About: France

There is no real ‘European foreign policy’, says former EU diplomat

The EU does not have a real 'European foreign policy' because every country works on its own and member states do not want to give full responsibility to the EU's High Representative, a former senior French and EU diplomat told EURACTIV Slovakia in an interview.
EU Elections 2019 12-06-2019

Single EU Parliament seat should be in Strasbourg, says official

In an interview with EURACTIV France, the president of Strasbourg's city council and task force lead defending the European Parliament's Alsace HQ, spoke about the so-called single seat issue. Frédéric Bierry highlighted the economic benefits for Germany, as well as the preference of MEPs and European officials to live in the city.
Future EU 28-03-2019

Hollande warns of ‘a Europe that stops moving forward’

France's former president, François Hollande, has given his two centimes on Europe during a discussion with high school students. An interview from our partner, Ouest-France.
EU Elections 2019 19-03-2019

Pascal Durand: ‘Sometimes you have to fight behind enemy lines’

The European election campaign will see French Green Party representative Pascal Durand joining forces with President Macron’s La République En Marche (LREM), a party not exactly known for its ecological sensitivity. EURACTIV France reports.

EU counter-terrorism chief: Europe ‘may see something like Daesh 2.0’

The level of terrorist threat remains "pretty serious" in several EU countries, Gilles de Kerchove, the EU's counter-terrorism coordinator, told EURACTIV.com in an interview hours before the latest attack in Strasbourg on Tuesday night (12 December).
Electricity 26-10-2017

Nuclear agency chief: Small reactors ‘might be a game-changer’ for Europe

The political climate for nuclear energy is "not very positive" in Europe, admits William D. Magwood, and the industry is currently shifting towards Russia and Asia as a result. But the emergence of small modular reactors (SMR) built in factories might slow down the process, he argues.
Central Europe 07-09-2017

Zahradil: Visegrád must be firm vis-à-vis Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron is applying a divide and rule strategy against the Visegrád Group, Czech lawmaker Jan Zahradil told EURACTIV.cz.
Economy & Jobs 13-07-2017

Macron: Germany is competitive thanks to eurozone weaknesses

Ahead of Thursday’s (13 July) Franco-German Ministerial Council, Friday’s Bastille Day celebrations and Donald Trump’s visit to Paris, President Emmanuel Macron spoke to EURACTIV’s partner Ouest-France about Europe's future, and France’s relations with the US.

Endocrine disruptors: EU definition contains ‘too many exemptions and loopholes’

After years in the pipeline, an EU-wide definition of endocrine disruptors was finally approved by member states on 4 July. But MEP Pascal Durand told EURACTIV’s partner Ouest-France he is concerned the definition does not respect the precautionary principle.
Development Policy 12-06-2017

After Brexit, Europe must take the lead on development aid

The loss of the United Kingdom, one of Europe’s biggest aid donors, will force the EU to strengthen its development action. In France, the election of Emmanuel Macron could give development policy a much-needed boost, Rémy Rioux said in an interview with EURACTIV France.
Elections 16-05-2017

Cédric Villani: ‘Germany is aware of how much it owes Macron’

Emmanuel Macron’s election victory has allayed German fears of Frexit. This should help to oil the wheels of cooperation between the EU’s power couple, Cédric Villani said in an interview with EURACTIV France.
Politics 03-05-2017

French researcher: Hollande could have been much ‘more proactive’

A failure on domestic issues, but a success on security. Or at least more so. As the second and final round of the French presidential elections is about to take place, Christian Lequesne spoke to EURACTIV Slovakia about François Hollande's legacy.
Development Policy 14-04-2017

French development chief: ‘SDGs apply to France in same way as Burkina Faso’

Development agencies have to change their dualist approach to Africa, as it does not correspond to the reality the continent is facing, the head of the French Development Agency told EURACTIV France.
Future EU 27-03-2017

Prodi: Multi-speed Europe is an opportunity for France to step up

Sixty years after the Treaty of Rome, France’s role in Europe is more important than ever, former Italian Prime Minister and European Commission President Romano Prodi said in an interview with EURACTIV’s partner Ouest-France.
Future EU 16-03-2017

Pulse of Europe: Something new could emerge from EU ‘ruins’

The Pulse of Europe initiative is trying, and succeeding, to get more people interested in European issues. Its founder, Daniel Röder, spoke to EURACTIV Germany about what could happen if France left the EU, populism and member state failures.

Economic governance 14-03-2017

French economist: ‘German trade surplus responsible for eurozone inequity’

The economic imbalances of the eurozone are undermining citizens’ confidence in the European project. Cutting Germany’s trade surplus could help redress the balance, Jérôme Creel said in an interview with EURACTIV France.
Agrifood 02-03-2017

Phil Hogan: ‘EU wants to help farmers negotiate good prices’

Phil Hogan, the European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Affairs, attended the Paris International Agriculture Show on Thursday (2 March), to reassure French farmers that the EU executive is fighting their corner. Hogan spoke to EURACTIV’s partner Ouest-France reports.
Brexit 23-01-2017

BuzzFeed editor: Brexit calls for European media cooperation

BuzzFeed UK Europe Editor Alberto Nardelli advocates for more translation and localisation of media content, as well as more cooperation to balance out the often biased English-speaking press.
Global Europe 20-01-2017

Attali: Europe is world’s biggest power but does not recognise it

Other world powers would be happy to see the EU fall apart. A defence union would stop this from happening and prevent Europe sliding back into conflict, Jacques Attali said in an interview with EURACTIV.com.
Global Europe 18-01-2017

Russian activist: If Putin regains Ukraine, the Baltics are next

Vladimir Putin's strategy is to install pro-Moscow politicians in Ukraine. If Europe consents, his next stop will be the Baltic countries, with NATO incapable of defending them, which will put an end to the organisation, Ilya Yashin told EURACTIV.com in an exclusive interview.
Euro & Finance 17-01-2017

Moscovici: Progress on deficit reduction must not be reversed

Pierre Moscovici spoke to EURACTIV's partner Ouest-France about France's left-wing primary, the impact of Donald Trump's election, the 3% deficit rule, the Commission's March white paper and the importance of the euro.
Global Europe 16-01-2017

French Space Agency chief: ‘Galileo will guarantee our independence’

Jean-Yves Le Gall, the head of the French Space Agency (CNES), spoke to EURACTIV's partner Ouest-France about Galileo, Europe's competitor to GPS that has just come online.
Future EU 21-12-2016

Hubert Védrine: ‘European elites showed disdain for the people’

For the Europhile elites, accepting that the people want to keep a certain identity, sovereignty and security is unthinkable, Hubert Védrine told EURACTIV’s partner Ouest-France. To save the European idea, the EU should take a formal pause and reconnect with its citizens, he argues.
Euro & Finance 14-12-2016

OFCE’s Timbeau: A high carbon tax would help end economic stagnation

EU leaders should see public debt reduction as a long-term challenge and not be afraid of making investments for the future. Cutting debts quickly can increase unemployment and make a country worse off, Xavier Timbeau told EURACTIV France.

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