France

    • France's president meets ministers to discuss contentious pension reform

      France's president meets ministers to discuss contentious pension reform

      French President Emmanuel Macron will on Sunday meet ministers involved in his radical pension reform which has prompted a nationwide strike and brought key transport services to a standstill, news wires reported. Transport in Paris remained paralysed on Sunday, with only the two driverless lines of the Metro in operation while national rail operator SNCF warned just one in six high-speed trains would be running.

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    • Spain to introduce a digital tax

      Spain to introduce a digital tax

      Spain will press ahead with the creation of a tax on certain digital services, following in the footsteps of France, Italy, and the UK, El Pais announced Thursday. This so-called “Google tax” could, however, raise the ire of the United States, which has already threatened France with sanctions over a similar levy.

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    • Mass strike over pensions tangles transport across France

      Mass strike over pensions tangles transport across France

      The Eiffel Tower shut down Thursday, France’s vaunted high-speed trains stood still and teachers walked off the job as unions launched nationwide strikes and protests over the government’s plan to overhaul the retirement system. AP reports. Paris authorities barricaded the presidential palace and deployed 6,000 police for what’s expected to be a major demonstration through the capital, an outpouring of anger at President Emmanuel Macron for his centerpiece reform, seen as threatening the hard-fought French way of life.

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    • France vows retaliation over US sanctions threat

      France vows retaliation over US sanctions threat

      France warned the United States of strong EU retaliation if it imposed tariffs on key French products ranging from sparkling wine to cheese to handbags, in an intensifying row over taxing digital giants that risks spiralling into a new trade war, coming just hours before Trump is due to meet his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on the sidelines of the NATO summit in London.

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    • Paris protesters march against deadly domestic violence

      Paris protesters march against deadly domestic violence

      Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Paris and other French cities on Saturday to protest against domestic violence, amid data showing that more than 130 women have been killed by their partner or ex-partner in France this year alone. That’s about one every two or three days. In the meantime, marital violence affects 220,000 French women every year.

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    • Macron aims at tightening EU accession rules

      Macron aims at tightening EU accession rules

      Emmanuel Macron wants to make it further tougher for the EU to accept new members. In a document circulated to EU governments, France said the process of EU enlargement should be more “gradual,” terms of accession more “stringent” and the process “reversible.”

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    • Hearings of new Commissioners-designate scheduled for 14 November

      Hearings of new Commissioners-designate scheduled for 14 November

      The Conference of Presidents (EP President and leaders of political groups) on Friday decided that the hearings of the three new Commissioners-designate will take place on 14 November, the EP press service reported. The candidates are: Oliver Varhelyi from Hungary (Neigbourhood and Enlargement), Adina-Ioana Valean from Romania (Transport) and Thierry Breton from France (Internal Market). Parliaments Committee on Legal Affairs will meet on 12 November to evaluate the candidates’ declarations of financial interest.

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