Cécile Barbière for EURACTIV.fr in Paris

Euro & Finance 07-03-2014

Brussels rings French deficit alarm

The European Commission has issued a warning about imbalances in France's economy. But an excessive budget deficit threatens to expose the country to first-time sanctions.

Paris wants national permits for GM maize

France is trying to modify EU legislation on the authorisation of GMOs, but the process is all but smooth.
Technology 17-02-2014

European Court of Justice allows free use of hyperlinks

The European Court of Justice has ruled in favour of the free use of hyperlinks to online articles but the issue of remuneration remains open.
Development Policy 13-02-2014

French MPs strengthen development aid policy

The French parliament adopted the first law on development aid and international solidarity this week (10 February) and is expected bring back to the fore the debate on French assistance to developing countries.
Development Policy 05-02-2014

French aid transparency more successful in second round

After some hurdles, France has relaunched its website dedicated to the transparency of development aid in Mali.

Maltese EU citizenship sale angers MEPs

Malta’s decision to sell passports, hence European citizenship, for €650,000 to non-EU residents, without any prerequisite whatsoever, not even residence in Malta, has angered MEPs, who debated the issue Wednesday (15 January).
EU Elections 2014 15-01-2014

Schulz explains Europe to Paris suburb school kids

The president of the European parliament, accompanied by his French counterpart, paid a visit to high school students in the Parisian suburbs of Seine-Saint-Denis, where abstention at EU elections hit record low levels in 2009.

France moves ahead on posted workers without waiting for EU

As the EU elections approach, France is pressing ahead to strengthen safeguards against the abuse of low-cost foreign workers within Europe, without waiting for the European institutions to hammer out the final text of the revised EU Posted Workers Directive.
Europe's East 13-01-2014

French bash EU for failed Ukraine deal

Since negotiations between the EU and Ukraine collapsed in November, criticism in France about the way the talks were handled is starting to get louder, EURACTIV France reports.
Development Policy 07-01-2014

Niger and France reach impasse on uranium talks

Negotiations between Niger and the French nuclear energy conglomerate Areva have hardened as the two sides seek to reach an agreement on uranium extraction in the Western African country. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Development Policy 13-12-2013

French government approves new legal framework for development aid

The French government has adopted a draft law outlining development aid policy priorities but failed to clarify how it will be financed.
Technology 06-12-2013

EU challenges US hegemony in global internet governance

French lawmakers, supported by the EU's Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes, are pressing the European Union to stand up more firmly against American domination in cyberspace.

France reaffirms opposition to shale gas exploration

French Environment Minister Philippe Martin reiterated his government’s strong opposition to the exploitation of shale gas, despite a parliamentary report advocating more flexibility towards unconventional gas.
Technology 21-11-2013

European Central Bank concerned over mobile payments security

The ever growing innovation on the mobile payments market, from contactless cards to digital wallets, has attracted the attention of the European Central Bank (ECB), which has launched a public consultation on mobile payments security for all involved stakeholders. EURACTIV France reports.
Economy & Jobs 21-11-2013

Erasmus+ wants to reach beyond university students

A new and updated version of the European exchange programme will be accessible to more people and receive a 40% budget increase. EURACTIV France reports.

France looks for EU allies in fight against low-cost workers

The French government is seeking support to tackle social dumping by revising the EU posted workers directive but its efforts are meeting with firm opposition from the UK and Eastern European countries.
Development Policy 05-11-2013

France to cancel more debt for the world’s poorest countries

Foreign debt cancellations are expected to reach new highs in France's 2014 development aid budget, with Somalia, Zimbabwe, Chad, Ivory Coast and Sudan in line for a complete deletion of their national debt.

French Greens prepare for 2015 UN climate conference in Paris

The French Greens have called on European countries to adopt a unified stance at the 2015 UN climate conference, underlining the importance of supporting Poland in its energy transition.

Minimum wage issue resurfaces in Paris election debate

Proposals for a continental minimum wage and jobs-creation dominated the first of a series of European Parliament panel debates in Paris on Tuesday (15 October), as EU-wide elections approach. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Global Europe 15-10-2013

MEP: Dublin II migrant law is killing European solidarity

In an interview with EURACTIV France, French MEP Veronique Mathieu Houillon has called on EU member states to revise the Dublin II regulation, so that it states which member states are responsible for asylum claims.

Parliament pressures Commission for better meat origin labelling

MEPs have sent a letter to Health Commissioner Tonio Borg asking for better meat origin labelling but the EU executive's position remains unclear.
Development Policy 09-10-2013

Green Climate Fund meets amid cash problems

The board of the Green Climate Fund meets in Paris this week to help developing countries adapt to climate change and reduce emissions. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Development Policy 08-10-2013

French website sheds light on development aid to Mali

A new website launched by the French government aims to improve the transparency of development aid money given to Mali but has attracted harsh criticism for failing to comply with international standards. EURACTIV.fr reports.
EU Elections 2014 19-09-2013

French centrists mull EPP walkout

Jean Arthuis, a leading centrist French senator from the Union of Democrats and Independents (UDI), told EURACTIV.fr that his party feels closer to the Liberal ALDE group in the European Parliament, signalling a potential departure from the centre-right European People's Party (EPP).