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Macron replaces French PM after election rout

Jul 03, 2020 - 6:32 PM

(UPDATED) The new premier, Jean Castex, is totally unknown to many in France until now and is officially a member of the right-wing opposition to Emmanuel Macron's centrists

RESIGNATION. In this file photo taken on December 11, 2019, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe unveils the details of a pension reform plan before the CESE (Economic, Social and Environmental Council) in Paris, as hundreds of thousands of people demonstrated the day before on the sixth day of a general strike. File photo by Thomas Samson/Pool/AFP

Merkel, Macron meet as Germany takes on high-stakes EU presidency

Jun 29, 2020 - 1:52 PM

Berlin's chairing of the bloc will be its last with Merkel in charge, and could be the one that defines the legacy of the leader dubbed the 'eternal chancellor'

ANGELA MERKEL. German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives to attend the weekly cabinet meeting on June 24, 2020 at the Chancellery in Berlin. (Photo by Hannibal Hanschke/AFP

Macron braces for setback in French local polls

Jun 28, 2020 - 6:26 PM

Analysts expect the election will confirm that French President Emmanuel Macron's centrist party has failed to gain a strong foothold at the local level

FRENCH LOCAL POLLS. A volunteer wearing a face mask and face shield stands outside the polling station during the second round of the French municipal elections on June 28, 2020 in the French Riviera city of Nice. Photo by Valery Hache/AFP

Looming election rout ups stakes for France's president

Jun 23, 2020 - 1:11 PM

French President Emmanuel Macron's Republic on the Move party is fighting a losing battle for town halls in the vote while the president's personal popularity has slipped again

MACRON. French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech at the residence of French Defense Ministry on the eve of Bastille Day, on July 13, 2019, in Paris. File photo by Kamil Zihnioglu/AFP

Macron says France has scored its 'first victory' against virus

Jun 15, 2020 - 9:57 AM

Macron says all of mainland France, including Paris, would go into a 'green zone' of a lower state of alert starting Monday

French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech after a visit to a factory of manufacturer Valeo in Etaples, near Le Touquet, northern France on May 26, 2020 as part of the launch of a plan to rescue the French car industry. (Photo by Ludovic MARIN / POOL / AFP)

Macron unveils 8-billion-euro French auto rescue, champions electric cars

May 27, 2020 - 7:30 AM

French President Emmanuel Macron details a plan to boost the coronavirus-hit auto industry in France, the home of Renault, Citroen, and Peugeot

French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech after a visit to a factory of manufacturer Valeo in Etaples, near Le Touquet, northern France on May 26, 2020 as part of the launch of a plan to rescue the French car industry. (Photo by Ludovic MARIN / POOL / AFP)

Macron, Merkel agree 500-billion-euro virus recovery plan for Europe

May 19, 2020 - 7:00 AM

The Merkel-Macron plan now faces a potentially painful negotiation with all 27 member states of the European Union and then a vote in European Parliament

German Chancellor Angela Merkel listens during a joint press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron, who attends via video link, at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, on May 18, 2020 on the effects of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Kay NIETFELD / POOL / AFP)

French gov't wins key victory for controversial pensions overhaul

Mar 04, 2020 - 10:24 PM

Trade unions and opposition parties slam the move as anti-democratic, but their calls for fresh protests against a bill that triggered the crippling French transport strike this winter went largely unheeded

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY. French Junior Minister for Pension Reform Laurent Pietraszewski, French Labour Minister Muriel Penicaud, French Government's spokesperson Sibeth Ndiaye listen as French Prime Minister addresses the French National Assembly on March 3, 2020 in Paris, during a vote of no-confidence in the government filled by several opposition parties over its decision to use a rarely used decree, French constitution's article 49-3, to force its controversial pension overhaul through parliament. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

French MPs launch debate of controversial pensions overhaul

Feb 18, 2020 - 9:17 AM

Unions are up in arms over President Emmanuel Macron's bid to fuse France's 42 retirement schemes into a single system, which they say will force millions to work longer

PROTEST. Protestors wave flares and hold a sign that reads in French 'No to work to perpetuity' on January 9, 2020. Photo by Sebastien Salom-Gomis/AFP

Russia will keep trying to 'destabilize' West – Macron

Feb 16, 2020 - 12:11 AM

French President Emmanuel Macron predicts Moscow would be 'extremely aggressive' in this arena in the months and years to come

DESTABILIZE WEST. French President Emmanuel Macron cautions against Russia. AFP photo

France, U.S. agree to extend digital tax row talks

Jan 21, 2020 - 9:01 PM

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire says, 'Macron and Trump had a very constructive discussion... and they agreed to avoid all escalation between the US and France on this digital tax issue'

Macron urges 'credible, lasting' Libya ceasefire

Jan 13, 2020 - 6:09 PM

'The president emphasized the necessity that the ceasefire that is to be announced is credible, lasting and verifiable,' Emmanuel Macron's office says

EMMANUEL MACRON. French president Emmanuel Macron gestures as he delivers a speech during the Citizens' Convention for Climate held at the French 'Economic, Social and Environmental Council' (CESE) headquarters in Paris, on January 10, 2020. Photo by Yoan Valat/AFP

Macron set to stand firm in pension strike standoff

Dec 31, 2019 - 10:59 PM

Union leaders are demanding Macron drop his plan for a single points-based system and a 'pivot age' of 64 to benefit from a full pension, above the official retirement age of 62

France, Egypt urge 'restraint' to avoid Libya escalation

Dec 30, 2019 - 10:18 PM

The statement comes after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed readiness this month to send troops to Libya if requested by the country's Government of National Accord

AIRSTRIKE. Libyans inspect the damage at the site of a reported airstrike in the capital Tripoli's suburb of Tajoura, on December 29, 2019. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

French government, unions exchange barbs in strike deadlock

Dec 29, 2019 - 9:11 PM

The strike has now lasted 25 days and is on course to surpass the longest transport strike in France which lasted for 28 days in the 1980s

Russia, Ukraine leaders in Paris for crunch talks on ending war

Dec 09, 2019 - 11:38 PM

No comprehensive peace deal is expected from the meeting but diplomats hope the summit will help to bolster trust between Russian leader Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky

TALKS. French President Emmanuel Macron (R) welcomes Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky (L) upon his arrival at the Elysee Palace to attend a summit on Ukraine, on December 9, 2019, in Paris. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

Day 5 of public transport chaos as French strike bites

Dec 09, 2019 - 9:58 AM

The biggest labor unrest in years comes as France's economy is already dented by more than a year of weekly anti-government demonstrations by so-called 'yellow vest' activists protesting unemployment and waning spending power

TRANSPORT STRIKE. Passengers stand inside the Gare de Lyon railway station in Paris on December 8, 2019 during a strike of state railway company SNCF employees over French government's plan to overhaul the country's retirement system, as part of a national general strike. Photo by Thomas Samson/AFP

France's Macron to hold meeting on pensions as strike bites

Dec 08, 2019 - 3:13 PM

Unions say Macron's proposal for a single-pension system would force millions of people in both the public and private sectors to work well beyond the official retirement age of 62

MACRON. France's President Emmanuel Macron talks to the media as he leaves Downing Street after attending talks with Britain's Prime Minister in central London on December 3, 2019, ahead of the NATO alliance summit. Photo by Christian Hartmann/Pool/AFP

No let-up in French strikes as fresh turmoil hits weekend

Dec 07, 2019 - 6:31 PM

The walkouts would last well into next week, unions warn

France braces for second day of stoppages as strike bites

Dec 06, 2019 - 1:29 PM

The strike is seen as a major test for President Emmanuel Macron's ambitious vision of reforming France

STRIKE. In this file photo taken on November 27, 2019, French farmers stand in front of their tractors as they block the traffic on the A47 motorway, in Givors, south of Lyon, central-eastern France, as part of a protest against government policies. Photo Jean-Philippe Ksiazek/AFP

'Brain dead' NATO's summit dominated by leaders' feuds

Dec 05, 2019 - 12:46 PM

Meeting outside London to mark the 70th year of the Atlantic alliance, the members vow to stick together against threats from Russia and terrorism and recognize the challenge of a rising China

ALLIANCE. Nato heads of government class of 2019. Adrian DENNIS / AFP

Xi, Macron back 'irreversible' Paris climate pact

Nov 06, 2019 - 3:40 PM

Major powers express regret and concern after President Donald Trump moves forward with a pullout from the Paris climate accord despite mounting evidence of the reality and impact of climate change

BACKING THE PACT. French President Emmanuel Macron (L) shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping following a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 6, 2019. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

Anger over EU's 'historic mistake' on Skopje, Tirana

Oct 19, 2019 - 10:57 AM

French President Emmanuel Macron blocks talks on EU membership for North Macedonia and Albania

EUROPEAN UNION. EU leaders fail to agree to start negotiations on membership for North Macedonia and Albania. File photo shows EU flags on the day of Britain's newly elected prime minister Boris Johnson's debut in the House of Commons. Photo by Niklas Halle'n/AFP

$14 billion goal in sight for fighting AIDS, TB, malaria

Oct 11, 2019 - 8:04 AM

Promises for replenishment money are made at meeting in France of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

FUNDS. (From left) Irish rock band U2 singer Bono, Microsoft founder, Bill Gates and French President Emmanuel Macron attend the announcement of the final amount raised for the Global Fund to Fight HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria on October 10, 2019, in Lyon, central eastern France. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

Macron vows 'unrelenting fight' against Islamist terror after police killings

Oct 08, 2019 - 8:31 PM

Reports say that a USB key containing details on dozens of Mickael Harpon's police colleagues has been found among his possessions

MACRON. French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech during a ceremony at The Prefecture de Police de Paris (Paris Police Headquarters) in Paris on October 8, 2019, held to pay respects to the victims of an attack at the prefecture on October 4, 2019. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

World leaders pay final tribute to France's Chirac

Sep 30, 2019 - 7:39 PM

(UPDATED) Russian President Vladimir Putin, former US president Bill Clinton, and other dignitaries join President Emmanuel Macron for a funeral service at Saint-Sulpice church in Paris

RESPECT. French President Emmanuel Macron (R) and his wife Brigitte (2nd R) and other French officials attend the funeral service of late French president Jacques Chirac at the Saint Sulpice church in the French capital Paris on September 30, 2019. Photo by Francois Mori/Pool/AFP

U.S. ramps up Iran pressure as European summit bid flounders

Sep 25, 2019 - 11:45 PM

On US President Donald Trump's last scheduled day at the annual UN summit of world leaders, his administration says it is imposing sanctions on Chinese companies that have purchased Iranian oil

NEW SANCTIONS. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump holds a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, June 12, 2019. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Iran's Rouhani warns Macron of looming nuclear step

Sep 01, 2019 - 3:24 PM

Rouhani's chief of staff says the next step would be taken 'in the event Iran's demands are not met'

IRAN'S LEADER. In this file handout picture by the Iranian presidential office, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani delivers a speech during the 'nuclear technology day' in Tehran on April 9, 2019. Photo by HO/Iranian Presidency/AFP

Brazil's Bolsonaro open to G7 aid if Macron 'withdraws insults'

Aug 27, 2019 - 10:29 PM

'To talk or accept anything from France, with the best possible intentions, he has to withdraw these words, and from there we can talk,' says Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro

CONDITION. In this file photo taken on April 9, 2019 Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro gestures during the appointment ceremony of his new Education Minister Abraham Weintraub at Planalto Palace in Brasilia. File photo by Evaristo Sa/AFP

U.S., France reach agreement on digital taxes

Aug 27, 2019 - 5:48 PM

Macron says France would scrap its own digital tax once a new international levy being discussed among 134 OECD countries is in place. France hopes it will be ready in 2020.

AGREEMENT. France's President Emmanuel Macron (R) and US President Donald Trump pose during a joint press conference in Biarritz, France on August 26, 2019. Photo by Bertrand Guay/AFP

Macron slams Bolsonaro after insults about wife

Aug 26, 2019 - 11:59 PM

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's endorsement of vicious personal comments about French President Emmanuel Macron's wife posted online appear to force their relationship to a new low

HOSTS. French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte wait to welcome leaders at the Biarritz lighthouse, southwestern France, ahead of a working dinner on August 24, 2019 on the first day of the annual G7 Summit attended by the leaders of the world's seven richest democracies, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States. File photo by Francois Mori/Pool/AFP

More fires flare up in Amazon as Brazil warplanes fight blazes

Aug 26, 2019 - 10:56 PM

The worsening crisis has fueled a row between President Jair Bolsonaro and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, who has been piling pressure on Bolsonaro to do more to protect the forest

U.N., France raise concern over Amazon wildfires 'crisis'

Aug 23, 2019 - 1:59 PM

French president Emmanuel Macron tweets: 'Our house is on fire. Literally. The Amazon, the lung of our planet which produces 20 percent of our oxygen is burning'

CHARRED. File photo of the result of practice of slash-and-burn in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil. Photo by guentermanaus/Shutterstock.com

France's Macron announces creation of a new space force command

Jul 14, 2019 - 9:46 AM

'We will reinforce our knowledge of the situation in space, we will better protect our satellites, including in an active manner,' French President Emmanuel Macron says

SPACE COMMAND. French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech at the residence of French Defense Ministry on the eve of Bastille Day, on July 13, 2019, in Paris. Photo by Kamil Zihnioglu/Pool/AFP

French envoy in Tehran talks for nuclear deal salvage bid

Jul 10, 2019 - 6:39 PM

Emmanuel Bonne's mission is 'to try and open the discussion space to avoid an uncontrolled escalation, or even an accident'

IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL. Ali Shamkhani (R), the secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran meets with Emmanuel Bonne, diplomatic advisor to the French president, in the Iranian capital Tehran on July 10, 2019. Photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

France's Macron says climate 'red line' at G20

Jun 26, 2019 - 10:27 PM

Emmanuel Macron is speaking in Tokyo on a visit ahead of this week's Group of 20 meeting, where climate change will be among several contentious issues on the table, along with trade and tensions with Iran

MACRON. France wants the G20 to issue a statement committing to strong action on climate change. File photo by Philippe Wojazer/Pool/AFP

Iran 'never seeks war' with U.S., says Rouhani

Jun 26, 2019 - 8:03 PM

'Iran has no interest to increase tension in the region and it never seeks war with any country, including [the] US,' state news agency IRNA quotes President Hassan Rouhani as saying

IRAN REACTS. President Hassan Rouhani says that the United States is the real 'leader of world terrorism' after Washington blacklisted Iran's Revolutionary Guards as a 'foreign terrorist organization.' AFP PHOTO / HO / IRANIAN PRESIDENCY

Macron sends senior diplomat to Iran to defuse U.S. tensions

Jun 20, 2019 - 8:57 PM

The adviser, Emmanuel Bonne, holds 'high-level meetings' in Tehran, 'with the aim of contributing to the de-escalation of tensions in the region'

BONNE. This file photo shows Presidential diplomatic advisor Emmanuel Bonne (R) stand in the court of the Elysee Palace, on May 24, 2019, in Paris. File photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

Tree symbolizing Trump-Macron friendship has died

Jun 10, 2019 - 9:33 AM

Relations between Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron are frayed, and the tree, a diplomatic source says this week, did not survive

FAILED TO FLOURISH. US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump participate in a tree planting ceremony with French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, on April 23, 2018. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

World leaders mark 75 years since D-Day on Normandy's beaches

Jun 06, 2019 - 11:35 PM

Tens of thousands of French and foreign visitors, many donning WWII uniforms or driving vintage military vehicles, have converged on Normandy to honor the veterans

VETERANS. Canadian veterans stand for the National Anthem during the international ceremony on Juno Beach in Courseulles-sur-Mer, Normandy, northwestern France, on June 6, 2019, as part of D-Day commemorations marking the 75th anniversary of the World War II Allied landings in Normandy. Photo by Guillaume Souvant/AFP

Trump, queen, and world leaders remember D-Day heroes

Jun 05, 2019 - 7:18 PM

(UPDATED) The Battle of Normandy on June 6, 1944 led to the liberation of Europe and helped bring about the end of World War II the following year

D-DAY. (L to R) Philip May, husband of Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, French President Emmanuel Macron, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, US President Donald Trump, US First Lady Melania Trump, Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Luxembourg's Prime Minister Xavier Bettel attend an event to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, in Portsmouth, southern England, on June 5, 2019. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

EU leaders clash over top Brussels jobs

May 29, 2019 - 10:01 AM

(UPDATED) European leaders begin the work needed to determine the EU's political direction

CLASH OVER JOBS. German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) meets with French President Emmanuel Macron prior to a meeting on the sidelines of a European Union summit at EU Commission Headquarters in Brussels on May 28, 2019. Photo by Olivier Matthys/AFP

EU leaders sound alarm over populist election threat

May 21, 2019 - 6:38 PM

Opinion polls predict a significant advance for nationalist and populist forces opposed to closer European Union integration and threatening mainstream reform efforts

PREPARATIONS. People are at work to prepare the mailing of election material to citizens as part of the upcoming European parliament elections, on May 20, 2019 in Rouffach (eastern France). Photo by Sebastien Bozon/AFP

New Zealand PM targets online hate after mosque attacks

May 13, 2019 - 5:45 PM

Jacinda Arden of New Zealand and France's Emmanuel Macron are the driving force behind the 'Christchurch Call' pledge which wants to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online

NEXT TARGET. File photo of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Photo by David Lintott/AFP

Europe rejects Iran 'ultimatum' but stands by nuke deal

May 09, 2019 - 10:06 PM

(UPDATED) The 3 European signatories to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal urge Iran to stick to its commitments after it said it would stop respecting some limits imposed by the agreement

MACRON. In this file photo, French President Emmanuel Macron delivers his speech during the annual general assembly at the United Nations headquarters in New York City on September 25, 2018. File photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

French will have say on Notre-Dame restoration – minister

May 03, 2019 - 9:17 PM

Culture Minister Franck Riester promises a 'debate and a large consultation,' though the government will have the final say on the Paris landmark

DAMAGED. This photo shows the damaged roof of Notre-Dame-de Paris Cathedral in Paris on April 16, 2019, a day after a fire that devastated the building in the centre of the French capital. File photo by Amaury Blin/AFP

Serbia and Kosovo agree to resume talks after Macron, Merkel push

Apr 30, 2019 - 10:21 AM

Kosovo President Hashim Thaci and Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic agree to meet again in Paris in early July

WEST BALKANS CONFERENCE. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron host Western Balkans leaders and EU members Croatia and Slovenia. Photo by Michael Sohn/AFP

Erdogan slams Macron over 'Armenia genocide' remembrance

Apr 27, 2019 - 9:24 PM

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's remarks come after France held its first 'national day of commemoration of the Armenian genocide'

Ukraine comedian Zelensky to meet Macron before presidential run-off

Apr 12, 2019 - 4:20 PM

Volodymyr Zelensky, whose only political experience is playing the president in a TV show, is due to meet Macron at the Elysee palace

ZELENSKY. Ukrainian comic actor, showman and presidential frontrunner Volodymyr Zelensky surrounded by cameramen and photographers plays table tennis with a journalist at the headquarters in Kiev on March 31, 2019. Photo by Genya Savilov/AFP

Britain's May seeks Brexit delay from Merkel, Macron

Apr 09, 2019 - 6:22 PM

Her huddles with Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin and President Emmanuel Macron in Paris come on the eve of another tension-packed summit in Brussels

BREXIT. File photo of a protester draped in a European Union flag outside the Houses of Parliament in London. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP