Tag Archives: France

The French soda refill ban: The bitter taste of regulation

Source: Students For Liberty
by Bill Wirtz

“In January 2017, the French Parliament passed a bill that effectively banned free soda-refills in restaurants, in an attempt to tackle obesity. Where will its efforts lead us to? Rest assured, if living in France has confirmed one of my stereotypes, then it’s that you eat well. The Republique upholds culinary hedonism, and there are indeed health-related effects to this mindset: between 1997 and 2009, the obesity level has risen from 8.5 to 14.5 per cent. In 2016, Le Monde reports that the amount of obese people has risen to over 15.5 per cent, with 25.3 per cent of women and 41 per cent of men being generally overweight. In order to tackle this situation, consecutive governments have suggested and implemented large-scale government intervention. A Right or Left divide is missing completely in this Nanny-State policy, as the so-called soda tax was introduced by centre-right president Nicolas Sarkozy, only to be raised by following socialist governments.” (05/16/17)

https://www.studentsforliberty.org/2017/05/16/french-soda-refill-ban-bitter-taste-regulation/

France’s ATR delivers first planes to Iran as trade grows

Source: Seattle Times

“European plane maker ATR is delivering small passenger jets to Iran, the latest big-budget deal to emerge in the wake of Iran’s 2015 nuclear accord with world powers that ended years of sanctions. The first four ATR 72-600s were handed over to Iran Air in a ceremony Tuesday in Toulouse in southern France, where ATR is based. Iran Air finalized a deal last month with ATR for 20 twin-propeller aircraft, with an option to buy 20 more.” (05/16/17)

http://www.seattletimes.com/business/frances-atr-delivers-first-planes-to-iran-as-trade-grows/

France: Macron names Republican Philippe as prime minister

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“President Emmanuel Macron has chosen centre-right mayor Edouard Philippe as France’s new prime minister. Mr Philippe, 46, is not from the president’s new centrist party but from the centre-right Republicans. The choice is seen as an attempt to draw in key figures from both the right and left of French politics. The announcement forms part of a busy first day for the president – he is due to meet Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin. The naming of a new prime minister, Mr Macron’s first big appointment, came after hours of fevered speculation in France and a day after he was inaugurated as president.” (05/15/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/39923510

France: Macron inaugurated as president with Paris under tight security

Source: The Guardian [UK]

“Emmanuel Macron has become France’s youngest ever president, officially taking over from Francois Hollande. Macron, a 39-year-old centrist, arrived at the Elysee Palace in central Paris on Sunday in a motorcade and walked down the red carpet under light rain to be greeted by Hollande for his inauguration. The new president’s wife, Brigitte, arrived separately. A week after his victory over far-right leader Marine Le Pen in a tumultuous election, Macron had a private meeting with Hollande at which he was given the codes to launch France’s nuclear weapons.” (05/14/17)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/14/emmanuel-macron-inaugurated-as-president-paris-tight-security

In France, the center holds

Source: The American Conservative
by Noah Millman

“Marine Le Pen significantly underperformed expectations on election day yesterday, winning only slightly more than half of the votes won by president-elect Emmanuel Macron, or slightly more than a third of the total. Polls only a week ago showed her getting just above 40%, though over the past few days it was clear that she was bleeding rather than gaining support. Nonetheless, I think a lot of the commentariat expected that some combination of higher-than-estimated abstentions (turnout was indeed sharply down from recent prior elections) and enthusiasm by Le Pen’s base would lead to at least a small error in the opposite direction — a Macron win, but not an overwhelming one. But his victory was indeed overwhelming. Why did Le Pen underperform? I can think of several plausible reasons.” (05/08/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/millman/in-france-the-center-holds/

France: Pro-EU Macron wins presidency

Source: Minneapolist Star Tribune

“Ripping up France’s political map, French voters elected independent centrist Emmanuel Macron as the country’s youngest president Sunday, delivering a resounding victory to the unabashedly pro-European former investment banker and dashing the populist dream of far-right rival Marine Le Pen. Macron, who had never run for office before, celebrated with thousands of jubilant, flag-waving supporters outside the Louvre Museum in Paris on Sunday night. … Marine Le Pen, his far-right opponent in the runoff, quickly called the 39-year-old Macron to concede after voters rejected her ‘French-first’ nationalism by a large margin. Le Pen’s performance punctured her hopes that the populist wave which swept Donald Trump into the White House and led Britain to vote to leave the EU would also carry her to France’s presidential Elysee Palace.” (05/07/17)

http://www.startribune.com/tense-france-chooses-new-president-deciding-europe-s-fate/421550573/

Who stands in the way of populists? The French case.

Source: EconLog
by Alberto Mingardi

“A Marine Le Pen victory is seen by many as little short of a calamity: Le Pen openly questions French membership in the Eurozone (though recently she softened her tone) and proposes a blend of new protectionism that would wreck the EU ship altogether. On the top of that, Madame Le Pen leads a xenophobic party, whose roots are in Vichy France. The French right, which still worships the memory of General De Gaulle, has typically a strong anti-fascist bent. But this time at least one gaullist, Nicolas Dupont-Aignan, has openly endorsed Le Pen. Dupont-Ainan comes with a valuable 4.70% of the votes which he scored in the first round. The other candidate, Emmanuel Macron, is at the same time the new face of politics and the favourite son of the establishment.” ()5/03/17)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2017/05/who_stands_in_t.html

France: LePen plays green card

Source: Yahoo! News

“With a week to go before France’s presidential election runoff, far-right candidate Marine Le Pen played the green card outside a controversial aluminium plant in the south of the country. Le Pen has made a series of targeted campaign stops in a bid to close a 19-point gap in voter surveys with centrist frontrunner Emmanuel Macron, 39. Vowing to pursue a vision of ‘true ecology,’ the 48-year-old National Front (FN) candidate said the Alteo plant in the town of Gardanne was a symbol of a false choice between jobs and the environment.” (04/30/17)

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/frances-le-pen-plays-green-card-115205589.html

France: Regime says Syrian chemical attack bears Assad’s signature

Source: Los Angeles Times

“France’s foreign ministry says deadly sarin gas used in a chemical attack in Syria earlier this month that killed 87 people ‘bears the signature’ of President Bashar Assad’s government. A six-page report by French intelligence services claims the nerve agent came from hidden stockpiles of chemical weapons that Damascus was supposed to have destroyed under an U.S- and Russia-brokered deal in 2013. The chemicals in the gas matched those from samples taken following a sarin attack in Syria in 2013 carried out by government helicopters.” [editor’s note: Who knows for sure, but the claim that 2013 attack was carried out by anti-Assad rebels using sarin from Turkey, not by Assad’s forces, seems plausible; combined with the report’s actual language, which merely claims that the sarin is “typical” of that produced by the regime’s labs (is there some “atypical” form of sarin produced elsewhere?), I’d say skepticism is still warranted – TLK] (04/26/17)

http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-france-syria-sarin-gas-20170426-story.html

France: Le Pen steps down as National Front leader for presidential runoff

Source: MSN News

“French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen announced Monday she is temporarily stepping down as head of her National Front party with less than two weeks ago before the country chooses its leader in a runoff vote. The move appears to be a way for Le Pen to embrace a wide range of potential voters ahead of the vote pitting her against Emmanuel Macron, the independent centrist who came in first in Sunday’s first round, The Associated Press reported. … Le Pen has said in the past that she is not a candidate of her party, and made that point when she rolled out her platform in February, saying the measures she was espousing were not her party’s, but her own.” (04/24/17)

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/marine-le-pen-steps-down-as-head-of-frances-national-front-party/ar-BBAhnna