Paris has long backed the idea of an across-the-board harmonisation of EU member states' tax systems. According to French government advisors, this must begin by a common tax base for the European banking sector, EURACTIV France reports.
Revelations of fraud from Jérôme Lavrilleux, Nicolas Sarkozy's former campaigner turned MEP, have sparked controversy within the UMP. The future of the newly elected legislator is now uncertain. EURACTIV France reports.
Despite the expected record low turnout for the European elections and the chronic disinterest for the EU, participation rates in some of the larger EU countries, such as France and Germany, are actually higher than in 2009.
The European Court of Auditors has criticised financial setbacks and delays of the new Schengen Information System, a border control software that has cost eight times more than its initial budget. EURACTIV France reports.
Candidates for France's northwest constituency - from the Greens to the National Front- debated their programmes earlier this month in the northern city of Arras, offering clashing visions of French politics and society one month ahead of the European elections. EURACTIV France reports.
The far-right remains in the lead to win the European elections in France, according to a recent opinion poll, the second in the past six months that puts Marine Le Pen's party in pole position. EURACTIV France reports.