Shale gas case in France isn't closed

PARIS, May 4 (UPI) -- The case for the production of shale natural gas using hydraulic fracturing isn't necessarily closed in France, the economy minister said from Paris.

France willing to tap strategic oil stocks

PARIS, March 30 (UPI) -- France is willing to release oil from its strategic reserves to help tamp down the soaring world price of crude oil, Energy Minister Eric Besson says.
Washington, Paris, London mull tapping oil

Washington, Paris, London mull tapping oil

PARIS, March 29 (UPI) -- Washington has asked Paris to join the United States and Britain in mulling tapping oil reserves to ease rising gasoline prices, France's energy minister said.

France at 'war' with corporate espionage

PARIS, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- French Industry Minister Eric Besson said leaks of corporate secrets at automaker Renault were the equivalent of an "economic war."

Ministers lash out at deportation backlash

PARIS, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Cabinet members at the center of France's deportation policy on Roma -- or gypsies -- have rejected criticism from the European Union justice commissioner.

EU may sue Paris over Roma case

BRUSSELS, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- The European Union is ready to take Paris to court following claims that French police targeted Roma gypsies, an EU justice official said.

France won't stop Roma deportations

PARIS, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- France will still deport Roma despite the European Union's call for deportations to stop, French Immigration Minister Eric Besson said.

France defends gypsy expulsions

BRUSSELS, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- A French government minister says his country's policy of deporting gypsies has been mischaracterized and subjected to "grotesque" attacks.
France sending Roma home

France sending Roma home

PARIS, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- The government of France says it plans to fly some 700 Roma back to their country of origin by the end of August.

UNHCR urges France to help Calais campers

CALAIS, France, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- France's decision to close makeshift settlements housing undocumented foreigners in Calais is a dangerous one for the immigrants, the United Nations says.

France stops controversial DNA testing law

PARIS, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- The French government is shelving a planned law that would have authorized DNA tests for immigrants seeking to join their relatives in France.
France to shut down Calais migrant camp

France to shut down Calais migrant camp

CALAIS, France, April 24 (UPI) -- French Immigration Minister Eric Besson said his country will close the migrant camp in the town of Calais by the end of the year.

French arrest 190 would-be immigrants

CALAIS, France, April 21 (UPI) -- Some 300 police officers in the French port city of Calais Tuesday arrested 190 squatters suspected of trying to find a way into Britain, officials said.
Eric Besson
France's Junior Minister for Public Policy Eric Besson arrives at the Elysee Palace to attend the first weekly cabinet meeting of the newly named government in Paris on May 18, 2007. (UPI Photo/William Alix)

Éric Besson (born 2 April 1958 in Marrakech, Morocco) is a French politician and Minister of Industry, Energy and the Digital economy under the Minister of Economy, Finance and Industry, Christine Lagarde. He was previously, from 2009 to 2010, Minister of Immigration, Integration, National Identity and Mutually-Supportive Development in the government of François Fillon.

He left the Socialist Party in 2007 to found The Progressives, a social democratic affiliate party of Nicolas Sarkozy's Union for a Popular Movement (UMP). He has been Deputy Secretary-General of the UMP since 2009.

Eric Besson was born in Morocco. His mother is from Lebanon and his father, a flight instructor in the French Air Force, was killed in a flight accident three months before Éric's birth. At 17, he settled with his family at Montélimar, France and studied at École supérieure de commerce in Montpellier, then in the Institut d'études politiques de Paris. Besson joined the French car company, Renault, then worked for Challenges, a business monthly, before joining the Vivendi foundation.

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