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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

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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

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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

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France: Market Profile

23 July 2019

President Macron’s government plans to implement structural reforms in 2019 as outlined in the 2019 budget plan that includes a EUR6 billion cut in household taxes, with overtime pay and a housing tax...Read More

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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