By CCN Markets: Facebook’s unveiling of Libra, its cryptocurrency project coming in 2020, has caught the attention of many, including the French Finance Minister. Bruno Le Maire, speaking on French Radio, has said that this new cryptocurrency cannot operate as a sovereign currency. Facebook’s Libra project intends to introduce a digital currency for usage on its platforms. However, this is raising several economic issues. Concerns on its regulation, and the status of this currency, are up for debate with Le Maire giving some stern warnings. Stern Libra warning With its reach of over 2.3 billion users, Facebook’s cryptocurrency could well call
The National Assembly in France has recently shot down proposals to ease up the pressure on tax regulations in the crypto space.
As reported by Bitcoin.fr, there recently existed a series of proposals to present a friendlier environment to cryptocurrency firms in France, none of which were able to pass the lower house of the nation’s legislature.
The report listed several proposed amendments to the French tax code, many of which hardly seem like radical ideas. For example, Amendment 399 was apparently intended to clarify distinctions between occasional usage of crypto assets with routine transactions, without any reference to trying to take advantage of either classification. A similar amendment to defer payment of capital gains taxes until crypto assets were converted into fiat also failed.
The French financial watchdog, the Financial Markets Regulator (AMF), has blacklisted four more cryptocurrency websites in their ongoing mission to stamp out unauthorized crypto firms. As news of riots in France batter the world news, the AMF is also using strong-arm tactics to keep then nation’s crypto sector honest and in-check with their latest move.
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Two French legislators have made a number of proposals aimed at turning France into a leading force in the development of the industry built around cryptocurrencies. One of the ideas is to allow crypto mining companies to take advantage of preferential electricity prices.
‘France Must Have Its Own Mining Farms’
As part of a parliamentary mission to explore the implementation of crypto and blockchain technologies in France’s economy, two pro-crypto deputies, Jean-Michel Mis and Laure de La Raudière, have put forward a proposal to recognize mining as an “electro-intensive activity.” That status would allow cryptocurrency miners to pay for the electricity needed for their facilities at preferential rates.
Two pro-crypto members of the French Parliament (Parlement français) want the country to invest up to 500 million euros in blockchain programs to elevate France as a “blockchain nation.” Deputies Jean-Michel Mis and Laure de La Raudière released a report on Dec. 12 outlining 20 proposals to support the development and mainstream adoption of blockchain,
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France has one of the toughest regulatory environments in Europe and the world generally when it comes to finance and specifically cryptocurrency. The country has in recent times taken a few cursory steps toward becoming a hub of ICO activity, but strict enforcement of crypto regulations is the cost of doing business in a well-connected
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Team Vitality, a Paris-based esports team, has reportedly closed a $ 22.7 million investment round from London-based entrepreneur Tej Kohli, a self-made billionaire and philanthropist. According to the announcement, Team Vitality plans to use the funding to build out its office and training facility, in addition to expanding its footprint in Southeast Asia and China. The investment itself, […]
The French version of the SEC, the Autorité des marchés financiers, along with the Banque de France issued a statement Monday regarding the intentions of KeplerK, a company which was previously reported to have gotten approval and is planning to partner with tobacco shop operators to sell Bitcoin in their stores across the country. It seems
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French cryptocurrency adoption and usage are set to receive a minor boost from next year, as the French Prudential Supervision and Resolution Authority (ACPR), a regulatory offshoot of the Banque de France has granted permission for tobacco shops in the country to sell bitcoin from January 1, 2019. According to a news report from Europe
According to a French news website, France’s lower house of parliament (Assemblée Nationale) has backed a proposed plan from its finance commission which will effectively bring the taxes on bitcoin gains in line with other capital gains taxes in the country. At present, bitcoin sales are taxed about 20 percent more than traditional capital gains
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French lawmakers have adopted an amendment to the 2019 budget bill that will cut capital gains tax on bitcoin sales to 30 percent from 36.2 percent. This will bring cryptocurrency transactions in line with other non-real estate assets, which are taxed at a flat rate of 30 percent.
Amendment Awaits Approval by Parliament
The budget amendment was adopted by a finance commission in France’s lower house of parliament, a Reuters report said. But it must first be approved “in the final version of the budget bill by the broader parliament in order to become law.” If approved, the new tax will come into force in January.
“The GDPR, and more generally the classical principles of personal data protection, were conceived in a world where the management of data was centralized within specific entities. In this regard, the decentralized model of data governance embodied by blockchain and the multiplicity of actors involved in the processing of data complicate the definition of the roles of each one.” Blockchain: Premiers éléments d’analyse de la CNIL (unofficial translation).
In late September 2018, France became the first EU member state to release official guidance on the complicated interplay between the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and blockchain technology. The Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés (CNIL) guidance is complex and nuanced but suggests some important takeaways about blockchain GDPR compliance.
France’s Financia Business School, which offers post-graduate courses in financial and blockchain technology, now allows students to pay their fees in cryptocurrency. Since the institution introduced the measure, about half a dozen students have paid in BTC for the 2018 academic year.
Cryptocurrency to Cut Transfer Costs for Foreign Students
A quarter of the Financia Business School’s enrolment is foreign, with many students having to shoulder complex and punitive money transfer costs. The acceptance of cryptocurrency for fees makes it easier for foreign students to cut these costs and transact with ease, said the Paris-based college.
Eric Larchevêque, CEO and co-founder of cryptocurrency hardware wallet-maker Ledger, has won a French award for the startup leader whose model has the greatest potential internationally.
The prestigious regional prize in Ernst & Young’s (EY) 26th Entrepreneur of the Year 2018 awards, located in France, is “Startup of the Year.” Ledger’s Eric Larchevêque can lay claim to this award, as well as the “Born Global Award” for the international potential of his startup Ledger.
International Success for Ledger
Ledger’s potential has already turned into an international success. A few days ago, the reputable cryptocurrency hardware wallet manufacturer announced that it had achieved sales of 1.3 million units.
IBM has been flirting with blockchain technology for years. The former PC manufacturer has quietly built multiple blockchain technologies while more obviously innovating in spaces like artificial intelligence with its Watson technology. One area of keen interest as to what the blockchain is capable of is product information, tracking, and so forth. More specifically, food
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On September 23, 2018, the Bitcoin Foundation sent a letter to the French Parliament asking that they reject a new crypto asset amendment being proposed in the PACTE Bill, which deals with the growth and transformation of France’s businesses and the country’s employee savings.
The amendment was suggested by members of France’s new social liberal party La Republique En Marche (LREM) on September 21, 2018. Should the amendment pass, it would allow the French government to adopt the recommendations of what’s known as the Landau report, a proponent of New York’s BitLicense.
A French security official with the Direction Générale de la Sécurité Intérieure (DGSI) was indicted last week and taken into custody on charges of selling state secrets in exchange for payments in bitcoin. According to local French media Le Parisien, the unnamed agent was allegedly arrested for peddling economic information and falsifying administrative documents. Protecting French
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Ever wanted to find out more about secret and special operations in France? Ever wondered what secrets exist at a government level? Well, according to reports out today, an unidentified agent from the General Directorate for Internal Security (GDIS) has been selling French state secrets on the dark web in exchange for Bitcoin.
We’re not sure this goes the right way for Bitcoin adoption, but I guess it does give the currency another use value right?
The legal saga surrounding alleged bitcoin launderer Alexander Vinnik continues to grow more complicated, as law enforcement officials in three separate countries jockey for the authorization to extradite the alleged BTC-e administrator from Greece, where is currently in local police custody. Russian state-operated news service TASS reports that French investigators questioned Vinnik on Monday in
France’s Finance Minister, Bruno Le Maire, is the latest high profile person to embrace the power of crypto as he realizes the benefits that virtual currencies offer.
We know that cryptocurrency prices have a reputation for taking investors on a rollercoaster ride. Bitcoin was trading at over $ 20k one week, then dropping to $ 8k a few weeks later. However, this pendulum swinging isn’t just reserved for the markets.
Prominent figures who initially had one opinion on crypto are doing a 180 and adopting a completely different outlook (ahem, Jamie Dimon). France’s Finance Minister, Bruno Le Maire, is yet another Bitcoin backtracker in the wake of crypto discussions held during the recent G20 summit in Argentina.