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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

Macron seeks to shine light on Rwanda genocide

Apr 05, 2019 - 9:20 PM

The commission of 8 researchers and historians 'will be tasked with consulting all France's archives relating to the genocide... in order to analyze the role and engagement of France during that period,' the presidency says in a statement

MACRON ON RWANDA. French President Emmanuel Macron meets French representatives of the Ibuka association for the memory of Rwanda's genocide, two days ahead of the 25th anniversary of the 1994 genocide, at the Elysee presidential Palace in Paris on April 5, 2019. Photo by Philippe Wojazer/AFP

EU cannot be 'held hostage' to Brexit crisis – Macron

Apr 02, 2019 - 11:30 PM

Speaking during a visit to Paris by Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, French President Emmanuel Macron says, 'Our priority must be the proper functioning of the European Union and the single market'

MACRON AND VARADKAR. French President Emmanuel Macron (R) speaks during a joint press conference with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar (L), in the courtyard of the Elysee Palace, in Paris, on April 2, 2019. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP)

European leaders demand win-win relationship with China

Mar 27, 2019 - 9:51 AM

French President Emmanuel Macron, Germany's Angela Merkel, and European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker meet with the visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping in Paris

BELT & ROAD. Chinese President Xi Jinping, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel hold a press conference at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris, on March 26, 2019. Photo by Thibault Camus/Pool/AFP

China, EU 'advancing together', says Xi, amid U.S. tensions

Mar 26, 2019 - 8:50 PM

(UPDATED) 'Of course there are differences and competition, but it's positive competition,' Xi Jinping tells a press conference in Paris with the leaders of France, Germany, and the European Commission

XI'S FRANCE VISIT. French President Emmanuel Macron and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping hold a press conference with German Chancellor and European Commission President at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris, on March 26, 2019. Photo by Thibault Camus/Pool/AFP

Macron says ISIS defeat removes 'significant threat' to France

Mar 23, 2019 - 8:44 PM

'But the threat remains and the fight against terrorist groups must continue,' French President Emmanuel Macron says

French police out in force to prevent 'yellow vest' violence

Mar 23, 2019 - 5:55 PM

The government deploys soldiers from its Sentinelle anti-terror force to guard public buildings

Leaders appeal for 'urgent action' on environment

Mar 14, 2019 - 8:26 PM

Earth is already experiencing fallout from its fossil fuel addiction, with climate change driving more frequent droughts, floods and superstorms fuelled by warmer, rising seas

Rwanda invites Macron to attend 25th anniversary of genocide

Mar 12, 2019 - 8:08 PM

If Emmanuel Macron accepts, he will become only the second French president to visit the country since the genocide, which still poisons relations between the two nations

RWANDA AND FRANCE. In this file photo, French President Emmanuel Macron (R) and Rwandan President Paul Kagame hold a joint press conference after their meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on May 23, 2018. File photo by Francois Mori/Pool/AFP

Macron condemns anti-Semitic abuse by 'yellow vest' protestors

Feb 17, 2019 - 1:58 PM

French President Emmanuel Macron says anti-Semitic insults Alain Finkielkraut has been subjected are the 'absolute negation of what makes France a 'great nation'

Member of the Academie Francaise (French Academy), French philosopher Alain Finkielkraut is pictured in the Academy's library on December 1, 2016 prior to the institution's annual public session in Paris. (Photo by Eric FEFERBERG / AFP)

France recalls Italy envoy as relations plumb new depths

Feb 07, 2019 - 10:36 PM

The latest spat has erupted after Italy's deputy prime minister and Five Star chief Luigi Di Maio said he had met with 'yellow vest' anti-government protesters outside Paris

TENSION. This file photo shows Italy's Labor and Industry Minister and deputy PM Luigi Di Maio during a session for a Parliament vote of confidence on Italy's revised 2019 budget, on December 29, 2018 in Rome. File photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

After yellow vest protests, Macron eyes referendum in May

Feb 04, 2019 - 12:10 AM

A newspaper reported that the French will be asked whether they wanted to reduce the number of national lawmakers

REFERENDUM EYED. 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/AFP

France won't enter a 'stupidity contest' with Italy – minister

Jan 23, 2019 - 11:23 PM

France's Nathalie Loiseau says the government will not wage a war of words or otherwise seek to retaliate against Rome, but working meetings and visits between the two countries are largely out of the question for now

TENSION. In this file photo, French Minister attached to the Foreign Affairs Minister Nathalie Loiseau addresses media representatives after the weekly cabinet meeting at The Elysee Palace in Paris on October 3, 2018. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

Macron's debate put to test as 'yellow vests' stage 10th protest

Jan 19, 2019 - 7:57 PM

Many yellow vests have announced plans to boycott the discussions scheduled in dozens of towns and villages

France vows tough response as new 'yellow vest' demos loom

Jan 12, 2019 - 1:16 PM

Officials have warned they expect this weekend's anti-government demonstrations to be bigger and more violent than a week ago, as a movement which had shown signs of fatigue appeared to gain new momentum.

PROTEST. A demonstrator runs from a cloud of teargas in Paris on January 5, 2019, during an anti-government demonstration called by the yellow vest "Gilets Jaunes" movement. Photo by Abdul Abeissa / AFP

'Yellow vests' storm French ministry as protests turn violent

Jan 06, 2019 - 7:17 PM

Authorities says protesters briefly entered the courtyard where they smashed up two cars, broke some windows then escaped

France's 'yellow vest' protestors back on the streets

Jan 05, 2019 - 10:02 PM

This is the 8th Saturday of protests called by the grassroots movement

YELLOW VESTS. Anti-government protesters kneel and stand on a road as smoke from a flare drifts towards them during a rally in Nantes on January 5, 2019, part of a nationwide day of demonstrations. Photo by Loic Venance/AFP

Macron government on tenterhooks as new tax regime takes effect

Jan 02, 2019 - 8:53 PM

While most French support the change, workers may feel 'poorer' as taxes are now to be deducted directly from salaries each month

RISK. President Emmanuel Macron, who is still in hot waters after the yellow vest demonstrations, initiates the transition to the new tax system. File photo from Erix Feferberg/AFP

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

12,000 police on duty in Paris as 'yellow vests' call protests

Dec 31, 2018 - 11:54 PM

The French capital will be on high alert after repeated clashes over the last month between security forces and the protesters

YELLOW VEST PROTEST. A protester wearing a yellow vest (gilet jaune) waves the French national flag during a demonstration against rising costs of living blamed on high taxes on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, on December 15, 2018. File photo by Zakaria Abdelkafi/AFP

French prosecutors probe Macron ex-bodyguard over passports

Dec 29, 2018 - 10:16 PM

French President Emmanuel Macron's office and Alexandre Benalla clash this week over accusations Benalla may have used diplomatic passports after he was dismissed in August, which the foreign ministry says would be a crime

ALEXANDRE BENALLA. A picture taken on October 11, 2016 shows Head of Security Alexandre Benalla (R) looking on next to then French presidential election candidate for the En Marche! movement Emmanuel Macron during a campaign meeting in Le Mans, western France. File photo by Jean-Francois Monier/AFP

'Yellow vest' protesters target Macron's vacation hideaway

Dec 28, 2018 - 7:36 PM

Despite failed attempts, some demonstrators may try to storm back into the medieval fort of Bregancon which serves as Macron's vacation retreat

MORE PROTESTS. Yellow vests protestors stand by a fire next to a Christmas tree behind a yellow vest and a French flag on the edge of one of the access roads to the South Le Mans ring road, on December 16, 2018, in Voivres-Les-Le Mans near Le Mans, northwestern France. File Photo by Jean-Francois Monier/AFP

Macron calls for order after 'yellow vest' attack on police

Dec 23, 2018 - 8:59 PM

'It needs harmony, unity, sincere commitment to strong collective causes and we must heal the divisions,' French President Emmanuel Macron says

'Yellow vest' protest numbers fall in run-up to Christmas

Dec 22, 2018 - 7:50 PM

There are 10 deaths related to the protests since they began on November 17

Yellow vests protestors stand by a fire next to a Christmas tree behind a yellow vest and a French flag on the edge of one of the access roads to the South Le Mans ring road, on December 16, 2018, in Voivres-Les-Le Mans near Le Mans, northwestern France. - The French government was on December 16 hoping the sharp drop in "yellow vest" demonstrators signalled an end to protests which have plunged the French President into the biggest crisis of his presidency. (Photo by JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER / AFP)

EU drifts toward rocks on populist tide

Dec 18, 2018 - 6:00 PM

'2019 will be a pivotal year with major challenges,' says Jonathan Faull, a former senior administrator at the European Commission

Macron government hopes 'yellow vest' protests running out of steam

Dec 17, 2018 - 8:32 AM

Around 66,000 people turn out again on Saturday across France for a fifth round of protests which sprung up over fuel tax hikes last month before snowballing into broader opposition to Macron – half the number of the previous weekend

YELLOW VESTS. Yellow vest protesters stand by a fire next to a Christmas tree behind a yellow vest and a French flag on the edge of one of the access roads to the South Le Mans ring road, on December 16, 2018. Photo by Jean-Francois Monier/AFP

Macron's ratings fall further after month of protests

Dec 16, 2018 - 7:45 PM

Veteran sociologist Herve Le Bras says protests underline the depth of dislike for French President Emmanuel Macron's personality and style of governing, which critics see as arrogant and too distant

France's 'yellow vest' protests decline on decisive weekend

Dec 15, 2018 - 9:27 PM

Two polls published in the wake of President Macron's concessions suggest that France was now split broadly 50-50 on whether the protests should continue

PROTESTS. A protester wearing a yellow vest (gilet jaune) waves the French national flag during a demonstration against rising costs of living blamed on high taxes on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, on December 15, 2018. Photo by Zakaria Abdelkafi/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

Macron unveils new measures in bid to end 'yellow vest' revolt

Dec 11, 2018 - 11:06 AM

In a 15-minute televised speech, embattled French President Emmanuel Macron tells the nation, 'I accept my share of responsibility' for the crisis

PRESIDENT'S SPEECH. Yellow vest (gilets jaunes) protestors take notes as thet watch French President Emmanuel Macron's speech on TV on December 10, 2018 at a restaurant with French deputy Richard Damos, in Fay-au-Loges, near Orleans, Center France. (Photo by Guillaume Souvant/AFP

All eyes on Macron after fresh 'yellow vest' protests hit Paris

Dec 09, 2018 - 1:46 PM

More than 670 protesters are detained in the capital, many of them stopped as they arrived at train stations or meeting points carrying hammers, petanque balls and other potential missiles

RIOT. 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

Where will France's 'yellow vest' protests lead?

Dec 09, 2018 - 7:00 AM

Who exactly makes up the 'yellow vest' movement, and will the government be able to quell their anger after a month of increasingly fiery protests?

PROTEST. A Yellow vest (Gilet jaune) protestor kicks a tear gas canister on the Champs Elysees in Paris, on November 24, 2018 during a protest against rising oil prices and living costs. Photo by Lucas Barioulet/AFP

Tear gas, mass arrests as new 'yellow vest' protests hit Paris

Dec 08, 2018 - 5:01 PM

(UPDATED) Shouts of 'Macron, resign' mingles with the tear gas near the famous Champs-Elysees Avenue

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. Photo by Zakaria Abdelkafi/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

French government yields on fuel price hikes after weeks of protest

Dec 06, 2018 - 1:13 PM

Environment Minister Francois de Rugy announces that an increase scheduled for January is 'scrapped for the year 2019' in its entirety

YELLOW VEST. In this file photo, 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. File photo by Lucas Barioulet/AFP

Macron retreats on fuel tax hikes in bid to calm French protests

Dec 04, 2018 - 11:18 PM

(UPDATED) US President Donald Trump says Emmanuel Macron's retreat vindicated his rejection of the 2015 Paris Agreement on combating climate change

French presidential election candidate for the En Marche ! movement Emmanuel Macron looks on prior to a debate organised by the French private TV channels BFM TV and CNews, between the eleven candidates for the French presidential election, on April 4, 2017 in La Plaine-Saint-Denis near Paris. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Lionel BONAVENTURE

Macron to hold crisis meeting after anti-government riots

Dec 02, 2018 - 6:41 PM

New figures released from the Paris police service show that 412 people were arrested during the worst clashes for years in the capital and 378 are still in custody

Protest clashes erupt in Paris as anti-Macron rallies return

Dec 01, 2018 - 7:23 PM

The protests include many pensioners and has been most active in small urban and rural areas where it has blocked roads, closed motorway toll booths, and even walled up the entrance to tax offices

PROTEST. Riot police officers guard the flame of The Unknown Soldier at The Arc of Triomphe during a protest of Yellow Vests (Gilets jaunes) against rising oil prices and living costs on the Champs Elysees in Paris, on December 1, 2018. Photo by Alain Jocard/AFP

G20 opens under assault from Trump on collective action

Nov 30, 2018 - 10:57 AM

Shortly before the summit kicks off, Donald Trump's 'America First' charge will bear fruit with the signing in Buenos Aires of a successor to the North American free trade pact NAFTA

G20. View of the Obelisk as Corrientes Avenue remains without traffic due to security measures ahead of the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires on Noviembre 29, 2018. Photo by Alberto Raggio/AFP

Paris police fire tear gas, water cannon against 'yellow vest' protesters

Nov 25, 2018 - 1:30 AM

'We have just demonstrated peacefully, and we were teargassed,' says one of the protesters

PROTEST. A Yellow vest (Gilet jaune) protestor kicks a tear gas canister on the Champs Elysees in Paris, on November 24, 2018 during a protest against rising oil prices and living costs. Photo by Lucas Barioulet/AFP

Man wearing explosives and yellow vest surrenders in France

Nov 24, 2018 - 11:28 AM

The man surrenders at a shopping center after hours of negotiations with police

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

Macron, Merkel aim to present united stance in Trump era

Nov 18, 2018 - 7:28 PM

The two leaders are both committed pro-Europeans who have resisted rising populist, eurosceptic, anti-immigration forces in Europe, and US President Trump's isolationist 'America First' stance

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel stand side-by-side during a French-German ceremony in the clearing of Rethondes (the Glade of the Armistice) in Compiegne, northern France, on November 10, 2018 as part of commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the 11 November 1918 armistice, ending World War I. (Photo by PHILIPPE WOJAZER / POOL / AFP)