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EU clears 600 million euros in aid for solar power in France
27 November 2018 - The European Union regulators approved on Tuesday 600 million euros ($679 million) worth of French state aid for innovative solar power installations, saying it would support the bloc's climate ambitions. (more)

France to close 14 nuclear reactors by 2035 and all coal-fired power plants by 2022
27 November 2018 - President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday (27 November) that France would shut down 14 of the country's 58 nuclear reactors currently in operation by 2035, of which between four and six will be closed by 2030. He also announced that France would close its remaining four coal-fired power plants by 2022 as part of the country's anti-pollution efforts. (more)

France: Parisians want more local and organic produce
19 November 2018 - Street interviews, done at the Aligre market in Paris' 12th arrondissement, show that Parisians are certainly concerned about the food they eat. And then there are some numbers on organic products in France: The amount of products of organic origin consumed increased by 17 percent in 2017; 59 percent of French people regularly eat organic fruit and vegetables ... and The Occitanie region in southern France has 8,184 organic farms alone. (more)

France: Greater Paris to ban old diesel cars from summer 2019
12 November 2018 - The Greater Paris region will become a low-emission zone from next summer, which will limit the circulation of old diesel cars, the regional authority decided on Monday (12 November). The council plans to gradually tighten regulations in order to allow only electric or hydrogen-fueled cars on Greater Paris roads by 2030. In central Paris, pre-2000 diesels have been banned since July 2017. (more)

France: Paris region to launch world's biggest fleet of electric bicycles
8 November 2018 - The Paris region plans to launch a large fleet of electric bicycles in a state-funded scheme aimed at getting commuters to cycle to work and reducing congestion and pollution. From September 2019, regional transport agency Ile-de-France Mobilites (IDFM) will provide up to 10,000 e-bikes for long-term rental, with a view to expanding the scheme to 20,000, which would make it the world's largest e-bike rental program. (more)

You can cut your cancer risk by eating organic, a new study says
22 October 2018 - You can protect yourself from cancer by eating organic, a new study suggests. Those who frequently eat organic foods lowered their overall risk of developing cancer, a study published Monday (22 October) in JAMA Internal Medicine finds. More than 68,000 French adults took part in the study. Those who ate the most organic food were 25 percent less likely to develop cancer. (more)

Electric cars feature strongly at Paris Motor Show
7 October 2018 - Electric models of leading car brands take the spotlight at the Paris Motor Show this year. Euronews science and technology correspondent Denis Loctier reports from the world's busiest automotive event. Tightening environmental regulations in many countries including France make zero-emission electric cars increasingly attractive. (more)

Europe's first solar panel recycling plant opens in France
25 June 2018 - French water and waste group Veolia (VIE.PA) has opened what it says is Europe's first recycling plant for solar panels and aims to build more as thousands of tonnes of ageing solar panels are set to reach the end of their life in coming years. 'This is the first dedicated solar panel recycling plant in Europe, possibly in the world,' Gilles Carsuzaa, head of electronics recycling at Veolia, told reporters. (more)

One million French smokers quit in a year amid anti-smoking measures
28 May 2018 - France has seen a sharp fall in the number of people smoking daily, with one million fewer lighting up from 2016-2017, a survey suggests. Such a drop has not been seen in a decade, according to Public Health France, which carried out the study. There has also been a decline in smoking among teenagers and those on low incomes. (more)

France: March marks record recovery for EV sales
16 April 2018 - After a slight decline in plug-in sales in previous months, France has fully recovered at the start of spring with sales across all segments on the up. To be precise, EV sales in particular have reached a high that was hitherto unseen. A total of 4,214 electric cars were registered this March in France, more than in any other month and an increase of 41.6 percent compared to March 2017. (more)


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One in ten French people may suffer from PTSD: Transcendental Meditation is a solution - Forbes France reports
6 July 2018 - Managing the devastating problem of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has become a public health issue in France today, not only in the military, but across the population - one in ten French people may be affected, Forbes France reports. Some of the proposed solutions include meditation techniques, among which Transcendental Meditation has given the best results. The effects of this independent practice build up over time. A study funded by the US military has shown its superiority over long-term psychotherapy, and a recent meta-analysis found that it can be up to ten times more effective than mindfulness meditation. (more)

Filmmaker David Lynch recommends Transcendental Meditation to solve problems in schools
22 December 2012 - On a tour of Europe and other countries, film director David Lynch spoke often about the power of Transcendental Meditation to improve creativity and reduce stress in the individual and society. Many of his statements during this tour several years ago are featured in the recently released documentary, Meditation, Creativity, Peace. Some presaged the deep concerns now echoing throughout the US and the world following the Newtown, Connecticut school tragedy. Mr Lynch described how Transcendental Meditation, giving the effortless, direct experience of the fundamental field of consciousness--a field of 'creativity, intelligence, love, power, and bliss'--unfolds one's 'full potential as a human being', offering a solution to the stress and violence plaguing schools. (more)

France: French culture, Vedic gardens featured in women's programmes
26 November 2012 - Women in France have been enjoying programmes this year including presentations on French culture and Maharishi Vedic Gardens, in-residence assemblies and special conference calls, and the inauguration of a new club in Paris where people can enjoy practising Transcendental Meditation together. (more)

David Lynch on the Unified Field: 'Everything emerges from a field of no-thing'
6 November 2012 - What is beneath the surface of the mind and matter? Film director David Lynch explains his understanding of the Unified Field, the source of creation, underlying all existence--first from the scientific perspective of quantum physics, and then from the perspective of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's Vedic science and technologies of consciousness. The Unified Field is 'the unity of all the particles and all the forces of matter,' Mr Lynch said. Not only did scientists discover the Unified Field, 'but they found that everything that is a thing emerges from this field of no-thing . . . . It is no-thing, but all things come from it.' (more)

How to experience the Unified Field: David Lynch
6 November 2012 - Scientists have developed theoretical knowledge of the Unified Field from which everything in the universe emerges, but they don't know how to experience it directly, said film director David Lynch. 'It is unmanifest. You can't walk into this field. But any one of those scientists could practise a technique, Transcendental Meditation.' Mr Lynch described the technique, which one learns from a certified teacher in a systematic course of instruction, and which 'turns the awareness within'. In this natural process, 'each deeper level of mind and each deeper level of intellect has more happiness. . . . At the borderline of intellect, you transcend. Transcend is the key word. It means to go beyond. You're going beyond the field of relativity, duality, experiencing oneness . . . . pure, unbounded, infinite consciousness.' (more)

Transcendental Meditation increasingly popular in France
23 July 2012 - During the past year the number of people who learned Transcendental Meditation in France increased substantially, by almost 50 per cent. Another new development was the opening of the Veda Club in the centre of Paris. With its proper orientation according to Maharishi Vastu architecture, the Veda Club has become a central hub for Parisians to practise Transcendental Meditation together regularly. This group practice has been shown through scientific research to reduce negative trends and create an influence of coherence and harmony in society. (more)

France: Spring 2011 tour inspires interest in Transcendental Meditation and advanced programmes
23 July 2011 - Six cities in different regions of France--Paris, Narbonne, Bordeaux, Nantes, Lyon, and Strasbourg--hosted presentations during a tour this spring on the benefits of the Transcendental Meditation Programme for the individual and society. Highlighted in the presentations was scientific research documenting positive results in many areas including development of mental potential and improved brain functioning, better health, and business success and productivity. (more)

Vastu community planned in France
13 July 2011 - Interest in the programmes of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in France has inspired potential plans for a Vastu community constructed according to principles of Maharishi Vedic Architecture, and has drawn hundreds of people to celebrations and lectures throughout the country. (more)

Consciousness-Based Education, Vedic architecture and music offered in France
13 July 2011 - Special programmes and courses have been offered this year in France in Consciousness-Based Education, Maharishi Vastu architecture, and Gandharva Veda music. (more)

Expansion of holistic health programmes in France
13 July 2011 - Last year, hundreds of people in France enjoyed natural holistic health programmes including Maharishi Ayur-Veda consultations, spa treatments, and Maharishi Light Therapy with Gems. (more)


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France investigates reports of babies born without arms in rural areas
31 October 2018 - France has launched a nationwide investigation into why some two dozen babies have been born without hands or arms in a handful of rural areas since 2,000 after several new cases were reported this week, the health minister said on Wednesday (31 October). A separate investigation has also been opened into reports that calves and possibly chickens have been born without limbs in the same three heavily agricultural areas, an official told Reuters. (more)

Highly processed foods tied to increased risk of certain cancers
7 March 2018 - People who consume mostly packaged foods and drinks with lots of unpronounceable ingredients may be more likely to develop certain cancers than people who subsist mostly on whole foods found in nature, a French study suggests. Every 10 percent increase in the amount of heavily processed foods and drinks people consumed was associated with a 12 percent higher risk of developing all cancers and an 11 percent higher risk of developing breast cancer during the study, researchers report in The BMJ. (more)

France sees worst rains in 50 years, floods peak in Paris
29 January 2018 - Floodwaters reached a peak in Paris on Monday (29 January) and were threatening towns downstream along the rain-engorged Seine River as it winds through Normandy toward the English Channel. Rivers swollen by France's heaviest rains in 50 years have engulfed romantic quays in Paris, swallowed up gardens and roads, halted riverboat cruises -- and raised concerns about climate change. (more)

France: River Seine levels rise further as Paris braces for flood risk
27 January 2018 - The levels of the River Seine in Paris rose further on Saturday and were set to hit a peak this weekend, according to official estimates, and French authorities were on standby for any major flooding risk. The Seine's overflowing waters have already engulfed riverside walkways in Paris and led the Louvre museum to close a basement display of Islamic art. It has also resulted in ... swans swimming in places where there are usually pavements ... (more)

Rising temperatures and acidification threaten Mediterranean sea species
23 June 2017 - Water temperatures in the northwestern Mediterranean are increasing much faster than global averages, threatening the survival of several species, French researchers said. The researchers, who believe their findings apply to an area that includes Spain, France, and Italy, also said in a note summarizing their study that the water's acidity has increased by nearly seven percent. (more)

Many factors make France the top IS terror target in Europe
26 July 2016 - When militants loyal to the Islamic State group seek to inflict pain on Europe, France is their preferred target. Since January 2015, IS-inspired attackers have killed at least 235 people in France, by far the largest casualty rate of any Western country. French citizens or French-speaking residents have committed the overwhelming majority of strikes. Analysts agree that Islamic State propagandists particularly target France as a land anchored in secular values, liberal freedoms, and life's pleasures. But its colonial history, demographic tensions, and interventionist policies against militant Muslims abroad point to deeper reasons why anti-Western killers seek so ruthlessly to bring grief to France's door. (more)

The other Nice: hotbed for French jihadi recruiting
16 July 2016 - Best known as a Riviera tourist destination, Nice has been struggling to get a grip on its less prized distinction as France's prime recruiting ground for would-be jihadis. The hinterlands beyond the smart streets of the old city have seen dozens of its Muslim residents head to Syria in recent years to fight. 'Nice is the city which has been most hit by the jihadist phenomena,' said David Thomson, an expert on radicalization in France. 'There is one main reason behind it: since 2010, a charismatic character, known as one of the main recruiters of French jihadists, has been hugely active preaching in poor neighborhoods,' Thomson said. (more)

France: 84 dead, 202 hurt as truck hits Bastille Day crowd in Nice
15 July 2016 - French leaders extended the country's 8-month-old state of emergency Friday and vowed to deploy thousands of police reservists on the streets after a Tunisian man drove a truck through crowds celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, killing 84 people and wounding 202 others. The assault on revelers rocked a nation still dealing with the aftermath of two attacks in Paris last year that killed 147 people and were claimed by the Islamic State extremist group. French President Francois Hollande's government, whose popularity has plumbed record lows, has recently been buffeted by allegations that France's intelligence services have failed to get a handle on the country's jihadist threat. France has known for years that it is a top Islamic State target, and it is the biggest source for European recruits for IS, with more than 1,000 fighting in Syria or Iraq. (more)

Rain pummels France; Seine overflows its banks in Paris
1 June 2016 - Floods devastated regions across France on Wednesday -- in some areas, the worst seen in a century or more. The Seine River overflowed its banks, one French town was evacuated, travelers trapped on a submerged highway were rescued by soldiers, and boat cruises in Paris were cancelled. Meteorologists said more bad news is coming -- the waters are expected to keep rising for days. In neighboring Germany, floods hit an area of Bavaria near the Austrian border, inundating some small towns. (more)

1 man brain dead, 5 others hospitalized in French drug trial
15 January 2016 - One man was brain dead and three others faced possible permanent brain damage after volunteering to take part in a drug trial for a painkiller based on a natural brain compound similar to the active ingredient in marijuana, French authorities said Friday. French Health Minister Marisol Touraine said that in addition to treating pain, the drug was intended to ease mood and anxiety troubles as well as motor problems linked to neurodegenerative illnesses by acting on the endocannabinoid system. In 2006, Britain saw a similar incident, when six previously healthy men were treated for organ failure only hours after being given an experimental drug targeting the immune system. The six men in Britain now apparently have a higher risk of cancer and autoimmune diseases tied to their exposure to the experimental drug. (more)

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