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Will France follow Britain out of the EU?

 
 
Olivier5
 
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Reply Tue 20 Jun, 2017 12:28 pm
@Walter Hinteler,
Program of Emmanuel Macron on European institutions:

Refuse UK access to the Single Market after Brexit


In the Brexit discussion, we will defend the integrity of the European single market. All companies accessing them must be subject to the same disciplines.

Give the euro zone a budget, a parliament and a minister of economy and finance

We will propose to create a budget for the euro area with 3 functions (future investments, emergency financial assistance and response to economic crises). Access to this budget will depend on compliance with common tax and social rules (to avoid dumping within the euro area).

We will propose the creation of a position of eurozone minister of the economy and finance, who will be responsible for the euro area budget, under the supervision of a eurozone parliament, bringing together the european parliamentarians from the member states .

 73 MEPs in the European parliament in 2019

We will put in place European lists to elect the 73 MEPs corresponding to the British seats in the European Parliament. If the timetable of the Brexit negotiations allows, this change can take place in the European elections of June 2019. [?¿]

Construct a new European project with citizen consultations

We will propose to our partners to launch democratic consultations throughout the EU by the end of 2017.

For a period of six to ten months, in each State, in a manner respecting local governments and authorities prerogatives, a European debate will be held on the content of the Union's action and the priorities it must have. Building on these debates, European governments will draw up a short road map, with some common challenges and specific actions, laying down the Union's priorities for action and their implementation timetable for the next five years. [...]

These consultations will lead to a project that will then be adopted by all countries that so wish. No Member State will have the power to block this new stage.

Sources: Program of Emmanuel Macron, March 2, 2017, Campaign webite, March 2, 2017, as quoted by Le Monde.
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Tue 20 Jun, 2017 12:53 pm
@Olivier5,
For the non-believer: >source d'origine<
Olivier5
 
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Reply Tue 20 Jun, 2017 12:56 pm
@Walter Hinteler,
This would also be of note:

Harmonisation sociale européenne (formation, santé, chômage et smic)

Nous exigerons que soit mis en place un socle de droits sociaux européens, en définissant des standards minimums en matière de droits à la formation, de couverture santé, d’assurance chômage ou de salaire minimum (à des niveaux tenant compte de l’inégal développement des Etats membres).

Des clauses fiscales, sociales et environnementales dans les accords commerciaux européens

Nous exigerons que soit intégré dans tous les accords commerciaux de l’UE un volet de coopération fiscale ainsi que des clauses sociales et environnementales contraignantes (en abaissant en priorité les tarifs douaniers sur les biens et services « propres » et en instituant des sanctions commerciales en cas de violation des clauses sociales et environnementales).

Olivier5
 
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Reply Tue 20 Jun, 2017 01:07 pm
@Olivier5,
These are two very old dreams of French social democrats, and it boils down to tarrifs on "social and ecological dumping". Very "third way". I remember it was in Bill Clinton's program in 92 (?). So far, it's been a pie in the sky. Will Macron make miracles in Europe as well?
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Tue 20 Jun, 2017 01:09 pm
@Olivier5,
Absolument d'accord!
Olivier5
 
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Reply Tue 20 Jun, 2017 01:21 pm
@Walter Hinteler,
Sanders has also constantly said that labour and environmental standards should trump free trade.
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Wed 21 Jun, 2017 12:20 pm
@Olivier5,
Exclusive: Macron pledges pragmatism and cooperation with post-Brexit Britain
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In his first interview since he was elected as French president last month, Macron told the Guardian and seven other European papers: “Pragmatism will determine our new relationship” with Britain.

Asked if the door really remained open for Britain to go back on Brexit – after his recent remarks, taken as an encouraging sign by opponents of a hard Brexit, that there may be room for compromise – Macron said: “The door is open until the moment you walk through it. It’s not up to me to say it’s closed. But from the moment things are engaged with a timescale and an objective, it’s very hard to go back, we can’t lie to ourselves.”

Macron was firm on the Brexit negotiation process that began this week. He said: “I want the discussions that have just started to be perfectly coordinated at a European level. I do not want bilateral discussions, because the interests of the EU must be preserved in the short, medium and long term.”

He also said migration cooperation at the border in Calais would change as part of a rethinking of refugee and asylum policy.

In a wide-ranging interview as he prepared for his first European council meeting with European leaders in Brussels on Thursday, Macron said:

• France and Germany would lead on closer European integration with more social protection to win back the confidence of doubting lower middle classes across the bloc.

• Central and eastern European and smaller states had to respect democratic values and couldn’t just view Europe “as a supermarket”.

• Chemical weapons use and disrespect of humanitarian corridors in Syria were “red lines” and France was prepared to act alone in response.

• He would engage with Donald Trump and sought the US’s return to the Paris climate accords.

Macron insisted that France would “strengthen” defence cooperation with the British and work more closely than before on joint counter-terrorism, “because our destinies are linked: terrorists groups don’t know European borders”.

But on bilateral migration agreements with Britain, he said: “I want our cooperation to evolve.” Referring to the sprawling migrant shanty camps at Calais that the French government shut down last year, he said: “We absolutely must avoid creating new flashpoint migrant camps.”
... ... ...
Olivier5
 
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Reply Wed 21 Jun, 2017 12:32 pm
@Walter Hinteler,
British requests for French citizenship more than triple in a year

Figures show applications by those living in France rose from 385 to 1,363 in 2016, with surge expected to continue

Jon Henley, The Guardian
Tuesday 20 June 2017

Applications for French nationality by British citizens living in France more than tripled last year compared with 2015, according to interior ministry figures.

The figures, obtained by Le Monde newspaper, showed 1,363 Britons in France applied to become French citizens in 2016, compared with 385 the previous year – a 254% increase.

The news came after Germany’s federal statistics bureau last week said a record 2,865 Britons took German citizenship last year, up 361% on 2015. The bureau said the link to the UK’s decision to leave the EU “seems clear”.

Le Monde noted that the French figure was relatively low compared with the total number of Britons living in France, which is estimated at between 150,000 and 400,000

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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Wed 21 Jun, 2017 12:49 pm
@Walter Hinteler,
The above quoted interview was given to seven European newspapers: Le Figaro, The Guardian, El Pais, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Corriere della Serra, Le Temps and Gazeta Wyborcza. (Online on all those.)
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Olivier5
 
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Reply Wed 28 Jun, 2017 11:14 am
Trump Will Head to France For Bastille Day Celebration
http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/trump-heads-france-bastille-day-celebration-n777601
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Wed 28 Jun, 2017 11:41 am
@Olivier5,
Rendez sa grandeur à notre planète!
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saab
 
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Reply Wed 28 Jun, 2017 11:51 am
How will Paris in such a rather short time secure the city and still not destroy the celebrations?
Poor Parisians, just like poor Hamburgers at the moment.
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Wed 28 Jun, 2017 12:06 pm
@saab,
Well, last year, there had been 11.500 gendarmes and policemen - additionally to 2.500 "forces de l’ordre" - between l’Arc de Triomphe and place de la Concorde, already "festivités du 14-Juillet sous haute sécurité".

(And then you have of course the thousands of soldiers of the parade.)
saab
 
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Reply Wed 28 Jun, 2017 12:12 pm
@Walter Hinteler,
Oh, how sad..
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Wed 28 Jun, 2017 12:28 pm
@saab,
Security during Bastille Day has always been high, especially after the attempt to assassinate French President Jacques Chirac in 2002 during the parade.
Olivier5
 
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Reply Thu 29 Jun, 2017 11:05 am
@Walter Hinteler,
True that Trump's visit will be an absolute nightmare re. security, with the US secret service all over the place on top of the extra French forces mobilized. To start with, the negotiations to agree on security protocols will be gruesome. Then on Bastille day the cops' paranoia level will shoot through the roof.

Good exercise for the Olympics in 2024... Smile
saab
 
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Reply Thu 29 Jun, 2017 02:25 pm
@Olivier5,
what a nightmare ....
Olivier5
 
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Reply Fri 30 Jun, 2017 08:05 am
@saab,
C'est la vie...
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Wed 26 Jul, 2017 11:47 pm
Russia used Facebook to try to spy on Macron campaign - sources
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JULY 27, 2017 / 7:12 AM
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Russian intelligence agents attempted to spy on President Emmanuel Macron's election campaign earlier this year by creating phony Facebook personas, according to a U.S. congressman and two other people briefed on the effort.

About two dozen Facebook accounts were created to conduct surveillance on Macron campaign officials and others close to the centrist former financier as he sought to defeat far-right nationalist Marine Le Pen and other opponents in the two-round election, the sources said. Macron won in a landslide in May.

Facebook said in April it had taken action against fake accounts that were spreading misinformation about the French election. But the effort to infiltrate the social networks of Macron officials has not previously been reported.

Russia has repeatedly denied interfering in the French election by hacking and leaking emails and documents. U.S. intelligence agencies told Reuters in May that hackers with connections to the Russian government were involved, but they did not have conclusive evidence that the Kremlin ordered the hacking.

Facebook confirmed to Reuters that it had detected spying accounts in France and deactivated them. It credited a combination of improved automated detection and stepped-up human efforts to find sophisticated attacks.

Company officials briefed congressional committee members and staff, among others, about their findings. People involved in the conversations also said the number of Facebook accounts suspended in France for promoting propaganda or spam - much of it related to the election - had climbed to 70,000, a big jump from the 30,000 account closures the company disclosed in April.

Facebook did not dispute the figure.
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