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Upbeat Macron vows to do better amid 'yellow vest' protests

Jan 01, 2019 - 8:56 AM

As French president Emmanuel Macron speaks, demonstrators clad in high-visibility yellow vests again gather in Paris and other big cities to demand more measures in favor of the working poor and a greater say for ordinary people in the running of the country

NEW YEAR ADDRESS. French President Emmanuel Macron gestures as he delivers his New Year wishes during a televised address to the nation from the Elysee Palace in Paris on December 31, 2018. Photo by Michel Euler / POOL / AFP

France's Macron sees popularity fall to 40%

Aug 27, 2017 - 10:47 AM

UPDATED French President Emmanuel Macron is under fire for his monarchical style in office and attempts to cut public spending

MACRON. French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron arrive to attend a concert by the Pierre Claver Association at the Elysee Palace in Paris on July 25, 2017. Photo by Julien de Rosa/AFP

French parliament approves Macron's labor reform drive

Aug 03, 2017 - 8:20 AM

Liberalizing France s labor market – long a demand of its eurozone partners led by Germany – was one of the central planks of the centrist Macron s election manifesto

Workers build a scaffolding in front of the Eiffel tower, on June 12, 2017, in Paris. Ludovic Marin/AFP

UN-backed Libya PM to meet eastern strongman in France

Jul 24, 2017 - 3:39 PM

French President Emmanuel Macron will host the meeting

MEETING SOON. Self-styled Libyan National Army's chief Khalifa Haftar (L) and Libya's UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj. Khalil Mazraawi and Fethi Belaid/Files/AFP

Macron plans to slash France's MPs by a third

Jul 03, 2017 - 7:10 PM

UPDATED In his first address to members of the National Assembly and Senate since his election in May Macron delivers a US style state of the nation speech in the Versailles palace

LANDMARK SPEECH. French President Emmanuel Macron (at the platform) speaks during a special congress gathering both houses of parliament (National Assembly and Senate) in the palace of Versailles, outside Paris, on July 3, 2017. Martin Bureau/AFP

Macron says 'door always open' for UK to stay in EU

Jun 14, 2017 - 8:33 AM

The meeting in Paris followed the leaders remarkably different political fortunes in the past week

CROSS-STRAIT ALLIES. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (R) and France's President Emmanuel Macron walk together following a meeting to give a joint press conference in the grounds of The Elysee Palace in Paris on June 13, 2017. Christophe Archambault/AFP

France's Macron heads for crushing parliamentary majority

Jun 12, 2017 - 7:52 AM

UPDATED But the vote was marked by record low turnout of 49 possibly reflecting fatalism among Macron s opponents in the face of his seemingly unstoppable advance experts said

VOTING. French President Emmanuel Macron (C) casts his ballot next to his wife Brigitte Macron (L) at a polling station during the first round of the French legislative elections in Le Touquet, on June 11, 2017. Christophe Petit Tesson/Pool/AFP

Macron's party in driver's seat before French parliament election

Jun 09, 2017 - 7:46 PM

With Macron s party siphoning off support from the traditional political forces of left and right the elections could radically re draw France s political map

REPUBLIC ON THE MOVE. French Minister of Territorial Cohesion Richard Ferrand (C) delivers a speech during a campaign meeting for the 90 La Republique en Marche (REM) party candidates in the Ile-de-France region, May 23, 2017, in Aubervilliers, near Paris. Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/AFP

French prosecutors open probe into Macron ally

Jun 01, 2017 - 3:50 PM

Macron has defended Richard Ferrand a close ally of the president over allegations he favored his wife in a lucrative deal with a public health insurance fund when he headed the company

FACING PROBE. French Minister of Territorial Cohesion Richard Ferrand leaves a cabinet meeting on May 31, 2017 at the Elysee Palace, in Paris. Stephane de Sakutin/AFP

France's Macron appoints center-right PM to widen appeal

May 15, 2017 - 9:12 PM

The choice of Philippe will be seen as an attempt by Macron to attract other moderates to his new centrist Republique En Marche party

FRENCH PM. Edouard Philippe from the rightwing Republicans party is named French prime minister. Photo from Philippe's Twitter account

Macron unveils fresh faces for parliamentary election

May 11, 2017 - 11:45 PM

We aim to build a majority for change says the La Republique en Marche s Richard Ferrand

NEW GOVERNMENT. French president-elect Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech in front of the Pyramid at the Louvre Museum in Paris on May 7, 2017, following the announcement of the results of the second round of the French presidential election. Photo by Eric Ferferberg/AFP

Tense France picks new president in landmark vote

May 07, 2017 - 11:01 AM

3rd UPDATE Whoever wins there will be profound change for France the world s 6th biggest economy a permanent member of the UN Security Council and a global military power

THE CHOICE. This combination of pictures made on April 23, 2017 shows Emmanuel Macron (L) and Marine Le Pen posing in Paris. Joel Saget and Eric Feferberg/AFP

Le Pen, Macron face off in final French presidential debate

May 03, 2017 - 2:17 PM

UPDATED Their starkly different views of Europe immigration the economy and French identity will be explored for the first time face to face following a week marked by bruising clashes between them

THE CHOICE. A pedestrian walks past posters Emmanuel Macron (L) and Marine Le Pen, in Paris, on April 28, 2017. Philippe Lopez/AFP

Macron targets Le Pen over economy in French presidential debate

Apr 05, 2017 - 7:23 AM

The televised debate was at times chaotic and often dominated by the anti capitalist and virulently anti EU smaller candidates who made their first major appearance ahead of the first round vote

LE GRAND DEBAT. The 11 candidates for the French presidential election attend a debate, presented by French TV hosts Ruth Elkrief and Laurence Ferrari and organised by the French private TV channels BFM TV and CNews, on April 4, 2017 in La Plaine-Saint-Denis. Lionel Bonaventure/Pool/AFP

Wife of France's Fillon also charged in fake jobs affair

Mar 29, 2017 - 8:25 AM

The new blow comes less than 4 weeks before French voters go to the polls in a two stage election on April 23 and May 7

THE FILLONS. French presidential election candidate for the right-wing Les Republicains (LR) party Francois Fillon (C), with his wife Penelope Fillon (R), arrives for a debate organised by French private TV channel TF1 on March 20, 2017 in Aubervilliers, outside Paris. Patrick Kovarik/Pool/AFP

France's Le Pen attacked as Macron passes first debate test

Mar 21, 2017 - 7:32 AM

UPDATED Marine Le Pen s hardline stance on security and the place of Islam in France come under attack from her fellow presidential hopefuls

TOP BETS. French presidential election candidates (L-R) Francois Fillon, Emmanuel Macron, Jean-Luc Melenchon, Marine Le Pen, and Benoit Hamon pose before a debate organised by the French private TV channel TF1 on March 20, 2017 in Aubervilliers, outside Paris. Eliot Blondet/Pool/AFP

French presidential candidates face off in first TV debate

Mar 20, 2017 - 1:01 PM

UPDATED Centrist frontrunner Emmanuel Macron and far right leader Marine Le Pen are expected to come under attack in the first of 3 debates

SEAT OF POWER. A photo showing the main entrance of the Elysee palace, the official residence of the French President, October 5, 2006 in Paris. Fred Dufour/AFP

France's Fillon charged over 'fake jobs' scandal

Mar 14, 2017 - 11:20 PM

UPDATED Fillon had been expected to go before investigating magistrates on Wednesday over the scandal which has undermined his campaign for the presidency

FILLON. French presidential election candidate for the right-wing Les Republicains (LR) party Francois Fillon (C) gestures as supporters applaud him on stage during a rally at the place du Trocadero, in Paris, on March 5, 2017. Photo by Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/AFP

France's FN raided over European Parliament expenses scandal

Feb 21, 2017 - 8:01 AM

The raid is the second in a year by investigators trying to determine whether the FN used European Parliament funds to pay for 20 assistants presented as parliamentary aides while continuing to work for the party elsewhere

This file photo taken on December 14, 2008 shows the headquarters of the French far-right Front National (FN) party in Nanterre during its inauguration. Boris Horvat/File/AFP

France's under-fire Fillon fights new fake jobs claims

Feb 01, 2017 - 11:15 AM

The allegations Francois Fillon gave his family highly paid fake jobs is threatening to derail his bid to become French president later this year

BATTLING CONTROVERSY. French presidential election candidate for the right-wing Les Republicains (LR) party Francois Fillon attends a debate organized by the EBG (Electronic Business Group) on January 31, 2017, in Paris. Thomas Samson/AFP

Outsider, ex-PM to vie for French leftwing presidential nod

Jan 23, 2017 - 7:42 AM

Outsider Benoit Hamon will fight former prime minister Manuel Valls for the French Socialist presidential nomination after they progressed through the first round of the primary

FRONTRUNNERS. This combination of pictures created on January 22, 2017 shows former minister Benoit Hamon (L) and former Prime Minister Manuel Valls during photo sessions in Paris. Joel Saget/AFP

Sarkozy knocked out of French presidential race

Nov 21, 2016 - 8:46 AM

Ex president Nicolas Sarkozy is beaten into third place after a stunning upset by Francois Fillon who served as his prime minister with the veteran Alain Juppe finishing second

OUT. Former French President and candidate for the French right-wing presidential primary Nicolas Sarkozy delivers a speech at his campaign headquarters after the vote's first round, on November 20, 2016 in Paris. Ian Langsdon/Pool/AFP

3-way race as French right holds presidential primary

Nov 20, 2016 - 2:47 PM

The US style primary is the first such contest by the French right organized partly in response to the rise of the far right National Front FN

People wave French flags during a public meeting for one of the candidates for the right-wing Les Republicains (LR) party primary ahead of the 2017 presidential election in Nice on November 15, 2016. Valery Hache/AFP

France National Assembly votes to extend state of emergency

Jul 20, 2016 - 9:17 AM

UPDATED It is the fourth time that parliament has proposed prolonging the state of emergency and the move now needs to be approved by the Senate

A picture taken on July 15, 2016 shows the French National Assembly illuminated with the colors of the French National flag in tribute for the victims of the deadly Bastille Day attack in Nice in Paris. Matthieu Alexandre/AFP

France wins 'momentous' $39B Australia submarine contract

Apr 27, 2016 - 8:39 AM

The announcement culminates years of planning to replace Australia s aging diesel and electric powered Collins Class submarines which are due to leave service from around 2026

Herve Guillou (R) DCNS CEO gives a submarine mock-up to the French President Francois Hollande (2R), after a visit at the French industrial group DCNS headquarters with foreign affairs minister Jean Marc Ayrault (2L), Defense minister Jean Yves Le Drian (L) in Paris, France, April 26, 2016. Christophe Petit Tesson/Pool/EPA

Iran's return to the fold sparks business bonanza for Europe

Jan 26, 2016 - 1:09 PM

Hassan Rouhani says he has come to Europe with an open for business message in his first trip overseas since Tehran s nuclear deal with the West came into force

WELCOME TO ROME. President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Hassan Rouhani (L) and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi attend a press conference following their meeting at Campidoglio Palace in Rome, Italy, January 25, 2016. Giuseppe Lami/EPA

Iran's Rouhani kicks off first post-sanctions tour in Italy

Jan 25, 2016 - 2:00 PM

The 3 day trip comes a week after Tehran s deal with world powers came into force

In this file photo, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, (C) during his meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Ufa, the capital of Bashkortostan republic, Russia, July 9, 2015. SCO Photohost/RIA Novosti/EPA

France vows to maintain 'order' in Calais

Jan 25, 2016 - 9:19 AM

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve vows to maintain order in northern Calais a day after dozens of migrants boarded a ferry triggering the temporary closure of the key port

Workers install spot lights as a no-man zone is to be created near the makeshift camp called 'The Jungle' in Calais, France, January 15, 2016. Etienne Laurent/EPA

#COP21: Climate talks head into long, final stretch

Dec 11, 2015 - 4:55 AM

UPDATED A new draft text signals another sleepless night for negotiators assembled in Paris in hopes of finally nailing down a universal legally binding climate pact

EXIT. Delegates exit the La Seine plenary hall at the UN climate change conference (COP21) in Le Bourget, France, December 9 2015. Photo courtesy COP21

As clock ticks, UN climate talks go into overdrive

Dec 10, 2015 - 11:37 PM

Many sticking points remain among them climate finance and the warming limit as host nation France aims to finish the talks on time

Money row threatens efforts to seal historic climate pact

Dec 03, 2015 - 8:31 AM

Bureaucrats become quickly ensnared in familiar rows that have condemned previous efforts to failure

A visitor attends a conference at the COP21 World Climate Change Conference 2015 in Le Bourget, north of Paris, France, December 1, 2015. Guilliaume Horcajuelo/EPA

Obama, Xi, Modi to attend Paris climate summit

Oct 28, 2015 - 5:48 AM

The last attempt at sealing a global climate pact in 2009 saw about 110 world leaders descend on a UN summit in Copenhagen for the two final days only to leave frustrated when the negotiations collapsed

A picture taken on May 6, 2015 shows an earth globe at a school during a ministers' visit to students working on a project about global warming to prepare the COP21 international meetings, also known as 2015 Paris Climate Conference, in Le Bourget. Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

French lawmakers approve sweeping new spying powers

May 06, 2015 - 10:10 AM

The new law will allow authorities to spy on the digital and mobile communications of anyone linked to a terrorist inquiry without prior authorization from a judge

A view of the National Assembly in Paris, France, September 16, 2014. Ian Langsdon/EPA

French far-right family feud as Marine Le Pen jettisons father

Apr 09, 2015 - 8:22 AM

Some analysts say that while splitting from her father will be painful it could end up making the FN more electable

STRONG SHOWING. President of the Front National (FN) Marine Le Pen delivers her speech after French media announced results following the second round of 2015 French departmental election, at the party headquarters in Nanterre, outside Paris, France, 29 March 2015. Ian Langsdon/EPA

Strauss-Kahn denies knowing he had sex with prostitutes

Feb 11, 2015 - 8:35 AM

The former International Monetary Fund chief took the stand for the first time on charges of aggravated pimping in an alleged vice ring

A file photograph dated 21 January 2008 shows former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn speaking with journalists at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France. Horacio Villalobos/EPA

Ex-IMF boss Strauss-Kahn to take the stand in French pimping trial

Feb 10, 2015 - 10:28 AM

Disgraced ex IMF boss Dominique Strauss Kahn takes the stand at a French pimping trial in a bid to convince judges he was not at the core of a prostitution ring

Dominique Strauss-Kahn in Cannes, 2014. File/Ian Langsdon/EPA

Ex-IMF chief Strauss-Kahn goes on trial for 'pimping'

Feb 02, 2015 - 11:45 AM

The disgraced 65 year old economist finds himself back in the dock accused of being part of a prostitution ring used by his entourage to organize sex parties for him

OUT AND ABOUT. A file photo dated 25 May 2013 shows  Dominique Strauss-Kahn arriving for the screening of 'Plein Soleil' during the 66th annual Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France. Ian Langsdon/EPA

French MPs vote in favor of recognizing Palestine

Dec 03, 2014 - 8:51 AM

The vote – which is non binding on the government but highly symbolic – comes as European countries seek alternative ways to restart the stalled Middle East process

'YES' WINS. French Members of the Parliament in favor of the vote for the recognition of the Palestinian State stand and applaud after the success of the resolution with 339 votes in favor for 151 against in Paris, France, 02 December 2014. Etienne Laurent/EPA

Sarkozy elected party chief in boost for presidential bid

Nov 30, 2014 - 7:40 AM

Sarkozy vows to reunite the Union for a Popular Movement from a position seen as a key springboard back into the Elysee Palace

A file photo dated 10 February 2014 of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy attending a campaign rally for Union For a Popular Movement (UMP) political party candidate for Paris' mayoral election in Paris, France. Ian Langsdon/EPA

Under-fire Hollande in 'all-or-nothing' TV test

Nov 06, 2014 - 11:01 PM

The president who portrayed himself as Mr Normal will have to defend his right to run for a second term

HOLLANDE. French President Francois Hollande delivers a speech during a meeting for the UEFA EURO 2016 launch at the Elysee Palace in Paris France, 11 September 2014

Unpopular Hollande seeks TV redemption

Nov 05, 2014 - 9:56 AM

Hollande will give a rare prime time television interview in a desperate bid to claw back some ground

In this file photo, French President Francois Hollande talks to the media after his meeting with Haitian President Michel Jospeh Martelly, at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, 31 October 2014. Yoan Valat/EPA

France's spurned ex-first lady attacked for tell-all book

Sep 04, 2014 - 4:53 PM

The surprise memoir is described as outrageous by Prime Minister Manuel Valls and a dishonor for France by right wing leader Marine Le Pen usually a trenchant critic of Hollande

JUICY READ. A woman reads the book of French President former partner Valerie Trierweiler entitled 'Merci pour ce moment' (Thanks you for this moment) some hours after its release on September 4, 2014 in Paris. Patrick Kovaric/AFP

Russia risks G8 seat, economic turmoil over Ukraine – US

Mar 02, 2014 - 10:46 PM

Britain and France also pull out of this week s preparatory meetings for the June G8 summit in Sochi in protest of Russia s stance in the Ukraine crisis

US Warning: US Secretary of State John Kerry says Russia will page a huge price for deploying troops to Crimea. AFP file photo

Hollande asked to clear up personal life

Jan 19, 2014 - 1:55 AM

Public reaction to the scandal has been more muted than would be expected in countries like the United States or Britain

In France, presidential 'affair' turns messy

Jan 13, 2014 - 7:51 AM

Any hopes French President Francois Hollande harbored of riding out the storm were shattered as opposition MPs started to try and make political capital out of his embarrassment

LE 'SCANDAL.' A man reads French magazine Closer, on January 10, 2014 in Paris. Thomas Coes/AFP

Sarkozy calls for re-vote in French right showdown

Nov 27, 2012 - 7:35 AM

Ex president Nicolas Sarkozy called Monday November 26 for a fresh vote to resolve the bitter leadership battle that has left France s main right wing opposition party the UMP on the verge of collapse

Eating out in France to get costly

Nov 07, 2012 - 2:04 PM

French bars and restaurants will feel the pinch Will their diners feel it too?

HAPPY DAYS OVER? What do loyal diners of Paris bars and restaurants have to say? Screen grab from YouTube (InnerRewardsInc)

New French government to hand itself a pay cut

May 17, 2012 - 11:11 AM

Francois Hollande unveiled a government of mainly moderate Socialists and longtime allies Wednesday as his new prime minister vowed to work quickly to put the country back on its feet