Should France Leave the EU?
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Should France Leave the EU?

by kate added 1 year ago

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  • As long as France remains a Member State of the EU, it is forced to keep transferring some of its power to the EU in specified policy areas where France shares jurisdiction with all other Member States and the EU institutions1 With the aspiration of maintaining peace in Europe, France acted as one of the founding members of what has now become the EU2. However, along the process, France has sacrificed its autonomy only to be carrying the burden of the EU’s failures such as the Euro-crisis as well as the current Migration crisis. By leaving the EU, France would regain its autonomy and make decisions that first and foremost benefit the French population. In fact, France would regain autonomy in the policy areas where it is currently forced to share power with other Member States and the EU such as the “internal market rules; aspects of social policy; economic, social, and territorial cohesion; agriculture and aspects of fisheries; the environment; consumer protection; transport; trans-European networks; energy; freedom, security, and justice; aspects of public health; aspects of research and technological development and space; and aspects of development cooperation and humanitarian aid”3.

    On top of that, France would free itself from the undemocratic rule of the EU in areas where the EU is the sole authority such as the customs union, the common commercial policy, competition rules, and monetary policy for euro countries, including France. Right now, Brussels has too much power over France and French law. If France leaves the EU, it will no longer be a region governed by the EU, but instead it can wrestle back control from the EU and finally decide again about its own future. France would finally be free to introduce a new Franc and to establish the value of its own currency, allowing for a more favourable financial environment to boost French exports4

    1: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/atyourservice/en/displayFtu.html?ftuId=FTU_1.4.1.html

    2: https://europa.eu/european-union/about-eu/history/1945-1959_en

    3: http://www.euintheus.org/who-we-are/how-the-eu-works/

    4: http://www.cnbc.com/2017/02/06/what-happens-if-france-leaves-the-eu.html

    by kate added 1 year ago 0 0

    Despite being one of the main beneficiaries of the Common Agricultural Policy, the wages of French farmers are more volatile than the salaries in other sectors.1 French farmers are continuously struggling with the competitiveness challenge which is worsened by the EU. In general, French farmers suffer from unfair competition from the poorer countries in Europe and from countries with cheap labour. In fact, French farmers have much higher production costs than for example German or Spanish farmers.2

    In addition, due to the EU’s economic sanctions on Russia, European farmers are prevented from exporting their produce to Russia. In order to get rid of the overproduction of meat that cannot be sold to their original destination market, other European farmers are selling their produce at even lower costs in the European market. The French farmers are in no position to compete with these ridiculous prices from other EU countries, while being subjected to higher social charges. Therefore, the French farmers would be better off if France leaves the EU. Instead of EU aid, France could introduce a national system of quotas and subsidies customised to the circumstances of their farmers.3

    1 http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/sites/agriculture/files/cap-in-your-country/pdf/fr_en.pdf

    2 http://www.politico.eu/article/france-farmers-protests-hollande-pork-prices/

    3 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/25/french-farmers-hope-marine-le-pen-will-free-eu-straitjacket/

    by kate added 1 year ago 0 0

    If France goes out from EU, the country has to rely on own currency which has to be devalued first.

    France's import is higher than the export. However France imports most of its people's daily needs, the price of the imported goods will be lower than the before if France's own currency devalued.

    But, it'll not affect on the people as the average income of France is much higher than the that of most of the EU countries. So, the rise of the price of basic needs related products will not effect adversely.

    On the other hand, France will get more benefit from exports. Hence, the economy will be stronger. More foreign investment will enter in the country.

    by mohammad_fasih-ul added 1 year ago 0 0

    Reducing those who enter France to people that contribute to the society will reduce the number of terror attacks. This will free up police through out France to focus on the main borders of entry, Belgium, Germany, and Spain. This overall reduction in armed presence will free up many French citizens to more productive work, and reduce the amount of money spent on security measures. The overall reduction in costs plus the increse in productivity will allow the social services in France proper funding and will, if the French people so choose, expansion of these services.

    by michael added 1 year ago 0 1

    Nobody will ever forget the tragedy that instigated the statement that went viral: “Je suis Charlie”.1 It was in the aftermath of the first terrorist attack in France of 2015. If only it was the first attack.

    Unfortunately, France has been faced with terrorist attacks and bomb threats since 2012.2 While the general observation is that these terrorist are home-grown, many of them claim to act in the name of the Islamic State. Some argue that the lack of border controls has allowed for terrorist organisations to cooperate and inflict great harm upon the French population.3 Once France leaves the EU and no longer has to abide by the rules of the Schengen agreement, it could bring the borders back up in order to control who can(not) enter the country.

    This would enable the national security agencies in France to closely monitor any person traveling to or from France, especially considering the enormous influx of undocumented migrants amongst whom there might be potential terrorists disguised as refugees.4 Thus, by leaving the EU, France would become safer. Not to mention the safety concerns of the unregulated influx of migrants into France: the former Calais refugee camp soon turned into a “jungle” where even the safety of migrants could not be ensured.5 This is something France needs to prevent in the future. It could do so if it no longer has to wait for the EU to agree on a course of action to address the current migration crisis.

    1 http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-35108339

    2 http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-33288542

    3 https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-04-21/le-pen-says-asks-for-french-border- controls-to-be-restored-now

    https://euobserver.com/justice/136695

    https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2016/10/france-dismantles-the-jungle-in-calais/505481/

    by kate added 1 year ago 0 0