About: Jean Castex

Elections 16-05-2022

Radical Left refuses to join Mélenchon’s left-wing bloc over EU stance

France's Radical Left Party will not take part in the new 'united left' group set up by Jean-Luc Mélenchon's La France Insoumise, the party's president, Guillaume Lacroix, said, citing concerns over the alliance's EU stance. EURACTIV France reports.
Elections 05-05-2022

Macron stalls on prime minister nomination

French President Emmanuel Macron is not expected to name the next prime minister before the end of next week although he is already being officially sworn in for a second term on Saturday (7 May), as several prominent figures have reportedly already turned down the job.

Macron on the lookout for France’s first ‘climate’ prime minister

Re-elected President Emmanuel Macron will, as promised, soon name his new Prime Minister in charge of "ecological planning", though with the legislative election just around the corner, the cards could soon be reshuffled. EURACTIV France reports.
Elections 14-04-2022

French PM travels to La Réunion to rally support for Macron

Prime Minister Jean Castex will pay a two-day visit to France's overseas territory at Réunion island on 14-15 April in an attempt to rally support for President Emmanuel Macron, after most islanders voted for the far-left candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon in the first round.
Elections 14-04-2022

Macron faces battle to convince green and radical-left voters

Ahead of the final run-off on 24 April, French President Emmanuel Macron is trying to attract voters who supported the far-left candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon and Green Yannick Jadot in the first round, yet his approach sometimes borders on greenwashing. 
Elections 02-03-2022

Ukraine crisis used as political tool in French election race

Russia's invasion of Ukraine has become a heated talking point amongst French presidential candidates, who are racing to position themselves on the crisis in the lead up to the polls. EURACTIV France reports.
Energy 07-02-2022

France to invest €5.6bn to decarbonise industry

A total of €5.6 billion will be allocated to decarbonising industry as part of the France 2030 plan, French Prime Minister Jean Castex announced on Friday (4 February) during a visit to the ArcelorMittal site in Dunkirk. EURACTIV France reports.
Coronavirus 07-12-2021

France to adopt new ‘not so disproportionate’ health measures

France will adopt a series of health restrictions without resorting to "disproportionate measures", according to an announcement made at a press conference on Monday evening (6 December) by Prime Minister Jean Castex and Health Minister Olivier Véran.

France rejects joint Channel border patrols with UK

French Prime Minister Jean Castex told his British counterpart Boris Johnson that the UK held "a large part of the solution" to the Channel migrant crisis and rejected the idea of joint border patrols, according to a leaked letter.

France to offer Johnson EU deal on migrants

France's Prime Minister Jean Castex is preparing to write to British counterpart Boris Johnson with proposals for a new post-Brexit deal on migration with the EU after the disaster in the Channel last week, a minister announced.
Energy 16-09-2021

France to boost energy vouchers as consumer bills rise

French government is considering extending the benefit of energy vouchers to more households to ease the cost of rising energy bills, the government's spokesman Gabriel Attal said on Wednesday (15 September).
Coronavirus 12-07-2021

France to make COVID-19 jab compulsory for healthcare professionals

The French government has said it will make the COVID-19 jab compulsory for the healthcare sector and other professionals this week on the back of ongoing debate over mandatory vaccination for healthcare workers elsewhere in the EU. EURACTIV France reports.
Railways 21-05-2021

France hops on night train craze, reopens Paris-Nice line

The Paris-Nice night train - which is both cheaper and more environmentally friendly than the conventional train - reopened on Thursday with French Prime Minister Jean Castex on board. EURACTIV France reports.
Technology 30-04-2021

French PM: government bodies must facilitate public data access

French Prime Minister Jean Castex reminded the government services on Tuesday (27 April) of the "strategic" importance of an "ambitious" public data policy and urged them to get "personally" involved in facilitating third-party access to their data. EURACTIV France reports.
Technology 12-04-2021

French politicians turn to Twitch in hope of connecting with youth

French Prime Minister Jean Castex and former president François Hollande are among a number of French politicians to broadcast live interviews on Twitch in recent months, with the video streaming platform being seen as a way to reconnect with disaffected youth. EURACTIV France reports.
Health 19-03-2021

EU countries resume AstraZeneca jabs after ‘safe’ verdict

Leading EU countries said Thursday (18 March) they would resume AstraZeneca vaccinations after the European medical regulator said the jab is "safe and effective" and not associated with a higher blood clot risk after days of commotion around the shot.
Health 15-03-2021

Problems pile up on AstraZeneca as Irish, Dutch halt shots

Ireland and the Netherlands on Sunday (14 March) became the latest countries to suspend their rollouts of the AstraZeneca vaccine over concerns about post-jab blood clots despite the firm insisting there was no risk.
Data protection 01-10-2020

COVID-19: an excuse for increased digital surveillance?

To monitor the spread of the new coronavirus, EU member states have taken additional surveillance measures at the expense of fundamental rights. EURACTIV France reports.
Economy & Jobs 03-09-2020

French economic recovery plan ‘resonates strongly’ with German and EU plan

French Prime Minister Jean Castex unveiled on Thursday (3 September) a detailed national economic recovery plan amounting to €100 billion over two years. The plan is in line with those drawn up by Berlin and the European Commission, according to the head of the influential French think tank IDDRI. EURACTIV France reports.
Coronavirus 28-08-2020

European nations beef up virus measures to combat surge

Major European nations France, Germany and Spain announced tougher infection control measures Thursday (27 August), joining the ranks of countries battling an increase of coronavirus cases.
Future EU 09-07-2020

Coronavirus, pension reform and more – what France’s new PM has said so far

France's new prime minister, Jean Castex, shed some new light on his government team, coronavirus, pensions and unemployment insurance reform in just his second interview since his appointment on 3 July. EURACTIV's partner, Ouest-France reports.
Politics 07-07-2020

French government reshuffle: Environment to be key priority

France's post-municipal election reshuffle was announced on Monday (6 July) by the Secretary-General of the Elysée Palace, Alexis Kohler. The new Prime Minister Jean Castex from conservative party Les Républicains (LR) confirms his right-wing orientation while signalling he will put the environment at the centre of his priorities. EURACTIV France reports.