Polish finance minister responds to French president’s claim that the EU is being used ‘like a supermarket’.
Le Pen, who is being investigated for breach of trust, has previously denied any wrongdoing in a case that she has said is politically motivated.
British Prime Minister Theresa May met with her French counterpart, Bernard Cazeneuve, in London on Friday, pledging that Britain will not seek to 'cherry-pick' in negotiations over leaving the European Union, and reiterated her her aim to guarantee rights of EU nationals already in the UK and said she hoped France will do the same for Britons living there.
Front National party leader Marine Le Pen, tipped by pollsters to reach the second round of France's presidential elections this spring, is making a French exit from the European Union one of her major campaign pledges, along with resinstating the franc as national currency within a euro-shadowing group of currencies with other nations disenchanted with eurozone policies.
France is now the fourth EU member country to be given back access to the US market after restrictions were applied to imports of beef, sheep and goats from January 1998 following the outbreak of the bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) epidemic.
Study shows 55 percent of Austrians and 54 percent of French see it as a threat, the only surveyed countries where a majority voiced that view.
Diplomatic sources said Paris and London have also raised the prospect of sanctions on 12 Russians involved in the Syrian conflict, adding them to the EU's list of some 200 people that also includes three Iranians, with similar sanctions against Syrian individuals.
France, which has often broken the EU's fiscal rules, is targeting a deficit of 2.7 percent of GDP for 2017, under the EU's limit of 3.0 percent.
The far-right National Front party leader, Marine Le Pen, made pledge to give French people the chance to vote on EU membership.
The choice of former EU commissioner and French foreign minister to be EU's chief negotiator for Brexit was regarded by some in UK as a hostile move.
Michel Sapin said UK post-Brexit plan to introduce 15% business tax was 'not a good way to start a negotiation' on future access to EU markets.
The influential Civil Liberties committee of MPs at the European Parliament has just agreed on a draft counter-terrorism directive for the European Union. Mediapart can reveal that the content of the text has been considerably influenced by Paris, which has been keen to include measures already adopted in France in recent years. These include a new crime of glorifying or praising terrorism, blocking access to websites and boosting the number of surveillance tools. Jérôme Hourdeaux reports.
Jean-Marc Ayrault and Frank-Walter Steinmeier urged other EU members to join them in further steps toward a 'political union in Europe'.
French president François Hollande and German chancellor Angela Merkel seek to restor calm over Brexit ahead of meeting in Berlin.
Manuel Valls insisted that planned EU-US deal known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) was against 'EU interests'.