About: France

France’s weapons exports see sharp increase on European market

France's arms sales in 2018 were worth €9.118 billion, up 30% compared to 2017. Exports to European countries are seeing a strong increase, according to the French Ministry for Armed Forces. EURACTIV's partner Brussels2.eu reports.
Climate change 13-06-2019

Campaigners denounce France’s ‘double-speak’ on climate

Major long-term climate ambitions proposed in Brussels contrast with the French government's constant back-pedalling at the domestic level. This is demonstrated by the current debate surrounding France's energy and climate bill. EURACTIV France reports.

France dumps 11,200 tonnes of plastic in the Mediterranean every year

600,000 tonnes of plastic are being dumped by 22 countries in the Mediterranean Sea every year, of which 11,200 tonnes come from France. EURACTIV's partner La Tribune reports.
EU Elections 2019 06-06-2019

Macron’s call for an ‘équipe de France’ in EU Parliament shot down

French left-wing and environmentalist MEPs have decided not to attend a meeting organised by the French government. They are refusing to support its call for an "équipe de France" in the European Parliament as it would mean siding with MEPs of Marine Le Pen's Rassemblement national. EURACTIV France reports.
Transport 06-06-2019

Fiat-Chrysler withdraws Renault merger offer

Fiat-Chrysler's (FCA) $35 billion-plus merger offer to Renault fell apart only 10 days after being made public, with both companies' shares falling sharply in early trading on Thursday (6 June). FCA blamed French politicians for the collapse.
Climate change 06-06-2019

Why France’s Total will not sponsor the Olympics in Paris

Although it has not yet made its decision public, France's oil company Total will not be a partner of the 2024 Paris Olympics. EURACTIV's partner La Tribune reports.

Plastic production on the rise worldwide but slowing in Europe

While the global production of plastics is increasing, it is slowing down in Europe, according to PlasticsEurope, the leading pan-European association of plastics manufacturers. EURACTIV's partner le Journal de l'Environnement reports.
Economy & Jobs 05-06-2019

Global growth continues to weaken, World Bank report confirms

After the IMF and the OECD, the World Bank has also cut its 2019 growth forecasts. Uncertainties over trade and investment are at the root of this slowdown, which is also affecting the eurozone. EURACTIV France reports.
Global Europe 05-06-2019

World leaders gather in south England to remember D-Day

World leaders gather on the coast of southern England on Wednesday (5 June) to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the largest seaborne invasion in history and a feat that helped bring World War Two to an end.
Brexit 04-06-2019

Macron accepts ‘bad guy’ role in Brexit talks

French President Emmanuel Macron said Monday (3 June) that he fully accepted his "bad guy" role in insisting on a shorter extension to Britain's tortuous exit from the EU, while insisting that 31 October is the "final, final deadline."
Economy & Jobs 04-06-2019

IMF urges France to step up reforms to rein in debt

The International Monetary Fund on Monday (3 June) warned France that its public debt is "too high for comfort", calling on the nation to tackle the issue by stepping up spending reforms.

France orders fast food chains to quickly sort their waste

Fifteen fast food chains are being ordered by France's Ecological Transition ministry to sort their waste in at least 70% of their restaurants by the end of 2019. This has been a legal obligation since 1 July 2016. EURACTIV's partner le Journal de l'Environnement reports.
Competition 03-06-2019

French economy ministry wants to overhaul EU competition policies

The French Ministry of Economy wants to change competition practices and trade policy in Europe. Its proposals also aim to tackle new digital conglomerates. EURACTIV France reports.
Railways 03-06-2019

Elections reignite France-Italy rail tunnel debate

Election results on either side of the Alps have further complicated an already complex and controversial railway project between France and Italy, as political allegiances and support for the tunnel have shifted. A proposed 270km-long train link between Lyon and...
Elections 03-06-2019

France’s centre-right party leader steps down after poor EU election results

The leader of France's centre-right opposition Les Républicains political party Laurent Wauquiez said on Sunday (2 June) he will quit as the party's president after it recorded its lowest score ever in last week's European parliament elections.
EU Elections 2019 31-05-2019

Post-Brexit Parliament: Winners and losers

Brexit is set to change the shape of the new European Parliament, as seats will be redistributed among the remaining 27 member states in November if the current deadline is respected. Here are some of the winners and losers.
Road safety 31-05-2019

EU countries tinker with laws of the road

Speed limit tweaks and fines for distracted drivers are under consideration in various parts of Europe, as countries ponder different ways to regulate road traffic and make it safer.
Electricity 29-05-2019

France and Ireland tap up EU for €667m to build power link

The leaders of France and Ireland asked European Commission boss Jean-Claude Juncker on Tuesday (28 May) to back their request for over half a billion euros in energy project funding, which would be earmarked to 'Brexit-proof' Ireland's power needs.
EU Elections 2019 27-05-2019

Traditional French parties experience defeat

The two main political groups in the European Parliament are losing ground but will remain the powerhouses in the new assembly. However, the traditional political forces on both the right and the left collapsed in France during the European elections. EURACTIV France reports.

Europe hit by green wave

The mobilisation of young people for climate change is accompanied by a growing sense of climate urgency, which was reflected at the ballot boxes in several European countries on Sunday (26 May). EURACTIV France reports.
EU Elections 2019 26-05-2019

France posts surprising results in the European elections

In France, President Emmanuel Macron's party failed to defeat Marine Le Pen’s far-right Rassemblement National. Surprisingly, the Greens became the third largest French force in the new European Parliament. EURACTIV France reports.
EU Elections 2019 24-05-2019

French far-right tops poll, EU vote turns into Le Pen/Macron duel

Support in France has risen for both Marine Le Pen’s far-right party and President Emmanuel Macron’s candidates three days before voting in the European parliament elections, an opinion poll showed.
EU Elections 2019 23-05-2019

France’s ‘yellow vests’: Noisy, but not an electoral force

At the beginning of the year, some polls showed a united "yellow vest" party could scoop up as much as 13% of votes amid widespread public sympathy for their cause of lowering taxes and helping the struggling working poor. But nothing similar is likely to happen.
EU Elections 2019 22-05-2019

French party programmes for the EU elections are full of ‘surprises’

French party programmes for the upcoming European elections contain proposals that are sometimes far-fetched, even unrealistic. So far, all parties have managed to be off-topic. EURACTIV France reports.

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