Keyword: EU

France and UK seek EU condemnation of Russia over Syria bombings

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 defends ‘serious’ 2017 budget

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.

Le Pen vows to hold referendum on EU if elected

The far-right National Front party leader, Marine Le Pen, made pledge to give French people the chance to vote on EU membership.

Former French FM Michel Barnier to head Brexit talks for EU

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.

French finance minister warns UK over plan to slash corporate tax

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.

How France lobbied EU to toughen anti-terror laws

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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.

German and French ministers urge deeper EU 'political union'

Jean-Marc Ayrault and Frank-Walter Steinmeier urged other EU members to join them in further steps toward a 'political union in Europe'.

France and Germany 'in agreement' over UK's EU exit

French president François Hollande and German chancellor Angela Merkel seek to restor calm over Brexit ahead of meeting in Berlin.

French prime minister opposes EU transatlantic trade deal

Manuel Valls insisted that planned EU-US deal known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) was against 'EU interests'.

Brexit vote a 'grave test for Europe' says France's Hollande

Europe has to show 'solidity and strength' in its response to the economic and financial risks, the French president said after cabinet meeting.

After Brexit, France's far right calls for 'Frexit' EU referendum

Front National's Marine Le Pen, who displayed British flag on her Twitter page, said 'Bravo to the United Kingdom' after Britain's shock vote.

France would 'probably' vote to leave the EU says celebrated philosopher

Bernard-Henri Lévy says Europe has become 'sad, grey and technocratic' and bureaucrats have turned continent into an intellectual wasteland.

Support for the EU dwindles in France and Italy

Survey shows that in a French referendum on EU membership a narrow majority of just 52 per cent would vote to stay in.

France keenest on Brexit among EU nations

Series of polls show that between 32 and 41 percent of French population would see their neighbour's departure from EU in positive light.

Angry medical aid NGO Médecins sans Frontières refuses EU funds

The charity, also known as Doctors Without Borders, said the move was in protest at 'shameful' EU policies to push back migrants from Europe.