Category Archives: France

Press Releases & News from France distributed via EuropaWire

Thales Wins Neptune Contract to Enhance French Army’s Satellite Communications

(IN BRIEF) The French defence procurement agency (DGA) has awarded Thales the Neptune contract to provide 30 dual-band X/Ka satellite communication stations for the French Army. These stations will serve as OTP tactical communication nodes, supporting high-throughput satellite communications for … Read the full press release

SGS to Acquire Institut d’Expertise Clinique (IEC), Expanding Global Leadership in Cosmetics Testing

(IN BRIEF) SGS has announced its acquisition of Institut d’Expertise Clinique (IEC), a prominent Clinical Research Organization specializing in advanced clinical testing for the cosmetics industry. Founded in 1990 and based in France, IEC operates across Europe, Asia, and Africa, … Read the full press release

Saudi Arabia Orders Four Additional Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport Aircraft

(IN BRIEF) Saudi Arabia has ordered four additional Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft for the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF). These aircraft will begin conversion in early 2026 and enter service by 2027, enhancing RSAF’s air-to-air refuelling … Read the full press release

Papara Partners with Thales to Introduce World-First Personalization Solution for Payment Cards

(IN BRIEF) Thales has partnered with Turkish fintech leader Papara to launch the world’s first deployment of the SketchMyCard solution, allowing users to design personalized payment cards that showcase their creativity and individuality. This collaboration has led to increased card … Read the full press release

Thales and Naval Group Collaborate on Advanced Sonar System for Autonomous Underwater Vehicles

(IN BRIEF) Thales and Naval Group have joined forces to test an innovative passive omnidirectional hull-mounted sonar system aimed at enhancing the safety and autonomy of extra-large unmanned underwater vehicles (XL-UUVs). This collaborative effort, under the French defense procurement agency’s … Read the full press release

GTT Strategic Ventures Invests in Finnish Maritime Software Company Seaber.io

(IN BRIEF) GTT Strategic Ventures, alongside Counterview Capital, Lifeline Ventures, and Tesi, has invested in Finnish maritime software company Seaber.io. Based in Helsinki, Seaber.io specializes in digitalizing scheduling and chartering for bulk shipping, utilizing AI and machine learning for real-time … Read the full press release

Expanded Partnership Between Just – Evotec Biologics and Sandoz Enhances Biosimilar Development and Supply Security

(IN BRIEF) Just – Evotec Biologics and Sandoz have expanded their strategic partnership to advance the development and commercial manufacturing of biosimilars. This enhanced collaboration includes additional biosimilars in Sandoz’s pipeline and ensures long-term supply through Just – Evotec Biologics’ … Read the full press release

Thales Boosts Rocket Production at Belgian Site to Strengthen European Defense

(IN BRIEF) Thales Belgium has inaugurated a new assembly line at its Herstal facility, marking a significant expansion in the production of 70-mm laser-guided rockets. Supported by a €20 million investment and government backing, including from the Walloon Region and … Read the full press release

CNP Seguradora Secures Exclusive 20-Year Distribution Deal with Banco de Brasília

(IN BRIEF) CNP Seguradora, a subsidiary of CNP Assurances in Brazil, has signed a significant 20-year agreement with Banco de Brasília (BRB) for the exclusive distribution of consortium and capitalization products. This partnership aims to bolster CNP Assurances’ expansion strategy … Read the full press release

Carrefour Completes Acquisition of Cora and Match Banners from Louis Delhaize Group

(IN BRIEF) Carrefour has finalized the acquisition of the Cora and Match banners from the Louis Delhaize group for €1.05 billion, enhancing its foothold in the French food distribution market. The acquisition includes 60 Cora hypermarkets and 115 Match supermarkets, … Read the full press release

French Government Greenlights Neste’s Renewable Diesel for Public Fuel Stations

(IN BRIEF) Neste celebrates a pivotal regulatory milestone as the French government approves the sale of 100% renewable transport fuels, including Neste’s renewable diesel, at all public fuel stations across France. This decision expands access beyond logistics companies to private … Read the full press release

DNV to Utilize Advanced Lidar Technology at Bay of St. Brieuc Offshore Wind Farm

(IN BRIEF) DNV has been chosen by the Iberdrola Group to conduct power curve verification using advanced nacelle lidar technology at the Bay of St. Brieuc offshore wind farm in Brittany. This project, featuring 62 turbines with a capacity of … Read the full press release

TotalEnergies Expands Sustainable Lubricant Production with Tecoil Acquisition

(IN BRIEF) TotalEnergies has acquired Finnish company Tecoil, a leader in producing Re-Refined Base Oils (RRBOs) through an efficient used oil regeneration process. Tecoil operates a 50,000-ton RRBO facility in Finland and has developed a circular economy network for collecting … Read the full press release

TotalEnergies to Sell West of Shetland Assets to The Prax Group in Strategic Portfolio Realignment

(IN BRIEF) TotalEnergies has agreed to sell its entire stake in West of Shetland assets, including several fields and the Shetland Gas Plant, to The Prax Group. This transaction, pending regulatory approval, is part of TotalEnergies’ strategy to divest mature … Read the full press release

Nokia Plans EUR 350 Million Sale of ASN Submarine Networks Business to French State

(IN BRIEF) Nokia has entered into an agreement to sell its Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN) business to the French State’s Agence des participations de l’Etat (APE) for EUR 350 million. This strategic move aims to streamline Nokia’s Network Infrastructure portfolio, … Read the full press release

Thales Alenia Space Advances ASCEND Study for Space-Based Data Centers in European Green Initiative

(IN BRIEF) Thales Alenia Space has announced significant progress in the ASCEND (Advanced Space Cloud for European Net zero emission and Data sovereignty) feasibility study, funded by the European Commission under Horizon Europe. The initiative explores the viability of space-based … Read the full press release

Safran and MTU Launch EURA Alliance for Next-Gen European Military Helicopter Engine

(IN BRIEF) Safran Helicopter Engines and MTU Aero Engines have established a 50/50 joint venture named EURA (European Military Rotorcraft Engine Alliance). This alliance aims to develop a new European engine for future military helicopters by 2040, focusing on enhancing … Read the full press release

TotalEnergies Expands Offshore Presence in São Tomé and Príncipe with Block STP02 Acquisition

(IN BRIEF) TotalEnergies has entered into an agreement to acquire a 60% stake and operatorship in Block STP02 offshore São Tomé and Príncipe from the country’s national petroleum agency, ANP-STP. The remaining interests will be held by Sonangol (30%) and … Read the full press release

Thales Secures First EASA Design Verification Report for Light UAS, Boosting Long-Range Drone Operations

(IN BRIEF) Thales has become the first company to receive a Design Verification Report (DVR) from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for Light UAS SAIL III, using its ScaleFlyt avionics in the Aeromapper AVEM 300 CERBERE UAV. This … Read the full press release

Thales Alenia Space Launches ASTRA 1P Satellite to Enhance European Broadcast Capabilities

(IN BRIEF) Thales Alenia Space has successfully launched the ASTRA 1P communications satellite from Cape Canaveral, Florida, using a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Designed on the Spacebus NEO platform with all-electric propulsion, ASTRA 1P aims to deliver high-definition TV content … Read the full press release

H&M and Partners Celebrate Basquiat Collection in Parisian Showcase

(IN BRIEF) H&M, alongside Ev Bravado and Téla D’Amore, celebrated their collaborative collection inspired by Jean-Michel Basquiat in Paris. The event gathered celebrities, artists, and industry insiders to showcase the fusion of Basquiat’s art with modern fashion. Guests participated in … Read the full press release

Grupo Oesía and Thales Forge Strategic Alliance to Enhance Defence and Security Technologies

(IN BRIEF) Grupo Oesía and Thales have finalized a strategic collaboration agreement at the Eurosatory fair in Paris, aimed at advancing technology development in defence, security, aerospace, naval, digital transformation, and cybersecurity sectors. The partnership seeks to integrate their respective … Read the full press release

EURENCO and Thales Forge Strategic Partnership to Enhance Defense Supply Chains at EUROSATORY 2024

(IN BRIEF) EURENCO and Thales have announced a strategic partnership at EUROSATORY 2024 to enhance their supply chains for critical energy materials and components. This agreement ensures a secure procurement of materials such as powders and explosives essential for guided … Read the full press release

Natixis CIB Expands M&A Advisory Network with Strategic Investments in Tandem Capital Advisors and Emendo Capital

(IN BRIEF) Natixis Corporate & Investment Banking (Natixis CIB) has expanded its M&A advisory network by making strategic investments in two European boutiques, Tandem Capital Advisors in Belgium and Emendo Capital in the Netherlands. This move aims to strengthen Natixis … Read the full press release

Casino Group Enters Talks to Sell Corsican Retail Subsidiary Codim 2 to Auchan

(IN BRIEF) Casino Group has initiated exclusive negotiations with Auchan Retail France and Rocca to sell its subsidiary Codim 2, which operates various retail formats in Corsica. Codim 2, comprising hypermarkets, supermarkets, cash & carries, and drive-throughs, achieved a turnover … Read the full press release

Capgemini and Equigy Partner to Transform Europe’s Energy Grid with New Crowd Balancing Platform

(IN BRIEF) Capgemini has entered into a long-term agreement with Equigy, a collaborative platform of European Transmission Systems Operators (TSOs), to develop a Crowd Balancing Platform (CBP). This platform aims to optimize the management of electricity supply and demand across … Read the full press release

European Investors Gain Access to Artwork Trading Through CACEIS-ARTEX Collaboration

(IN BRIEF) CACEIS, a leading cash equity clearing provider in Europe, has expanded its clearing options by connecting to ARTEX Global Markets, a multilateral trading facility (MTF) where shares in iconic artworks are traded. This integration allows broker-dealers, market makers, … Read the full press release

Forest Management: New tool utilizes Copernicus satellite data and advanced artificial intelligence (AI) to map, mitigate, and prevent threats to EU forests

(IN BRIEF) The Horizon Europe-funded SWIFTT project introduces a tool using Copernicus satellite data and AI to combat forest threats like insect outbreaks, wildfires, and windthrow. This innovation aims to boost productivity and cost-effectiveness for forest managers and policymakers. Forests … Read the full press release

French Industry Leaders Launch Biotech Open Platform to Drive Innovation in Precision Fermentation

(IN BRIEF) French industry giants Danone and Michelin, in collaboration with American start-up DMC Biotechnologies and Crédit Agricole Centre France, announce the establishment of the Biotech Open Platform. This pioneering initiative aims to accelerate the development of precision fermentation processes, … Read the full press release

TotalEnergies Partners with Wood on $46M Contract to Enhance Energy Sustainability in Iraq

(IN BRIEF) Wood secures a $46 million contract over three years from TotalEnergies to provide engineering and consulting services for the Associated Gas Upstream Project in Iraq. The project aims to recover flared gas in the Basra region and includes … Read the full press release

Alstom to Revolutionize Bengaluru Metro with Advanced CBTC Signalling System

(IN BRIEF) Alstom, a global leader in smart mobility solutions, has secured a significant contract with Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation (BMRCL) for Phase 2 expansion. Valued at 96.2 million euros, the contract includes implementing a fully automated CBTC signalling system … Read the full press release

Atos Subsidiary Eviden Collaborates with Microsoft to Expedite SAP S/4HANA Migration

(IN BRIEF) Atos Group’s subsidiary, Eviden, announces a strategic collaboration with Microsoft to accelerate the adoption of “RISE with SAP” on Microsoft Azure. This partnership aims to establish a Dedicated Service Unit within Eviden, leveraging their combined expertise to facilitate … Read the full press release

“Other Side of Hope/9 days” Exhibition and Performance Opening in Paris

(IN BRIEF) A groundbreaking group exhibition curated by Dr. Wumen Ghua is set to open on Thursday, June 20, 2024, coinciding with the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere. Titled “Other Side of Hope/9 days,” the exhibition will take place … Read the full press release

SWIFTT: A Copernicus-based forest management tool to map, mitigate, and prevent the main threats to EU forests

The solution will increase forest management productivity and cost-effectiveness, and enable forest managers, authorities, and policymakers to deal with forest threats proactively (IN BRIEF) Insect outbreaks, wildfires, and windthrow pose significant threats to European forests, exacerbated by climate change-induced extreme … Read the full press release

CMA CGM Group Unveils Seasonal Initiative FRENCH PEAK SERVICE to Strengthen Asia-Europe Shipping Routes

(IN BRIEF) CMA CGM Group introduces the FRENCH PEAK SERVICE, a seasonal initiative aimed at addressing the sudden surge in maritime transport demand between Asia, Northern Europe, and the Mediterranean. This service involves deploying seven additional vessels with a capacity … Read the full press release

Lee Ufan Arles and Maison Guerlain Unveil the Art & Environment Prize: Celebrating Creativity with Global Impact

(IN BRIEF) Lee Ufan Arles and Maison Guerlain have united forces to establish the Art & Environment Prize in 2023, an annual accolade celebrating artworks that encapsulate universal significance and philosophical depth resonating with Lee Ufan’s ethos, while also embodying … Read the full press release

French Guiana Makes Olympic History with Torch Relay Debut

(IN BRIEF) French Guiana made history as the first French overseas territory to host the Olympic Torch Relay, showcasing its stunning landscapes and cultural heritage. The relay, organized by the French Federation for judo, featured local celebrities like Lucie Décosse … Read the full press release

Technicolor Group’s Global Leadership Celebrates the Premiere of LIFE Song’s French Version at UNESCO Event

(IN BRIEF) At the UNESCO event ‘Connecting People and Planet through Education’ held at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France, on May 30, 2024, Technicolor Group’s global leadership played a pivotal role in unveiling the French language rendition of the … Read the full press release

CEB Award Recognizes Warsaw Ukrainian School’s Exceptional Efforts in Refugee Integration

(IN BRIEF) The Warsaw Ukrainian School (SzkoUA) receives the prestigious CEB Award for Social Cohesion for its outstanding efforts in integrating refugee children from Ukraine, offering a dual Ukrainian-Polish curriculum and prioritizing mental well-being through access to psychological support. Established … Read the full press release

Airbus H145 Helicopters Chosen by HTM for Offshore Wind Transport Solutions

(IN BRIEF) HTM Helicopters has initiated an order for an Airbus H145 helicopter, with an option for two more of the same model, to bolster their fleet for offshore wind operations along the coasts of Germany and France. Bernd Brucherseifer, … Read the full press release