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MEPs unanimously condemn recent terrorist attacks in France and Austria

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EPs call for unity and a robust response to terror attacks, in parallel with additional efforts promoting fundamental freedoms and integration. In a debate with Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson, who announced upcoming EU initiatives such as strengthening Europol’s mandate and an action plan […]

State aid: Commission opens in-depth investigation procedure into measures in favour of Béziers airport in France and Ryanair

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess whether operating aid granted to Béziers airport and marketing and airport services agreements concluded between Ryanair and the Béziers airport operators are in line with EU State aid rules. Béziers airport is a regional […]

State aid: the Commission launches an in-depth investigation into the regulation mechanism for natural gas storage in France

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has launched an in-depth investigation in order to determine whether the regulation mechanism for the storage of natural gas implemented by France complies with EU rules on State aid. Ms Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice-President in charge of competition policy, stated: ‘France has […]

Yellow vests, rising violence – what’s happening in France?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Clement Le Goff, Senior Reporter, France Télévisions On the street, we see a tendency towards rising extremism across the political spectrum; Macron crystallizes the anger of all protestors and their language is getting more and more violent; Journalists, […]

At UN, France’s Macron says more ‘political courage’ is needed to face global challenges

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Addressing world leaders at the UN General Assembly‘s annual high-level debate on Tuesday, French President Emmanuel Macron called for courage, and for politicians to take the risks needed to achieve real solutions to contemporary challenges. “Impatience is everywhere,” said the French President, who noted […]

Record-breaking heatwaves killed about 1,500 people in France

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Rosamond Hutt, Senior Writer, Formative Content In late July, a heatwave engulfed Europe, breaking temperature records in the UK, France, the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. It was the second episode of extreme heat to hit the continent since June. […]

State aid: France to recover €8.5 million of illegal aid to Ryanair at Montpellier airport

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has found that the marketing agreements concluded between the local Association for the Promotion of Touristic and Economic Flows (APFTE) and Ryanair at the airport of Montpellier are illegal under EU State aid rules. Ryanair now has to return €8.5 million […]

State aid: Commission approves support for six offshore wind farms in France

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has found support to six large offshore wind farms in French territorial waters to be in line with EU State aid rules. The measures will help France reduce CO2 emissions, in line with EU energy and climate goals, without unduly distorting […]

France and Germany can’t reach consensus regarding EU’s top jobs

The EU leaders are expected to meet again on Sunday to discuss about who will be taking over the EU top jobs, while France and Germany seem unable to agree who will be the successor of Jean-Claude Juncker. Last week’s EU summit didn’t conclude on the matter, something that exerts extra pressure onto the bloc’s […]

Disillusioned young people – France thinks it has a solution

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood, Senior Writer, Formative Content France is trialling a new national service programme for 15 and 16-year-olds, twenty years after the country phased out conscription for men. Called the “service national universel” (SNU), the scheme was proposed by […]

France is about to start giving free breakfasts to disadvantaged schoolchildren

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kate Whiting, Senior Writer, Formative Content Growing minds need fuel, but 1 in 8 children in certain French schools are starting a day off learning on an empty stomach. So France has become the latest country to introduce a […]

Further reforms in France can drive growth, improve public finances and boost social cohesion

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. The French economy has slowed, with weaker growth and employment prospects weighing on living standards and well-being. Policy should focus on long-term strategies to revitalise growth, improve public finances, create more and better jobs and ensure a more inclusive and cohesive society, according to a new […]

Rights of ‘gilets jaunes’ protesters in France, ‘disproportionately curtailed’, say UN independent experts

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. French protesters’ rights have been “disproportionately curtailed” during the wave of recent “gilet jaunes”, or yellow jacket demonstrations across the country over Government economic policies, said a group of independent UN human rights experts on Thursday. The demonstrations were sparked nearly three months ago […]

Siemens-Alstom merger: Can Germany and France lobby to circumvent EC’s rejection, against EU consumers’ interests?

The European Commission (EC), after months of investigation and discussions, came to the independent conclusion to refuse the merger of the rail companies Siemens and Alstom despite the improvements provided by the two firms together with the continuous pressure by the French and German governments. Nevertheless, France and Germany still believe that the EU has wrongly […]

The ‘yellow vests’ undermined Macron in France and the EU

Paris was a blockaded city this weekend. The government was forced to close down all the main tourist sites in the French capital. The Eiffel Tower, the Opera of Paris, the Louvre museum and tens of other sites which may attract the fury of the ‘yellow vest’ movement are closed and heavily guarded. Galerie Lafayette […]

Postal workers in France are helping elderly people fight loneliness

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kate Whiting, Senior Writer, Formative Content While we’re living longer, not everyone is living healthier and happier lives – and many countries are struggling to look after an increasingly lonely, ageing population. By 2050, it’s predicted that more […]

France, Germany challenge Trump’s America on Iran and the reign of the dollar

Last week, the French President Emmanuel Macron and the German Chancellor Angela Merkel challenged the US President Trump by deciding to create a real European army. This week, the two European leaders said they are seriously working on the project to build a financial/trade-clearing mechanism, meant to override the American sanctions against Iran. In both […]

Skeptic France about Trump-Juncker trade deal favoring German cars; EU’s unity in peril

The Trump-Juncker trade truce and pledge for ‘zero tariffs’ seems to have left everybody happy, especially Berlin, but the French said don’t uncork ‘les champagnes’, at least not yet. In detail, last Wednesday, the American President Donald Trump and the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker met in the White House and struck an agreement about […]

Vegans in France are using extreme tactics to stop people eating meat

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Writer When you think of a vegan, the first image that pops into your head might not be one of an activist daubing fake blood on a French charcuterie shop. But butchers in France say militant […]

France v Croatia: How the World Cup finalists stack up off the pitch

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sean Fleming, Writer, Formative Content It’s a clash of the titans. The match millions have been waiting for. On Sunday, 15 July at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium at 18:00 local time, Croatia takes on France in the final of […]

EU job-search aid worth €9.9 million for 1,858 former Air France workers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Former Air France workers will receive EU aid worth €9,894,483 to help them to re-integrate into the labour market, following a plenary vote on Tuesday. Air France made 1,858 workers redundant due to “serious economic disruption”, including a decline in the EU’s international market […]

France is bringing back national service

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alex Gray, Formative Content During his election campaign, the French President Emmanuel Macron promised to reintroduce national service – and he has just taken a major step to deliver on that vow. The President has outlined a two-part […]

EU job-search aid worth €9.9m for 1,858 former Air France workers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Former Air France workers should receive EU aid worth €9,894,483 to re-integrate them into the labour market, following a Budgets Committee vote on Tuesday. Air France made 1,858 workers redundant due to “serious economic disruption”, including a decline in the EU’s international market share,  […]

France is building a village for people with Alzheimer’s

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Rosamond Hutt, Formative Content France is building its first “Alzheimer’s village” in an experiment aimed at improving the lives of people with the disease. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia. It is an irreversible, progressive disorder […]

Parliament approves €104.2m in EU aid to Greece, Spain, France and Portugal

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EUSF aid worth €104.2 million, to support reconstruction in Greece, Spain, France and Portugal following natural disasters in 2017, was approved by MEPs on Wednesday. The aid includes €50.6 million for reconstruction in Portugal’s Centro region following violent forest fires in June and October […]

Budget MEPs approve €104.2 m in EU aid to Greece, Spain, France and Portugal

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament 16-05-18 Budget MEPs approved on Wednesday EUSF aid worth €104.2 million to support reconstruction in Greece, Spain, France and Portugal, hit by natural disasters in 2017. The aid from the EU Solidarity Fund (EUSF) includes €50.6 million for reconstruction in the Centro region in Portugal […]

France-Germany: Divided in Europe, USA united in…Iran

Last Tuesday afternoon the President of ‘America first’ Donald Trump withdrew the US from the Nuclear non-Proliferation Agreement with Iran. The deal is known as P5+1 and was co-signed by the US, France, Britain, Germany, Russia and China. There is no information regarding when the US is to re-introduce its economic sanctions against Iran, and […]

Macron plans for Europe, Brexit and banks but vague on France

Emmanuel Macron, after yesterday’s quasi formality of the second round of the election, is the new President of France, having defeated Marine Le Pen by 65% to 35%. He commands the military forces of his country, including the not at all small nuclear arsenal of France, he appoints and dismiss the prime minister and can […]

French election: Will France vote for a reformed or no EU?

The run-off presidential election approaches and the leader of “En Marche!” movement leads the race over his political opponent Marine Le Pen. Both attempt to influence the remaining undecided French people who are going to vote on Sunday. On the one hand, Emmanuelle Macron supports an EU reform in order for France to remain within […]

Will France vote for more or less Europe in the next presidential elections?

Meeting on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty – From humiliation and exclusion to participation : eradicate all forms of poverty Copyright: © European Union 2016 Source : EP. Location: Brussels, Belgium. Date: 19/10/2016. Photo: Alexis Haulot. The citizens of three of the strongest European countries, having in their minds the recent terrorist […]

The Italian ‘no’ and France’s Fillon to reshape Europe; Paris moves closer to Berlin

Yesterday, the Italians chose to rebuff Prime Minister Matteo Renzi by voting ‘no’ in the referendum he proclaimed, supposed to introduce certain amendments to the country’s constitution. Officially, the question is whether to institute a more responsive and effective legislative system in the customarily politically unstable Italy. The three opposition parties strongly supported the ‘no’ […]

WEF Davos 2016 LIVE: “We need more Schengen but reinforce control!”, France’s Minister of Economy Emmanuel Macron emphasises from Davos

Earlier today in Davos, WEF organized one more session on Europe in order to find ways to deal with one of the most important issues that the old continent is facing which is no other than the refugee crisis. The session that took place in the Sanada room was called “Europe at a tipping point” and was moderated by Lyse […]

G20 LIVE: “United States and Turkey stand in solidarity with France and its people in handing the perpetrators of this crime and bringing them to justice”, US President Barack Obama underlines from G20 in Antalya Turkey

It was just before noon on November 15 in Antalya when the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan gave a joint press conference with Barack Obama, president of the United States of America following the completion of their meeting in the context of the G20 Leaders’ Summit. The major topic that was discussed between the two leaders […]