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Elections 20-06-2022

French elections: Environment minister loses seat, position in government

Amélie de Montchalin, France's minister for ecological transition and territorial cohesion since 20 May 2022, was defeated in the parliamentary elections on Sunday (19 June) by a candidate of the new left-wing alliance NUPES, which means she will probably leave the government.
Elections 10-06-2022

Mélenchon revives debate over nuclear’s supposed ‘volatility’ ahead of election

Far-left leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon has reiterated his opposition to nuclear ahead of the first round of the legislative elections this weekend, adding that he will maintain his stance if he gets nominated prime minister. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 06-06-2022

Choosing agroecology is not an option but an obligation, says researcher

Agroecology is the necessary solution to face this problem and generate gains in production, agroecology researcher Xavier Reboud told EURACTIV at a European conference on phasing out of pesticides in Dijon.
Economy & Jobs 01-06-2022

Sovereign debt level causes new political headache in France

While the European Central Bank (ECB) suggests that an increase in interest rates is no longer a taboo subject, the issue of reducing public debt is back on the French political agenda.
Coronavirus 27-05-2022

France’s new health minister to continue tackling long COVID bane

France's new health minister, Brigitte Bourguignon, will continue the fight against long COVID kickstarted by her predecessor, as Brussels recommends part-time work for those with persistent COVID-related symptoms.
Agrifood 25-05-2022

France’s new agri and food minister: a familiar face in the industry

While not very known to the public, Marc Fesneau, who will take over France's renamed Ministry of Agriculture and Food Sovereignty, is respected in the field but has been criticised for his past record on animal welfare. EURACTIV France reports.
Technology 24-05-2022

French tech partially welcomes new government’s digital portfolio

The portfolio of France's new "super economy ministry", while welcomed by tech, does not include a successor to Secretary of State Cédric O, creating uncertainty over whether such an appointment will be made. EURACTIV France reports.
Health 20-05-2022

France’s newly appointed health minister in favour of ‘strengthening’ Europe’s health systems

Brigitte Bourguignon was appointed France's new Minister for Health and Prevention in Elisabeth Borne's government on Friday (20 May). Olivier Véran, who she is succeeding, was appointed Minister Delegate in charge of Relations with Parliament and Democratic Life.
Elections 29-04-2022

France’s traditional right in turmoil ahead of parliamentary vote

France's formerly dominant right-wing party, Les Républicains (LR), will seek "no alliance" with re-elected centrist President Emmanuel Macron before the legislative elections in June, the party decided during a strategic council meeting on Tuesday (26 April). There have been no public statements since then.
Energy 06-04-2022

Solar energy neglected in French candidates’ green transition plans

The development of solar energy is unlikely to change much in France in the next five years, as the presidential candidates have not made it a priority.
Economy & Jobs 05-04-2022

Ukrainian, Russian students in France face woes as war rages on

Ukrainian and Russian students in France face financial woes and find it increasingly difficult to renew their stay as the war in Ukraine impacts them despite them being several thousand kilometres away.
Health 30-03-2022

French presidential candidates unified in calls for mental health care reform

Presidential candidates in the French election race all want to reform the state of mental health care as the country's mental well-being significantly deteriorated because of the pandemic. EURACTIV France reports.

The Green Brief: France’s awkward ‘business as usual’ in Russia

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Green Brief. Below you’ll find the latest roundup of news on energy and environment from across Europe. You can subscribe to the weekly newsletter here. This week, Total Energies faced the wrath of Yannick Jadot, the Green...
Technology 28-03-2022

French presidential election: consensus among candidates on European tech protectionism

"Buy European Act" or not, the presidential candidates agree on the need to direct more public procurement towards European digital actors in order to be able, one day maybe, to fight on equal terms against the American or Chinese giants.
Energy 23-03-2022

Macron, up for re-election, promises €50 billion for green transition 

French President Emmanuel Macron has promised an ecological transition plan to the tune of €50 billion if he is re-elected to lead the country in an election in April
5G 18-03-2022

France wants slightly lagging industry to catch up on 5G

The French government this week announced new measures to help the country's industry which has fallen "slightly behind" in embracing the opportunities that come with transiting to a 5G network. EURACTIV France reports.
Circular materials 17-03-2022

EU recycling chief: product policy should embrace circular economy

With the European Commission due to present its Sustainable Products Action Plan on 30 March, Emmanuel Katrakis takes stock of the EU's push for a more circular economy in an interview with EURACTIV France.