Log in
Forgot password ?
Become a member for free
Sign up
Sign up
Dynamic quotes 

4-Traders Homepage  >  News


Latest NewsCompaniesMarketsEconomy & ForexCommoditiesInterest RatesHot NewsMost Read NewsRecomm.Business LeadersCalendar 

EU Sees No Need for Contingency Plan for French Elections, Says Spokeswoman

share with twitter share with LinkedIn share with facebook
share via e-mail
04/21/2017 | 01:06pm CEST

By Laurence Norman

BRUSSELS--The European Union is strong enough to survive a euro-skeptic victory in the coming French presidential elections and the EU's executive sees no need for contingency planning ahead of the vote, a European Commission spokeswoman said on Friday.

Elections are a "normal part of democracy," Mina Andreeva told reporters at the commission's daily briefing.

"And that is why we don't see a reason for contingency planning. This is not a crisis. This is an opportunity for democracy," she said.

Ms. Andreeva said European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has already "expressed his confidence that the European Union is strong enough to survive even if a euro-skeptic would win the election."

She added: "He would want the pro-European forces to be strong but again, this is now for the French electorate to express their opinion."

France goes to the polls Sunday in what has become a tight four-way race for president which includes far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen and far-left candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon.

The two candidates receiving the most first-round votes will go through to a second ballot on May 7.

Mr. Melenchon and Ms. Le Pen have both proposed returning EU responsibilities to Paris. Their proposals could, via different routes, take France out of the euro and, like Britain, out of the EU.

Write to Laurence Norman at [email protected]

share with twitter share with LinkedIn share with facebook
share via e-mail
Latest news
Date Title
05:38p SIGNET JEWELERS LTD. : SIG The Law Offices of Vincent Wong Reminds Investors of Commencement of a Class Action Involving Signet Jewelers Limited and a Lead Plaintiff Deadline of July 5, 2017
05:38p ENERGEN : to Present at J.P. Morgan 2017 Energy Equity Conference
05:35p Levi & Korsinsky, LLP Announces an Investigation Into Whether the Sale of CardConnect Corp. to First Data Corporation for $15 Per Share is Fair to Shareholders
05:35p CURETIS : Reports Results of the Annual Shareholder Meeting Held on June 23, 2017
05:34p FOXCONN TECHNOLOGY : Snyder urges Michigan House to OK incentives to land Foxconn
05:34p ISE IRISH STOCK EXCHANGE : Buy-Back Announcement
05:34p MIDLAND COUNTY MI : June 23, 2017 Flood Road Closures
05:34p SYNGENTA : Growth Energy partnering to promote E15 at the American Ethanol E15 250
05:34p NEW ULM TELECOM : Increases 2nd Quarter 2017 Dividend
05:34p NEW ULM TELECOM : NU-Telecom Holds Annual Meeting and Board of Directors Election
Latest news
Hot News 
15.48%IMAGINATION TECHNOLOGIES : U.K. Chip Designer Puts Itself on Block -- WSJ
0.46%Accenture unloads $1.6 billion in pension liabilities to AIG, MassMutual
-1.82%FTSE struggles one year on from Brexit, haunted by uncertainty
-1.03%A year after Brexit vote, European and UK shares diverge
-0.74%VOLKSWAGEN : VW waives appeal against German dieselgate compensation cases
Most Read News
02:48aDJJEFF BEZOS : Blind Faith in Bezos May Sting Investors -- WSJ
06/22 WARREN BUFFETT : 'Bailout' Buffett burnishes 'lender of last resort' image
10:22a BLACKBERRY : misses forecasts as services sales fall
05:50aDJGlobal Shares Pause as Oil Price Continues to Drag -- Update
06/22 EXCLUSIVE : China Unicom counts Alibaba, Tencent among investors in drive to raise $10 billion - sources
Most recommended articles
11:29a VW brand is cutting jobs more quickly than planned -HR boss
11:28a MARKETS ONE YEAR AFTER BREXIT VOTE : it all comes down to the pound
11:27a GLENCORE : in bidding war with China to buy Rio coal assets
11:26a Europe faces Herculean challenge to develop new fighter jet
11:19a Cobalt 27 aims to tap electric car revolution with $150 million IPO