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EU Priorities 2020 15-01-2014

Hollande brings Europe back to top of France’s priority list

European issues occupied a great deal of François Hollande’s long-awaited speech to the press yesterday (14 January), with the restart of the EU's Franco-German engine and strengthened fiscal and social convergence in the eurozone at the centre of the French president's reform agenda. reports.

Elections 15-01-2014

Defiance against the EU reaches record levels in France: Poll

Trust in national and European institutions has hit a record-low in France, according to a recent poll, leading to a feeling of “gloom” among a growing number of citizens, and perhaps even a rise in support for the reinstatement of the death penalty, EURACTIV France reports.

French senators strongly attack EU-US trade deal

During a debate in the French Senate, all political parties harshly criticised the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), but the French government defended the potential deal, EURACTIV France reports.

EU Priorities 2020 09-01-2014

French opposition leader U-turns, supports Barnier in Commission bid

The leader of the French opposition has for the first time publicly claimed his support for the current EU internal market commissioner, Michel Barnier, to lead the European centre-right at the next EU elections. reports.

Agrifood 08-01-2014

Social issues divide France and Germany on agriculture

The German Minister of Agriculture paid a visit to his French counterpart in Paris yesterday (7 January) in a show of unity between the two sides. But divisions remain deep on social dumping, an issue that is expected to become hotter in France as the EU elections approach. reports.

Euro & Finance 06-01-2014

Paris wants to remove Bermuda and Jersey from tax haven list

France has decided to remove Jersey and Bermuda from its tax haven blacklist as they have been cooperative in sharing fiscal information. EURACTIV France reports.

Euro & Finance 03-01-2014

Paris ponders betting on Barnier for top EU job

Germany and France have already sketched out the future division of jobs in the EU institution, but Germany appears to be at an advantage. EURACTIV France reports.

Trade & Society 16-12-2013

MEPs question Le Pen’s legitimacy on posted workers

The French far-right has called for an abolition of the posted workers directive, but other French MEPs question the move saying Front National leader Marine Le Pen never tabled a single amendment on the matter during the parliamentary debates. EURACTIV France reports.

Agrifood 06-12-2013

Cereal producers are the big losers of the CAP ‘à la française’

French cereal producers claim the reformed CAP will create competition distortions in Europe, especially with German farmers, who will receive more subsidies. However, they should be able to secure compensation with a plan to raise the share of biodiesel to 7% of the total content of transport fuels sold on the continent. reports.

Trade & Society 02-12-2013

Paris pushes EU-wide minimum wage in crusade against social dumping

The newly agreed minimum wage in Germany may not be implemented before 2017. Yet it is crucial for limiting social dumping, according to the French government, which announced a new offensive against low-cost workers ahead of next year's European Parliament elections.

Euro & Finance 29-11-2013

France dragging its feet on EU tax-evasion fight

France has been a vocal supporter of EU attempts to fight tax evasion but is dragging its feet when it comes to transposing a crucial EU fiscal directive. reports.

Climate change 26-11-2013

French website to collect all scientific data on CO2 emissions

A one-stop scientific website bringing together worldwide relevant data on climate change was launched in France last week (20 November), with the hope of contributing to the fight against global warming.