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French vs EU sanctions, what's the difference?


France is a member of the European Union and adopts EU sanctions, but they also have its own sanctions lists controlled by its own Treasury department (France Tresor).

Most countries within the EU do not have autonomous sanctions lists. For example, Bulgaria, Germany and Italy do not have domestic sanctions lists, but they impose sanctions levied by the European Union and actively partake in the EU's sanctions process.

Because France has its own autonomous sanctions list, it can add additional sanctions and does so actively, meaning that the French and EU lists are not the same, even if there is a significant amount of overlap.