This week, some are focusing on the recent fire that broke out in Notre-Dame cathedral, while others are looking at Bruno Le Maire, the French Finance Minister. According to Le Maire, EU member states should implement the same crypto regulations the French parliament approved last week.
Here’s what we know.
French Crypto Regulations are Key, According to Le Maire
Last week, France’s parliament approved a law called the Pacte (Action Plan for Business Change) law, which pertains to cryptocurrencies. The law also deals with other business plans. According to Reuters, the new law will attract crypto traders to the Western European country. It will do so by giving these traders recognition and taxing their profits in return. The goal of this new law is to create a market in Paris, says Reuters.
Other sources say that at a blockchain event in Paris, Le Maire told those who attended that he plans to “propose to my European partners that we set up a single regulatory framework on crypto-assets inspired by the French experience.” He also reportedly said that the French model “is the right one.”
Will EU Member States Bite?
It will be interesting to see if EU member states decide to listen to Le Maire and adopt French crypto regulations. After all, cryptocurrencies are either banned or unregulated in most parts of the world.
If Le Maire were to propose this (like he said he would), the relationship countries have with cryptocurrencies may change.
While there are places in the world that are regulating digital currencies in their own ways—Malaysia just regulated them back in January—it will be interesting to see if the European Union develops one stance on cryptocurrencies,