Keyword: Poland

French ambassador 'shocked' at Polish FM's 'sick man' comment

The French ambassador to Poland, Pierre Levy, has said he was 'shocked' at comments made by Polish foreign minister Jacek Czaputowicz in which he said recent social unrest in France and the slowdown of President Emmanuel Macron's timetable of reforms had made the country 'the sick man of Europe, dragging Europe down'.

France and Poland clash over removal of cross from Jean Paul II statue

Poland pledges to save work from 'dictates of political correctness' after French court order to remove cross because it breaches secularism rules.

Poland slams France's Macron over 'arrogant' remarks

Polish PM highlights Emmanuel Macron's lack of political experience for his disparaging comments about Poland over labour reforms.

Poland hits back at Macron’s ‘supermarket’ jibe

Polish finance minister responds to French president’s claim that the EU is being used ‘like a supermarket’.

Airbus row: Polish official says 'we taught French to use the fork'

After furious reaction from France to a last-minute decision by Poland not to buy 50 Airbus-built helicopters, the Polish deputy defence minister slammed Paris for disinviting Poland from an arms fair and claimed his country taught the French how to use cutlery. 

Hollande scraps Poland trip in 'anger' over lost Airbus deal

French president said to be dismayed that Warsaw has ditched plans to buy 50 Caracal helicopters, claiming deal was not in Poland's interests.

The grim battle for survival facing France's dairy farmers

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One of the protesters, Adrien, in front of the headquarters of dairy group Lactalis. © Laurent Geslin One of the protesters, Adrien, in front of the headquarters of dairy group Lactalis. © Laurent Geslin

After a bitter dispute lasting more than a week, the giant French dairy group Lactalis has finally agreed to pay its dairy farmers higher prices for their milk. However, the anger of the protests has once again highlighted the desperate plight of many dairy farmers in France. As Laurent Geslin reports, an entire way of life is in danger of disappearing as smaller-scale farmers find it increasingly hard to make a living.

'Eat French' say fed-up farmers in country-wide protests

Farmers fear that falling prices linked to Russia's import embargo and big harvests in the European Union this summer will cut incomes.

French gay marriage laws exclude some foreigners

Gay couples where one of them is from certain countries that do not recognise same-sex unions have discovered they can't get married in France.

France and Poland mark 68th Victory in Europe day in Paris

French President Francois Hollande speaks about the continuing need for compromise between France and Germany.

Scandal of the 'low cost' European workers in France

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 © Rachida El Azzouzi © Rachida El Azzouzi

From Portuguese builders to Romanian welders, the number of European workers who are brought in on 'temporary assignment' to French building sites is increasing all the time. In theory all these foreign staff should benefit from the same wages and social rights as their French counterparts. But the grim reality is that unscrupulous employers in France's construction industry and other sectors are getting around the law to pay the workers pitifully low wages and deprive them of their social rights. Rachida El Azzouzi met some of the union officials trying to fight against this growing form of exploitation.


Polish PM denies boycott of Hollande

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk has denied boycotting French Socialist Party presidential candidate François Hollande during a visit to Poland.