medicines, as shortages have been increasing since 2000. EURACTIV France reports.
Health 13-10-2021

France leads Europe in care for metastatic breast cancer patients, but not in screening

Although France is seen as a "leader" in organising the care of women with metastatic cancer,  as their quality of life has become an essential aspect of patient care in France, screening - which can reduce mortality by 20% - must be stepped up. EURACTIV France reports.
Digital & Media 11-10-2021

Pushed out, president of French competition body feels ‘surprised and disappointed’

The president of the French competition authority, Isabelle de Silva, who has slapped a record-high fine on Google during her tenure, has revealed that she will not be reappointed and will no longer work on some "difficult projects", including the merger of TV channels TF1 and M6.
Agrifood 07-10-2021

EU market protection, farmers’ income dominate French livestock summit talks

During France's upcoming EU Council presidency, reciprocity will be the name of the game for its Agriculture Minister Julien Denormandie, who took the opportunity during a recent agricultural summit to emphasise the importance of protecting the European market and farmers' wages
Health 07-10-2021

MEPs call for strengthening rights of people with disabilities

MEPs overwhelmingly adopted a report to protect people with disabilities on Wednesday (6 October). MEPs agreed that there is still a lot left to be done as disabled people still face many barriers and discrimination across the bloc. EURACTIV France reports.
Digital & Media 07-10-2021

French MPs vote against free book deliveries, targeting Amazon

French MPs adopted a bill on the "book economy" on Wednesday (6 October) which provides a minimum price for the delivery of books. With the service no longer free of charge, the bill aims to put an end to a "distortion of competition" between US giant Amazon and booksellers. EURACTIV France reports.
Digital & Media 06-10-2021

French defence company Thales partners with Google to offer ‘trusted cloud’

France's flagship security and defence company Thales announced a new partnership with Google on Wednesday (6 October). Its objective is to obtain the so-called "trusted cloud" label from the French government, propose a sovereign cloud service, and be operational by 2023. EURACTIV France reports.
Health 06-10-2021

French government announces support scheme for mentally vulnerable

In a drive to broaden health benefits, France announced new aid to guarantee the rights of people with intellectual disabilities as a two-day World Mental Health Summit opened in Paris on Tuesday (5 October).
Agrifood 01-10-2021

French mega-basins project defended by agriculture minister ‘worries’ Commission

The European Commission is worried about a project that aims to build agricultural mega-basins in France's Poitou-Charentes region. While farmers, activists, residents and Green MEPs see it as "water grabbing", French Agriculture Minister Julien Denormandie see it as smart water management.
Data protection 30-09-2021

French privacy watchdog takes action on government fingerprint database issues

The National Commission for Information Technology and Civil Liberties (CNIL) has decided to call the Ministry of the Interior to order after observing several failures in the proper maintenance of the automated fingerprint file (FAED).
Health 30-09-2021

Macron: France to reimburse consultations with psychologists from 2022

French President Emmanuel Macron announced a series of "historic" measures at a conference on mental health and psychiatry on Tuesday (28 September), including the reimbursement of sessions with psychologists subject to medical prescription
Digital & Media 30-09-2021

French senators welcome 4G deployment strategy, bemoan not being involved

The French Senate's Finance Committee on Tuesday (28 September) presented its recommendations on the national strategy for the deployment of 4G in France, highlighting the "substantial progress" in terms of coverage, but also raising a few points of concern. EURACTIV France reports.
Health 24-09-2021

French club Monaco to feed footballers with organic, seasonal veg

The AS Monaco football club launched on Tuesday (21 September) its first vegetable garden, which will be used to feed the players with organic, local and seasonal produce. EURACTIV France reports.
Data protection 23-09-2021

South Korea has proven we can beat Apple and Google, vice president of Match Group says

As Google and Apple are coming under attack from all sides for the power they wield over app developers, the debate is also raging in France and the European tech, particularly as the EU's landmark Digital Markets Act approaches.
Digital & Media 23-09-2021

Galvanised French tech sector eyes capitalisation heavy-weights

France presented its shining performance and ambitious plans to stay at the top of the tech industry for years to come in front of French and European tech players at France Digital Day on Wednesday (22 September) in Paris. EURACTIV France reports.
Coronavirus 22-09-2021

Big Pharma preventing vaccine access to low-income countries, says Amnesty report

In low-income countries, the fully vaccinated account for less than 1% of the population compared to the 55% fully vaccinated in rich countries, according to a report published by Amnesty International on Wednesday (22 September), which accuses pharmaceutical companies of obstructing access to vaccines. EURACTIV France reports. 
Health 16-09-2021

MEPs vow to strengthen role of EU’s agency on infectious diseases

EU lawmakers on Wednesday (15 September) adopted by a large majority the proposal to extend the mandate of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
Health 15-09-2021

France: mandatory vaccination for caregivers ‘risks destabilising health structures’, nursing union says

From (Wednesday (15 September) on, health institutions staff in France will have to present a vaccination certificate to be allowed to practise. But the move is perceived as a threat by the already understaffed medical and paramedical branch.
Data protection 14-09-2021

France’s parliament considers use of drones by police, again

French members of parliament will start examining on Tuesday (14 September) a bill on criminal responsibility and internal security, intended to provide a long-awaited legal framework for the use of drones by law enforcement agencies.
Agrifood 13-09-2021

Macron announces new French crop insurance scheme

French President Emmanuel Macron has promised to create a new crop insurance system, with a budget of €600 million per year, which will be simpler, faster and more efficient.
Agrifood 13-09-2021

COVID highlights need for EU to regulate wildlife trafficking

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the need to regulate the trade in live wild animals, who could carry viruses. In Europe, the lack of regulation on this subject represents a major health risk.

Macron to push for pesticide phase-out during EU presidency stint

France will push for "an accelerated phase-out of pesticides" at the EU level when it takes on the rotating EU Council Presidency in January 2022, President Emmanuel Macron told the World Conservation Congress which opened in Marseille this week
Cybersecurity 08-09-2021

ProtonMail slams French tactics following backlash on climate activist case

Encrypted email service ProtonMail has come under fire after it gave the IP address of a climate activist to the Swiss judiciary at the request of the French police. The company said it had no other choice and criticised France's tactics to obtain the information. EURACTIV France reports.
Digital & Media 07-09-2021

Blockchain might be the solution to the digital identity hurdle

The European Commission proposed before the summer an EU-wide framework to enable all EU citizens to have a digital identity but it did not urge countries to use blockchain in the process, although the technology seems quite fitting