PWYP France was the first national PWYP coalition, launched in 2003. Much of its work has focused on extractive transparency at EU level, with the coalition playing an important role in the introduction of mandatory disclosure rules in the EU. Following adoption of the Transparency and Accounting Directives in 2013, obliging EU-listed and registered companies to disclose their payments to governments, PWYP France engaged with the French government for the directives’ swift and effective implementation. The coalition also works on issues of tax justice and has forged strong partnerships with the movement in Francophone Africa. It has worked closely with coalitions in Senegal and Niger to conduct research projects.
French coalition member Oxfam France supported PWYP Niger’s campaign for a fair deal when Niger renegotiated extraction of its uranium with French nuclear giant Orano (formerly Areva). The analysis of the contract renegotiation concluded that Niger was losing out to Areva, despite what was announced as a “win-win deal”.