Macron to overhaul France's struggling health care system

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French president Emmanuel Macron has announced an overhaul of France’s struggling health system, including new funding methods for doctors and hospitals, more hiring and other organizational changes.

The enduring fallout of nuclear tests on French Polynesia

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Over a period of three decades beginning in 1966, France detonated 193 nuclear bombs in atmospheric and undergound tests in its overseas territory of French Polynesia in the South Pacific. The vast fallout from the explosions caused tens of thousands of cancers among the local population according to victims’ associations, although the true, and possibly much larger, toll remains unknown. Meanwhile, the French and local authorities continue to dismiss evidence of the transmission of illnesses to the children of those directly exposed to the nuclear tests. Julien Sartre reports from French Polynesia.

The toxic progression of agrochemicals in France

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The European Union on Monday gave the go-ahead to extend the licence for sales of the herbicide glyphosate, recognised by the World Health Organisation as “probably carcinogenic to humans”, for a further five years. The French government, which voted against move, has decided to unilaterally limit the licence to market glyphosate to three years. But France remains Europe’s biggest user, by volume, of agrochemicals, including many considered by scientific studies to present a health risk. Mediapart, in partnership with online journal Mediacités, details here, region by region and with interactive charts, their sales in France by volume, which in turn provides an indication of where they are most employed.

Hospitals in France to pay pregnant women who stop smoking

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Seventeen hospitals across France will take part in a 36-month trial whereby expectant mothers can earn 300 euros in shop vouchers if they give up smoking.

Under new French law models must prove they are not too thin

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Models will have to produce medical certificate to confirm they are a healthy weight and magazines must label Photoshopped images.

French feminists lambast council over 'sexist' health booklet cover

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Bouches-du-Rhône council will replace image showing a boy wanting to get taller and a girl worried about her weight, at cost of €33,000.

French government minister resigns over poor health

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Duties of Geneviève Fioraso as minister for higher education and research will be taken on by education minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem.

French turn to UK for health care insurance

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Thousands of French people have taken out private insurance with UK companies amid growing frustration with 'sick' public system.

France announces 1.5-billion-euro anti-cancer plan

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President Hollande says plan includes doubling number of clinical trials for cancer drugs and introducing widespread screening for cervical cancer.

France won’t cut spending on health care amid high social-security debt load

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Health minister Marisol Touraine says health care spending will be maintained despite President Hollande's new pledge to reduce welfare 'abuses'.

Energy drinks cause sleep disorders in children, French agency warns

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Public health body says pregnant women and people with certain heart problems or neurological disorders are also at risk from energy drinks.

French wine tax plans will ‘cork the industry’

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Furious wine makers launch campaign against tax hike and tighter advertising rules they claim would be 'very bad for the image of France'.

Tour de France cyclists 'live longer' than general population

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Study finds French riders in the Tour de France live an average six years longer than the general population and die less of cardiovascular problems.

Will mooted French ban on smoking in open spaces end up beached?

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Health minister wants ban on smoking in open public spaces, including beaches, parks and campuses, but anti-tobacco campaigners are sceptical.

France considers electronic cigarette ban in public places

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Medical experts insist that the increasingly popular e-cigarettes should be subject to the same restrictions as tobacco smoking.