Matthias Fekl, the new French Secretary of State for Foreign Trade, has joined his predecessors in calling for the publication of the trade negotiation mandate between the EU and the United States, stressing that "Secret negotiations can no longer be allowed to take place."
Wine is a casus belli for the French government, who may block transatlantic negotiations if geographical indications are not protected. EurActiv France reports.
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has said the reported $10bn (£6bn; 7.3bn euros) US fine being faced by banking giant BNP Paribas could hurt EU-US trade treaty talks.
About 1,500 protesters gathered in Paris, Saturday, to celebrate the European Day of Alternatives and Resistance and protest against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
En France, la fronde s’organise principalement autour du Front de Gauche (FDG) et d’Europe-Ecologie-Les Verts (EE-LV) qui ont d’ailleurs décidé de placer leur combat contre Tafta au coeur de leur campagne des européennes
During a debate in the French Senate, all political parties harshly criticised the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), but the French government defended the potential deal.
France said on Thursday it would block proposed negotiations on a free trade agreement between the European Union and the United States unless cultural sectors, such as television and radio, were excluded from the talks.
France threatened on Monday to delay the swift start of EU-U.S. trade talks if its red lines on culture and farm produce are not respected.
Food safety, GMO cultivation and France’s cherished “cultural exception” for audiovisual services are non-negotiable areas in view of upcoming EU-US free trade talks, the French stressed. The message was apparently well received by the European Commission in Brussels.
France will support India on its negotiations with the EU on clinching a free trade agreement, President Francois Hollande said in New Delhi Thursday, stressing that French companies should have greater access to the Indian market as a result.
Le gouvernement sud-coréen réfute les allégations de la France, selon lesquelles le marché tricolore serait envahi de voitures produites en Corée.
French multinational Veolia has had an ICSID arbitration claim registered against the Arab Republic of Egypt.
Selon la Coordination rurale du Languedoc-Roussillon, le Parlement européen se révèle le dernier rempart des agriculteurs face à la libéralisation forcenée que veut appliquer la commission européenne.
Ecuador’s National Assembly has approved a request by President Rafael Correa to end bilateral investment-promotion and protection agreements with France and Sweden.
The Spanish agrarian organisation COAG is convinced that the impending EU-Moroccan agricultural trade liberalisation agreement could be illegal for implicitly including Western Sahara. COAG has now condemned French company Azura’s presence in the occupied territories.
French media conglomerate Vivendi (VIV.FR) Tuesday said the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, or ICSID, reaffirmed its original ruling and financial award in favour of the company in a long-running dispute with Argentina.
An arbitration tribunal constituted under the France-Dominican Republic Bilateral Investment Treaty released an award last week ruling on the jurisdictional objections raised by the Dominican Republic in a claim brought by TCW and its parent company.
Taubira dénonce sans détour le libéralisme tous azimuts dont les APE sont un des reflets. Pour elle, la politique économique européenne a rendu l’Afrique dépendante et les APE, dans leur formule actuelle, ne feront que perpétuer ces rapports inégaux. Si ce discours fait l’affaire de ceux qui se montrent sceptiques vis-à-vis de la nouvelle relation économique que l’Europe veut instaurer avec l’Afrique, il embarrasse à bien des égards Nicolas Sarkozy, le commanditaire du rapport.
La France et le Canada ont officiellement convenu mercredi d’appuyer ensemble le projet de partenariat économique canado-européen, dont le premier ministre québécois Jean Charest s’est fait le plus ardent promoteur.
France, the forthcoming holder of the European Union’s rotating presidency, has asked that the bloc display greater flexibility in talks aimed at reaching free trade accords with Africa.