About: France

Macron calls for ‘true European army’ to defend against Russia, US, China

French President Emmanuel Macron called on Tuesday (6 November) for a "real European army" to allow the bloc to defend itself against Russia and even the United States, a hugely sensitive idea amongst EU nations which jealously guard their defence.
Agrifood 06-11-2018

French financial support for organic farming lagging behind

Financial assistance for French organic farming has accrued more than two years of delays, organic farmers have filed complaints with the French human rights defender and hope that the state will renew the existing cash advances. EURACTIV France’s media partner the Journal de l’environnement reports.
China 31-10-2018

US indicts 10 Chinese over scheme to steal aerospace tech

The United States indicted 10 Chinese, including two intelligence officers, over a five-year scheme to steal technology from US and French aerospace firms by hacking into their computers.
Europe's East 29-10-2018

Rival diplomats to dispute second round of Georgia presidential election

Ex-French diplomat Salome Zurabishvili has taken a slight lead in Georgia's presidential election, seen as a crucial test for the increasingly unpopular ruling party, results showed on Monday (29 October).
Global Europe 25-10-2018

France weighs interests in Khashoggi crisis, Saudi sanctions an option

France said on Wednesday (24 October) it could impose sanctions on Saudi Arabia if its intelligence services find the kingdom was behind the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, even as Paris worked to maintain important business and strategic ties with Riyadh.
Agrifood 12-10-2018

Operation to combat land-grabbing in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region

In order to discourage foreign investors from purchasing hectares of farmland, the “Safer” society and the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region are encouraging MPs to notify them of this in advance. EURACTIV France’s media partner, the Journal de l’environnment reports.
EU Elections 2019 09-10-2018

Italy and France far-right leaders slam Brussels ‘bunker’

Italy and France's far-right leaders launched their European Parliament election campaign on Monday (8 October) with an attack on the "Brussels bunker" they hope to enter en masse after the May vote.
Politics 09-10-2018

France-Italy tensions as ministers meet on immigration

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe urged far-right Italian leader Matteo Salvini on Monday (8 October) to drop his "posturing" on immigration and help find a European response to the issue.
Future EU 02-10-2018

Macron’s ‘En Marche’ kicks off election campaign in Germany

After last week's European election campaign kickoff in France, Macron's "En Marche" aims to drum its electorate against populism in Germany, too. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 01-10-2018

Europe helping Mayotte to reduce its high cost of living

Mayotte, one of the EU’s least developed regions, lies in the middle of the Indian Ocean. EU cohesion policy supports the French department by encouraging local production and trade. EURACTIV France reports.
Climate change 28-09-2018

Canada and EU add climate clause to trade pact

In a move that underscored Donald Trump’s isolation on trade and climate change, the two major economies inserted a reference to the Paris Agreement into CETA. EURACTIV's media partner Climate Home News reports.
Politics 21-09-2018

Le Pen sent to shrink over Islamic State tweets

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen expressed outrage Thursday (21 September) after being ordered to undergo psychiatric tests for tweeting pictures of atrocities committed by the Islamic State group.
Data protection 10-09-2018

Google in France’s firing line as right to be forgotten hearing arrives at ECJ

It may be your right to be forgotten, but that doesn't mean you can't be found. That is the big issue on the cards on Tuesday (11 September) as France's data regulator locks horns with Google in a hearing on the global application of the EU's right to be forgotten ruling.
Digital 07-09-2018

Police raid offices of top French electrical firms in corruption probe

The offices of four of France’s largest electrical goods’ companies were raided by police on Thursday on suspicion of cartel pricing and corruption, a judicial source said.
Electricity 07-09-2018

Germany’s ‘strategic reserves’ for coal under fire in EU Council

A group of seven countries – comprising France, Poland, Italy, Hungary, Greece, Ireland and the UK – have issued a common position on the reform of Europe’s electricity market, saying “strategic reserves” for electricity should not receive favourable treatment from regulators.

France says it must use fewer US parts in its weapons systems

France must cut its dependence on US components in its weapons systems to minimise Washington's ability to block its arms exports, its defence minister said on Thursday (6 September).
Digital 05-09-2018

France hangs up: Mobile phone ban for schools

A new legislation has been passed in France that prohibits the use of mobile phones in the classroom, in a move by the government aimed at combatting distraction and cases of online bullying.
Agrifood 05-09-2018

France ready to intervene in case of new scallop skirmishes

Britain on Tuesday (4 September) said it agreed with France's decision to send its navy to waters in the English Channel where UK and French fishing boats clashed last week over access to scallop-rich waters.
Future EU 05-09-2018

French foreign minister: We no longer want to pay for Poland and Hungary

France does not want to finance a populist Europe, the country's foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has indicated, just as the fight over the EU's new long-term budget begins in earnest. EURACTIV Poland's media partner Gazeta Wyborcza reports.

No country offers ports to migrant ships, angering Italy

Italy demanded on Thursday (30 August) the EU find other ports to disembark migrants rescued in the Mediterranean, suggesting it would withhold support for the EU naval mission against people-smuggling unless other countries take in survivors.

Italy to push EU for reform of ‘Operation Sophia’

Rome will today (30 August) ask the European Union to rotate the ports where migrants rescued at sea disembark, Defence Minister Elisabetta Trenta said, with France and Spain expected to top the list.

Macron’s green record under scrutiny as top minister quits

French President Emmanuel Macron once promised to "make our planet great again", but the shock resignation of his popular environment minister has put his mixed record on green issues under the spotlight.
Brexit 29-08-2018

French and British boats clash in scallop war skirmish

Stone-throwing, insults and dangerous manoeuvres on the high seas: French and British fishermen clashed in the English Channel over a hoard of scallops Tuesday (28 August), the latest flare-up in a years-long war over the prized shellfish.
Politics 28-08-2018

French Environment Minister Hulot quits government, denouncing weight of lobbies

France's Minister of Ecological Transition, Nicolas Hulot, resigned from office, he announced on Tuesday morning (28 August) on French public radio France Inter. EURACTIV.fr reports.