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France: Market Profile

25 Jan 2018

While soft oil prices and tax cuts for low income earners has been favourable to private consumption, easing credit conditions as well as the recent supportive economic strategies are conducive to pri...Read More


Silmo's 50th Anniversary Outing still has an Eye on the Future

22 Dec 2017

Founded in 1967 and now Europe's leading event for the optical industry, Silmo 2017 saw many exhibitors looking to reinvent past glories, although the majority were focused on innovative techniques an...Read More


France Introduces Colour Coded Food Labelling System

17 Nov 2017

On 31 October 2017, France introduced a voluntary labelling scheme for food products. ‘Nutri-Score’, as it is called, ranks the overall nutritional quality of all food except single-ingredient foodstu...Read More


French Association Fighting Against Built-in Obsolescence Lodges Complaint Against Several Printer Manufacturers

3 Nov 2017

A French association whose mission is to fight against built-in obsolescence (Halte à l’obsolescence programmée) lodged a complaint against a number of printer manufacturers on the grounds that they h...Read More


The EU: Surviving Populism, Tackling Income Inequality

17 Aug 2017

While populist calls for protectionist policies, largely inspired by perceived income inequality and a misunderstanding of the potential benefits of globalisation, have become an issue across the worl...Read More


Europe’s Elections: Indications of a Positive Trade Outcome

15 Aug 2017

Euroscepticism has been concerning the EU even before the UK voted to leave the bloc in June 2016. However, the failure of anti-EU nationalist movements to win power in the Netherlands and France, and...Read More


Hong Kong Distributors Flourish While Mainland Moviemakers Struggle

19 June 2017

Despite disappointment at the lack of Chinese films making the cut at this year's Cannes Film Festival, Hong Kong moviemakers were doing brisk business in terms of global sales, while Netflix was prov...Read More


Guaranteed Authenticity Boosts Hong Kong Role as Mainland Wine Cellar

14 Feb 2017

With faux vintages of Sauvignot Blanc and Shampagne bedevilling the mainland wine trade, Hong Kong's role in assuring the provenance of its re-exports to China is a massive endorsement of the city’s s...Read More


Brands Vie with Catwalk Couture at European Textile Sourcing Event

12 Jan 2017

While brand-building has become increasingly important for textile suppliers the world over, turning heads on the catwalk remains a key element in the marketing strategy of many companies, according t...Read More


French Clothing Buyers Opt for Intermittent Quality Over Low Prices

24 Nov 2016

With discount garments suddenly out of fashion, French consumers look to save for fewer value-added items....Read More


Innovation Meets Retro Styling at Europe's Largest Optical Expo

25 Oct 2016

With Asia emerging as the optical industry's new focus, this year's Silmo event was characterised by the use of innovative new technology, increasing concerns over piracy, 3D-printed frames and the re...Read More


Chinese Films Off the Radar at Cannes, but Korean Movies Flourish

24 May 2016

In a poor showing for mainland cinema, no Chinese movies were featured at this year's Cannes Film Festival, while Korean movies continued to prove their ability to appeal globally, with many finding s...Read More


China Set to Retain Long-term Dominance of European Clothing Market

12 April 2016

While mainland manufacturers will not lose their share of the EU garment market any time soon, they will still need to bolster their efforts to meet the needs of local buyers, according to exhibitors ...Read More


Natural Materials, Handcrafted Items and Metallics Resurgent in Paris

7 April 2016

While worries about the wider economy seemed to be echoed in an austere aesthetic at the Maison&Objet homeware fair in Paris, there were strong sales in the high-end sector and a truly diverse offerin...Read More


Technical Innovations and Retro Styles Take Point at Silmo

6 April 2016

Clever new hinges, a panto revival, innovative materials, brand launches and groundbreaking lenses were all on show at the Silmo optical fair in Paris, with the wider European eyewear industry finally...Read More


Plastic Bags to be Banned in France According to Draft French Law, but Entry into Effect Delayed

15 Jan 2016

A standstill period for the Commission and Member States to comment on a proposed ban on plastic bags in France was due to come to an end on 28 December 2015. France’s proposed new law banning single-...Read More


Retail Reels in Wake of Paris Attacks, though Xmas Rebound Expected

24 Nov 2015

France's retailers pin their hopes on Christmas, Black Friday and e-commerce as consumers rally after November 13....Read More


France Extends Temporary Restriction of Formamide in Toy Puzzle Mats

20 Nov 2015

France has recently extended the temporary restriction of formamide in toy puzzle mats. The extension period is for a further 12 months. The new law took effect on 26 October 2015. The limit of no mor...Read More


Natural Gas Flaunts its Green Credentials at World Gas Conference

26 Aug 2015

Delegates at this year's World Gas Conference in Paris were keen to emphasise the environmental advantages of natural gas over coal, although concerns remained as to overall consumer acceptability, ha...Read More


French Parliament Adopts Draft Law on Built-in Obsolescence of Commonly Sold Consumer Goods; Heavy Penalties Defined

21 Aug 2015

On 22 July 2015, the French Parliament adopted a Draft Law on the Energy Transition for Green Growth, following extensive debates dating back to October 2014. One of the many aims of the Draft Law is ...Read More

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