New Sanctions Won’t Block France-Russia Warship Deal

The French government has said that it will push ahead with its warship contract with Russia, despite pressure from the United States and European Union to scrap the deal. The government’s announcement to go ahead with the 1.2 billion euro deal came just before the EU began outlining the new round of sanctions against Russia […]

EU Investigation Puts Corporate Tax Evasion Under Scrutiny

Apple, Starbucks and Fiat have come under close scrutiny in an investigation by the European Commission over a possible loophole they believe the companies have been exploiting to slash their corporate taxes. The European Commission has launched tax investigations in various EU countries in the past, but this is the first time that specific multinational […]

French Government Urges Hospitality

When it comes to tourism, France enjoys a reputation for elegance in its arts and architecture, finesse in its cuisine, and romance in its streets. This reputation attracts millions of travelers to the City of Love and to the French countryside. Unfortunately, France does not enjoy a reputation for hospitality. Neighboring countries often comically mock […]

Uber’s Fight Against the Taxi Unions: The Changing Transportation Model in Paris

There is a new transportation model taking France by storm. The French call it the VTC (voitures de tourisme avec chauffeur), which refers to an American model of car service that lets people reserve and pay for a car using a smartphone app. Foremost within this industry is the San Francisco based start-up Uber, which […]

Out of Camembert Boxes? Poplar Shortage Threatens French Food Industry

The French culinary world was shaken by disrupting news in early May—the nation is currently facing a shortage of poplars, the fast-growing trees used to make Camembert cheese boxes, oyster baskets, and vegetable crates. And according to the Vice President of the National Council of Poplars, Hervé Drouin, the situation has grown urgent. The volume […]

France Says No to GMO Corn

The French National Assembly passed a bill this week to ban the planting of transgenic corn within the country’s borders, in a new attempt to perennially ban MON810 corn. The bill’s main objective is to legally secure the ban on American agro-giant Monsanto’s genetically modified corn species, including Pioneer TC1507. The bill also confers to […]

Vivendi Accepts Numericable Bid to Buy SFR

  Vivendi announced on April 5 it would accept the bid from Numericable to buy its telecommunication affiliate SFR, over a rival offer from Bouygues, in a deal worth more than 17 billion euros. According to the announcement released last Saturday, the supervisory board of Vivendi “unanimously” decided to accept the offer from Numericable, a […]

France Receives 18 Billion Euros in Chinese Contracts

Following the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to France during the week of Monday, March 24, France and China agreed upon a large number of economic contracts meant to stabilize the commercial balance between the two countries. According to the Elysée, over fifty contracts totaling over 18 billion euros were signed, focusing chiefly in […]

Massive Strike at Libération

London – A crisis started last week in the headquarters of Libération, one of France’s main newspapers, and has been ongoing since. Libération is suffering from a growing schism between its staff and shareholders due to the announced plans of major restructuring. The strike from the staff began after the announcement of a major restructuring […]

Small Bookstores Win Again Against Amazon

PARIS- After years of debate, French booksellers won another victory earlier this month against Amazon and other large booksellers, when the French Senate banned the practice of free shipping, one of the perks of using many online megastores. On the corner of the square outside the Sorbonne in Paris, tourists are unlikely to notice a small […]