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NEWS COVERAGE - FRANCE

ECONOMY AND BUSINESS NEWS FROM THE PAST WEEK
February 6th, 2015
Business Sweden in Paris

FRANCE: FRENCH HOUSEHOLD CONSUMPTION COULD
INCREASE BY 1% IN 2015
 Economists predict an increase of 1 % of French household consumption due to the fall in oil prices
 Oil constitutes 10 % of the total French household consumption basket
 The fall in oil prices could relapse 6-8 Bn€ in the French economy, yielding an average disposable income of 200 €
per household
 Low interest rate coupled with greater purchasing power would thus stimulate consumption rather than saving
 Conversely though, the high unemployment rate could possibly restrain potential consumption, if households would
save the surplus of purchasing power
French households consumption of
goods and services, evolution in %
2,6%
2,2%

2,4%
1,7%
0,5%

0,4%

0,1%

'05

'06

'07

'08

'09

'10

0,2% 0,3%

-0,5%
'11 '12 '13

'14

SOURCE: 1
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FRANCE: ALSTOM SIGNS A CONTRACT WORTH 518 M€
WITH SOCIÉTÉ DU GRAND PARIS, STIF AND RATP
 Immediate order of 518 M€ consisting of 35 new trains to improve the Parisian metro network
 The contract with Société du Grand Paris, Union of transports in the Paris region and RATP has a length of 15 years
with the potential of attaining 2 Bn€
 Included in the project scope is the extension of the metro line 14 in order to connect with Paris Orly Airport
 Introduction of self-propelled trams is projected into 2021

 Alstom has also been listed by SNCF as a potential provider of the next generation of RER trains
 The decision whether or not Alstom will be in charge of the construction, will be taken in the coming months

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FRANCE: SCA INVESTS IN NEW WATER PURIFICATION
FACILITIES, ANTICIPATING EU REGULATIONS
 SCA France anticipates the EU’s water purification regulations, which will be implemented in 2018
 First investment of 3,5 M€ in biological treatment facilities in 2013 at the Gien plant in the Loiret region
 Second in investment of 2 M€ by installing lagoons to filter the water at the Kunheim plant in the Haut-Rhin region
1.

First mechanical filtration and cooling of the water

2.

Final filtration through so-called ”lagoons” where the water is filtered trough gravel, reed and bacteria that digests
remaining organic matter

3.

A draining system finally transports the water into the Rhine river

 The investment will enable SCA to filter 3000 cubic meters of water per day, which would be cleaner than what is
required by future regulations, according to SCA officials

SOURCE: 3
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FRANCE: SEGOLENE ROYAL ADVOCATES FOR ELECTRIC
CARS, AIMING FOR CLEANER AIR IN FRENCH CITIES
 The French Minister of Ecology, sustainable Developement and Energy advocates for better air conditions in the the
French cities
 Identification of several measures, to be launched before the summer:
1.

Labels identifying non polluting cars enableing free parking, usage of buss lines and permission to drive during
pollutions peaks

2.

Subsidies amounting to €10 000 when buying an electric car or €6 500 when buying a hybrid car

3.

Tax reductions for households when installing charging terminals

4.

Subisdy of €500 when replacing an old diesel driven car by a car emitting less than 110 g CO2/km

 The French Energy minister wants 7 million charging terminals for electric cars to be installed in France by 2030

SOURCE: 4, 5, 6 & 7

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FRANCE: IKEA FOCUSES ON ECO-FRIENDLY TRANSPORT
SOLUTIONS FOR ITS’ CUSTOMERS IN PARIS
 IKEA in Paris purchases new delivery trucks driven on biomethane
 Investment synchronized with the Parisian mayor’s decision of banning polluting trucks from the streets of inner Paris
starting the 1st of July 2015
 IKEA stores in the Paris region have recently installed electric car charging terminals to further facilitate the access to
the company’s stores
 The Paris region is the first to adopt an environmental friendly delivery system
 According to sources, other IKEA stores in Lyon, Marseille, Lille and Grenoble will also have invested in trucks of the
same type as in Paris by the end of 2015

SOURCE: 8 & 9
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SOURCES
1. Les Echos 02/02/2015, Les ménages tireront la croissance,
http://www.lesechos.fr/journal20150202/lec1_france/0204122765564-les-menages-tireront-la-croissance-1089042.php
2. Les Echos 02/02/15, Grand Paris Express: premier mégacontrat pour Alstom,
http://www.lesechos.fr/journal20150202/lec2_industrie_et_services/0204124549450-grand-paris-express-premier-megacontrat-pour-alstom1089014.php
3. Les Echos 04/02/2015, Le lagunage gagne les eaux industrielles,
http://www.lesechos.fr/journal20150204/lec2_industrie_et_services/0204097613769-le-lagunage-gagne-les-eaux-industrielles-1089829.php
4. Le Parisien 04/02/2015, Royal prône le retour de la pastille verte pour les véhicules les moins polluants,
http://www.leparisien.fr/societe/royal-prone-le-retour-de-la-pastille-verte-pour-les-vehicules-les-moins-polluants-04-02-2015-4505143.php
5. Usine Nouvelle 04/02/2015, Ségolène Royal annonce un certificat de qualité de l'air pour les voitures et confirme le superbonus écologique,
http://www.usinenouvelle.com/article/segolene-royal-annonce-un-certificat-de-qualite-de-l-air-pour-les-voitures-et-confirme-le-superbonusecologique.N311459
6. Les Echos 05/02/2015, Diesel : nouvelle prime à la casse de 500 euros,
http://www.lesechos.fr/politique-societe/societe/0204134747490-diesel-nouvelle-prime-a-la-casse-de-500-euros-1090175.php
7. Europe1 04/02/2014, Voitures électriques : le bonus de 10.000 euros en vigueur en avril,
http://www.europe1.fr/consommation/vehicule-electrique-bientot-un-bonus-de-10-000-euros-2363397
8. LSA 02/02/2015, Avec ses camions biométhane, Ikea effectue des livraisons plus vertes dans Paris,
http://www.lsa-conso.fr/avec-ses-camions-biomethane-ikea-effectue-des-livraisons-plus-vertes-dans-paris,199990

9. Les Echos 28/01/2015, Cars et poids lourds bientôt interdits dans Paris,
http://www.lesechos.fr/industrie-services/tourisme-transport/0204114866793-cars-et-poids-lourds-polluants-bientot-interdits-dans-paris-1087717.php

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