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France: Market Profile

9 Jan 2020

Over the 2017-2018 period, the French economy grew at its fastest pace since 2011, aided by a cyclical upswing in the eurozone and strong business confidence, the latter of which is being supported by...Read More


Year-end Sales Gain Momentum Amid Ongoing Economic Uncertainties

31 Dec 2019

In 2019, as ever, as the year end approached, retail sales peaked as shoppers made ready for Christmas and the New Year. With the festive buying period kicking off in November, the final two months of...Read More


Future of Cannes Hong Kong Film Week Uncertain After Muted Launch

26 Nov 2019

After coming close to cancelling the event at the last minute, the question is – can Cannes make a go of it in Asia?...Read More


Sexist Toys Targeted by Dutch Minister and France

5 Nov 2019

Last month, the Dutch minister for Education, Culture and Science, Ingrid van Engelshoven, was questioned in the Dutch Parliament following her statement published in a Dutch newspaper in which she ha...Read More


The Greater Bay Area: Flash Fashion in the Pan-Pearl River Delta

18 Sept 2019

OnTheList opened in Hong Kong almost four years ago to help brands shift excess and end-of-season stock. Riding on its success in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore, the company, founded by an enterprisi...Read More


French Minister Reveals Plans to Reform VAT Collection in the E-commerce Realm

9 Sept 2019

On 22 August 2019, the French Minister of Public Action and Accounts, Gérald Darmanin, in an interview with the French financial newspaper “Les Échos,” revealed plans to reform the collection of VAT f...Read More


Penalty of €250,000 Imposed by French Authority for Online Sales Restrictions

16 Aug 2019

It has been announced that the French Competition Authority (the “FCA”) has imposed a fine of EUR 250,000 on Trek Bicycle Corporation and its subsidiary Bikeurope B.V. (together “Bikeurope”) for havin...Read More


Controversial French Tax to Be Imposed on Tech Giants; France Faces US Retaliation

30 July 2019

On 24 July 2019, France’s President Macron signed into law a 3 percent tax on large tech companies' local revenues. The law was published in the country’s official gazette on 25 July. Tech giants will...Read More


French Government Proposes Anti-waste and Circular Economy Law Covering Numerous Consumer Goods

26 July 2019

On 10 July 2019, the French Government presented an ambitious proposal for an “anti-waste” and circular economy law (the Law Proposal) to France’s Council of Ministers. The Law Proposal is divided int...Read More


No Star Turn for Mainland Movie Industry at 2019 Cannes Film Festival

18 June 2019

Following several years when mainland movie makers, money men and distributors had almost taken top billing at the festival, local difficulties and new regulatory arrangements saw them happy to eschew...Read More


France Publishes an Updated List of Standards That Give Presumption of Conformity to The Decree 91-1292

25 April 2019

An updated list of standards including NF EN 1888-2, NF EN 17022 and NF EN 17072 that give presumption of conformity to decree 91-1292 relating to the prevention of risks arising from the use of child...Read More


France Investigates Safety of Babies’ Nappies

11 Feb 2019

On 23 January 2019, the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (“ANSES” or “the Agency”) published an Opinion based on a Report relating to the safety of babies’ nappie...Read More


Google Fined Extraordinary Amount by French Authority for Breaching Data Protection Rules

8 Feb 2019

On 21 January 2019, the French Data Protection Authority (Commission Nationale Informatique et Liberté – the CNIL) imposed a fine of EUR 50 million on Google for infringing General Data Protection Reg...Read More


French Minister Announces Implementation of a Digital Services Tax

15 Jan 2019

Towards the end of 2018, Bruno Le Maire, the French Minister for the Economy and Finance, announced that France would be implementing a national digital services tax (“DST”) as of 1 January 2019, to t...Read More


Bangladesh Set to Overtake China as Leading Global Clothing Producer

7 Jan 2019

Could mainland manufacturers be set to lose out to their Bangladeshi counterparts in the international garment production stakes? There were plenty of exhibitors at the Apparel Sourcing show who certa...Read More


France Adopts New Information Requirements for Automotive Parts Derived from the Circular Economy

27 Dec 2018

In April 2019, an Order issued by the French Ministry for Economy and published in France’s Official Journal will enter into effect, relating to the information which professional service and repair p...Read More


Shadow of #MeToo and Lingering Netflix Row Delivers a Divided Cannes

25 May 2018

With Netflix ousted and the event damned as a haven for sexual predators, the 2018 Cannes Film Festival was never set to be plain sailing, but a helpful distraction came courtesy of Saudi Arabia's dec...Read More


France Launches Plan Affecting Life Cycle of Products and Producer Responsibility

18 May 2018

On 23 April 2018, the French Prime Minister, Edouard Philippe, together with the deputy Minister for the Environment, Brune Poirson, launched a circular economy plan (the Plan). The Plan aims at getti...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

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