EURACTIV France

French residents oppose housing project due to heavily polluted land plots

The French senate is set to debate an inquiry committee report on soil pollution on Wednesday (13 January) after residents of the Ormes district in the Paris Commune of Romainville opposed a housing project on a very polluted plot of land, . EURACTIV France reports.  
Brexit 07-01-2021

France’s Brittany Ferries in dire straits due to double Brexit/COVID whammy

After Brexit and the global pandemic, a new variant of the coronavirus ravaging the UK has dealt a fresh blow to the emblematic French shipping company Brittany Ferries, which now hopes for help from the French government. EURACTIV France reports.
Climate change 16-12-2020

Macron and the citizens’ convention divided on climate issues

French President Emmanuel Macron spoke with members of the Citizens' Climate Convention on Monday (14 December). Although his announcement of a potential referendum on climate and environment made a lot of noise, the heated debate revealed continuing tensions between citizens and the executive. EURACTIV France reports.
Future of mobility 15-12-2020

French cycling route receives EU funds for being ’emissions-free’

The ViaRhôna, a green and heritage-filled 815-kilometre long cycling route in southeast France, has received more than €2 million in EU funds during the 2014-2020 budget period  because of its environmental component. EURACTIV France reports.
Climate change 09-12-2020

Five years on from Paris: Can US return to the climate scene provide impetus?

After four years of unravelling climate-friendly laws and regulations by the Trump administration, President-elect Joe Biden announced the US's return to the Paris Accord, accompanied by a battery of measures. EURACTIV France looks at what to expect from the return of the world's second largest CO2 emitter.
Health 04-12-2020

French football clubs and food banks partner up to tackle food waste

Although sporting events generate large amounts of food waste, French football clubs have found a solution: cooperating with food banks. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 02-12-2020

Study: Micropollutants have ‘significant potential impact’ on water ecosystems, human health

A study carried out by the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRAE) into micropollutants at the exit of wastewater treatment plants has concluded, once again, that despite a lack of comprehensive data, their impact on the environment remains undeniable. EURACTIV France reports.

French task force leader: ‘Radicalisation is not an ideology’

"Our brain naturally links radicalisation to a religious ideology such as Islamism," Fadila Leturcq tells EURACTIV France. Before being an ideology, however, "radicalisation is a process that concerns other forms of political radicalisation, as was the case in New Zealand for example," said Leturcq, who co-chairs a radicalisation task force set up by the Institute for Advanced National Defence Studies (IHEDN). EURACTIV France reports.
Non-discrimination 23-11-2020

France’s ‘feminist diplomacy’: lots of talk, little action

The term 'feminist diplomacy' used by France since 2018 remains unclear, according to a report by the country's High Council on Gender Equality presented to the government on 18 November. EURACTIV France reports.

French court gives government three months to prove effective climate policy

France's highest legal body ruled on Thursday (19 November) that the government has three months to explain its "greenhouse gas emission reduction path". EURACTIV France reports.

The EU’s imported deforestation problem – a closer look

Forestry policy was on the agenda for Europe's agriculture ministers on Monday, which made for a heated debate since Europeans are, through their lifestyles, contributing to massive deforestation worldwide. EURACTIV France reports.
Climate change 13-11-2020

French graduates launch alumni network to fight climate change

It is in the interest of everyone, including the business world, to be committed to the environment, according to "Alumni for the Planet", a unique collective launched in France on Thursday (12 November) that aims to gather French graduates in the fight against climate change. EURACTIV France reports.
Economy & Jobs 09-11-2020

Hunger-striking MEP wants more EU money for health, climate and jobs

In an unprecedented move, French MEP and general rapporteur for the 2021 budget, Pierre Larrouturou, begins his 13th day of hunger strike on Monday (9 November). His objective: to achieve more resources for health, climate and employment by taxing financial transactions. EURACTIV France reports.
Economy & Jobs 03-11-2020

Job market integration: pandemic puts disadvantaged at greater risk

The COVID-19 health crisis makes it even more difficult for disadvantaged people, who already have a hard time in normal times, to be integrated into the labour market. Could a paradigm shift be the solution? EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 27-10-2020

Spirulina: latest trend or future food?

After France's National Assembly discussed its "National Strategy on Plant Proteins for Human and Animal Nutrition" on Monday (26 October), EURACTIV France reports on spirulina, a high-protein food and favourite among the French that can help combat malnutrition.
Non-discrimination 23-10-2020

French McDonalds employees give ‘chilling’ testimonies of discrimination and harassment

Though Mcdonalds' French ad campaign continues to be 'Come as you are', 114 employee testimonials collected recently in France tell a different story. They include racism, sexism, harassment and even sexual violence. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 22-10-2020

French MPs divided over green transition in CAP compromise

As EU agriculture ministers reached an agreement on Wednesday (21 October) on the post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), French MPs reacted differently to the CAP's green transition. EURACTIV France reports.
Economy & Jobs 13-10-2020

UK no longer top Erasmus destination for students

While some of the effects of Brexit are still difficult to assess, the Erasmus+ university exchange programme has already suffered the consequences. EURACTIV France reports.
Energy 07-10-2020

France’s ‘imported emissions’ are 70% higher than domestic CO2 output, report finds

To fall in line with the Paris Agreement and limit global warming to 1.5°C, France's imported emissions should fall by 65% by 2050, according to the latest report by the country's High Climate Council published on Tuesday (6 October). EURACTIV France reports.
Data protection 01-10-2020

COVID-19: an excuse for increased digital surveillance?

To monitor the spread of the new coronavirus, EU member states have taken additional surveillance measures at the expense of fundamental rights. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 30-09-2020

Rewarding farmers for ecological services could help protect biodiversity

As the World Summit on Biodiversity opens on Wednesday (30 September), new measures to halt its decline are being discussed, including the concept of payments for environmental services, which is currently widely debated in France and Europe. EURACTIV France reports.
Non-discrimination 22-09-2020

Gender equality: How post-COVID economic recovery programmes took a step back

With domestic violence and health issues having affected French women more than men during the COVID-19 health crisis, the economic consequences of the pandemic have also impacted the country's employment sector and have widened the gender inequality gap. EURACTIV France reports.
Climate change 16-09-2020

EU institutions caught in crossfire over Just Transition Fund

The European Parliament will vote on Tuesday and Wednesday (15-16 September) on the Just Transition Fund. But this mechanism, initially designed to finance the social aspects of the transition to a low-carbon economy, has now been extended to finance gas projects. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 15-09-2020

France unlocks €100 million to develop its plant-based protein production

The French government intends to allocate €100 million to develop the country's plant-based protein production. The decision, however, is based more on commercial rather than environmental concerns. EURACTIV France reports.
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