Keyword: EU

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.

French MPs back lifting of sanctions on Russia

The non-binding vote supports ending the EU sanctions slapped on Russia after it annexed Crimea and after tension escalated over Ukraine.

Why France is backtracking on free trade deal with US

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The French government was initially enthusiastic about the free trade agreement being negotiated between the European Union and the United States. However in recent months Paris, and in particular overseas trade minister Matthias Fekl, has taken a tougher line on the so-called TAFTA deal. Talks on the agreement resume in New York on Monday April 25th, while the day before President Barack Obama will raise the issue with German chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin. But as Ludovic Lamant reports, the chances of a deal being struck before the end of Obama's term of office look increasingly remote.

France threatens halt to EU-US trade deal talks

Trade minister said option to end negotiations on proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) was 'still on the table'.

Hollande insists Britain given 'no special dispensations from EU rules'

Speaking at end of negotiations in Brussels, the French president added UK was not given veto over the eurozone 'which is very important for France'.

France calls on EU to improve Syrian passport checks

Call to detect false Syrian passports comes after two of the suicide bombers in the Paris attacks were found to be carrying such documents.

France 'will respect financial commitments' despite extra security spending

Economy minister Emmanuel Macron made pledge despite France's plans to create 5,000 jobs in security forces and avoid defence spending cuts.

Movements of Paris attacks 'mastermind' raise EU security questions

Growing concern in France after it emerged that Abdelhamid Abaaoud, one of Europe’s most wanted men, travelled freely around continent.

Hollande and Merkel call for swift EU reform of asylum system

The French and German leaders, addressing the European Parliament, said current rules are obsolete and that a united EU stand must be adopted.

France softens its opposition to British EU reform plans

Economy minister Emmanuel Macron said creative ways can be found to amend EU treaties and prevent a European 'Brexit' crisis.