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The French Insurance Federation (FFA) and four trade unions – CFDT, CFE-CGC, CFTC and UNSA – have signed an innovative agreement on the recognition and development of trade union career paths in the insurance sector, with the aim of ensuring the conditions exist for the sustainable development of the presence and activities of trade unions within the industry.


Insurers have so far recorded almost 20,000 claims following the floods that hit the Alpes-Maritimes and Var departments between 22 and 24 November. The total cost of the insured damage is estimated at 285 million Euros for this period alone.


Taking the opportunity of Climate Finance Day 2019, to be held on 29 November in Paris, French insurers and reinsurers are wholeheartedly renewing their commitment to fighting global warming. The third edition of their Baromètre ESG-climat (Environmental, social, governance and climate barometer), published today, shows that the sector made significant progress in responsible investment in 2018. In addition, in keeping with the commitment it made on 2 July 2019, the FFA is passing on new NGO recommendations for defining a coal strategy.


Representatives of the main French, European and international actors in insurance met at the FFA on 25 October to discuss the major issues facing the sector. The event brought together more than 200 attendees – representatives of insurance and reinsurance undertakings, supervisory authorities, journalists – with some twenty influential speakers, including Bruno Le Maire, French Minister for the Economy and Finance, Jacques de Larosière, former managing director at the IMF, Michaela Koller, director general of Insurance Europe, Pierre Gramegna, Luxembourg’s Finance Minister, and François Villeroy de Galhau, governor of the Banque de France.


Florence Lustman has today taken up her position as President, a position to which she was unanimously elected by the French Insurance Federation’s General Meeting on 18 June this year.


At its meeting today, the Executive Board of the French Insurance Federation appointed its three vice-chairs: 

- Jean-François Lequoy, chairman of the French Association of Bancassurance Companies (GFB), chief executive officer of Natixis Assurances; he succeeds Pierre de Villeneuve, chairman of the Board of Directors of BNP PARIBAS Cardif.

- Thierry Martel, chairman of the French Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (AAM), chief executive officer of Groupama Assurances Mutuelles; he succeeds Pascal Demurger, chief executive officer of the French Teachers Mutual Insurance Society (MAIF).

- Jacques Richier, chairman of the French Federation of Public Limited Insurance Companies (FFSAA) and chairman and chief executive officer of Allianz France, whose term of office as chairman of the FFSAA comes to an end on 31 December 2019.


At the occasion of a meeting with Bruno Le Maire, French Minister for the Economy and Finance, the main professional bodies and associations representing the Paris Financial Center (ASF-French Association of Financial Companies , AFG–French Asset Management Association, FBF-French Banking Federation, FFA-French Insurance Federation, France Invest- French association of private equity actors, Paris EUROPLACE and Finance for Tomorrow) announced today in a joint declaration new collective commitments to combat climate change and contribute to achieving the goal of net zero carbon by the year 2020.


Florence Lustman to succeed Bernard Spitz as chair of the FFA from 1 October 2019.


The FFA’s three vice-chairs have decided to propose to the General Meeting to be held on 18 June that Florence Lustman, finance director at Banque Postale, be appointed president of the FFA, to take office on 1 October 2019.

They thank Bernard Spitz for the service he has given to the insurance industry for more than ten years and for creating the Federation. They have asked Bernard Spitz to continue in his role as chair of the FFA until 30 September 2019 to ensure continuity for projects under way in the industry. 


On 31 March, the Ministry of Labour published the order approving Atlas, the skills operator for the consultancy, digital, banking and insurance sectors. Atlas brings together a total of 13 high-value-added professional branches in the services sector and will be put in place gradually during 2019.


The French Insurance Federation is publishing the practical guide “Saving responsibly is possible, thanks to my life insurance!” to support individuals in making savings decisions and provide them with a clear understanding of responsible products.


The association Mission Handicap Assurance (MHA), created by the FFA in 2016 to promote the employment of people with disabilities in insurance companies, is to make a grant to the Conférence des Grandes Ecoles to enable students to study abroad, beginning this year.


The FFA publishes the results of the second edition of the risks barometer for the French insurance and reinsurance sector. Cyber risk remains at the top of the list, while the risk of social tension has grown significantly and is now the second most significant short-term risk.


56 years after the Elysée Treaty was signed, the French Insurance Federation (FFA) and the German Insurance Association (GDV) welcome the initiative of the German and French governments to strengthen their cooperation in the area of European politics within the framework of the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle and to deepen political, economic and social integration between the two countries.


Insurers pay their respects to the victims of the explosion in the rue de Trévise and pay special tribute to the courage of the firefighters.  They express their solidarity with the loved ones of all those affected by this tragedy.


The supplementary health insurers that are members of the French Insurance Federation have decided to demonstrate their solidarity with their insured parties in the present difficult economic and social situation.


Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University and the French Insurance Federation today signed the agreement establishing the first chair of the Panthéon-Sorbonne Foundation: "Insurance and Society, historicity of knowledge and practice of interdisciplinarity.”


The French Insurance Federation undertakes to support and promote the UNEP-FI’s Principles for Sustainable Insurance.


On a visit today to the Aude department, Bernard Spitz, president of the French Insurance Federation, emphasised the commitment of insurers who are doing all they can to speed up the claims process.


How can we push back the limits of insurability in a changing world? To discuss this, almost 20 prestigious speakers gathered on 26 October 2018 at the premises of the French Insurance Federation.