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France reviews police methods after yellow vest protests

Jun 17, 2019 - 7:24 PM

Interior Minister Christophe Castaner defends the way in which police have handled the protests but asks a specially-chosen panel of some 15 experts to develop new ideas for managing demonstrations

YELLOW VEST PROTESTS. In this file photo, protestors stand as police use a water cannon during a 'Yellow Vest' (Gilets jaunes) anti-government protest on December 22, 2018, in Bordeaux, southwestern France, as part of a nationwide day of demonstrations. File photo by Nicolas Tucat/AFP

France set for more 'yellow vest' protests despite Macron concessions

Dec 15, 2018 - 11:30 AM

Movement figureheads call on the people to continue the protests to pressure President Emmanuel Macron into making further tax and wage concessions

MORE PROTESTS. A protestor wearing a "yellow vest" (gilet jaune) holds a placard as protestors walk non the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris on December 8, 2018 during a protest against rising costs of living they blame on high taxes. File Photo by Zakaria Abdelkafi/AFP

Strasbourg Christmas market gunman shot dead by French police

Dec 14, 2018 - 12:16 PM

Interior Minister Christophe Castaner says 3 police tried to question Cherif Chekatt after spotting him on the street in the Neudorf area of the northeastern French city where he grew up, but he opened fire

SEARCH. French police officers and forensics search for evidences at the site where Cherif Chekatt – the alleged gunman who had been on the run since allegedly killing 3 people at Strasbourg's popular Christmas market – has been shot dead by police on December 13, 2018 in the Neudorf neighborhood of Strasbourg. Photo by Patrick Hertzog/AFP

Paris on high alert as city shuts down for 'yellow vest' protests

Dec 08, 2018 - 11:22 AM

France's interior minister Christophe Castaner vows 'zero tolerance' towards yellow vest protesters who aim to wreak further destruction in the city

PROTEST. A man holds a flare on November 17, 2018 in Paris, during a nationwide popular initiated day of protest called "yellow vest" (Gilets Jaunes in French) movement to protest against high fuel prices which has mushroomed into a widespread protest against stagnant spending power under French President. Photo by Lucas Barioulet/AFP

Paris on knife-edge ahead of new 'yellow vest' protests

Dec 07, 2018 - 9:24 PM

On the eve of a fourth set of demonstrations in the capital in as many weeks, French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner vows 'zero tolerance' towards those hoping to enact a repeat of last weekend's destruction and mayhem

THE YELLOW VESTS. A demonstrator holds a French flag during a protest of Yellow vests (Gilets jaunes) against rising oil prices and living costs, on December 1, 2018 in Paris. Photo by Alain Jocard/AFP

WWI event may have been target for suspected plot against Macron – sources

Nov 08, 2018 - 3:30 PM

'The attack plot did not seem to have been fully worked out, but the November 11 commemorations appear to have been its background,' a source says

MACRON. In this file photo, French President Emmanuel Macron attends a dinner on June 20, 2017. File photo by Benjamin Cremel/AFP

Anger grows after deadly French building collapse

Nov 08, 2018 - 8:51 AM

As many as 8 people are feared to have been killed when the buildings crumbled in a matter of seconds on Monday morning, November 5, in Noailles

BUILDING COLLAPSE. This handout photo released by BMPM/SM shows firemEn and a dog searching at the site where two buildings collapsed, on November 5, 2018 in Marseille, southern France. AFP PHOTO / BMPM/SM / Loic AEDO

French president Macron reshuffles government

Oct 16, 2018 - 6:01 PM

Macron hopes the reshaped government will signal a fresh start after struggling with record-low polling figures

MACRON IN LAGOS. French President Emmanuel Macron gestures as he delivers a speech to entrepreneurs at a convention centre in Lagos on July 4, 2018. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

New leader for Macron's party as honeymoon fades

Nov 18, 2017 - 1:57 PM

(UPDATED) Christophe Castaner, the new party chief, strikes a humble tone as he accepted a 3-year term to head the Republic on the Move (LREM) party

LEADER. Macron eyes his spokesman as their new party leader. AFP photo

Macron faces early tensions with French media

May 19, 2017 - 11:28 PM

Macron says he intends to keep his distance from the press in an effort to restore the authority of the presidential office which he felt was damaged under his gossip loving predecessor Francois Hollande

MACRON. Outgoing French president Francois Hollande (L) and French president-elect Emmanuel Macron (C) shake hands with veterans during the ceremony marking the 72nd anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany during WWII on May 8, 1945 under the Arc de Triomphe monument in Paris on May 8, 2017. Photo by Stephane de Sakutin/AFP