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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

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)

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

Macron takes power as French president

May 14, 2017 - 4:55 PM

3rd UPDATE At his inauguration French President Emmanuel Macron says the European Union must be reformed and relaunched

Ex-PM Juppe rules himself out of French presidency

Mar 06, 2017 - 6:34 PM

I confirm for a final time that I will not be a candidate to be president of the republic Alain Juppe tells a news conference in his hometown Bordeaux

ALAIN JUPPE. Bordeaux' mayor Alain Juppe looks on during a press conference on March 6, 2017 at the City Hall in the western French city of Bordeaux. Photo by Georges Gobet/ AFP

Sarkozy announces new bid for French presidency

Aug 23, 2016 - 12:01 AM

The next 5 years will be filled with danger but also with hope writes Sarkozy who makes no secret of his ambition to reconquer the top office

NICOLAS SARKOZY. This file photo taken on February 13, 2016 shows Former French president and Les Republicains (LR) right-wing main opposition party's leader Nicolas Sarkozy giving a speech during the LR National Council in Paris. File photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

Tear gas, scuffles mar latest Paris anti-labor reforms protest

Jun 29, 2016 - 12:50 AM

UPDATED Police arrest 38 people as workers hold their 11th demonstration against proposed labor reforms

epa05396453 Protesters of the French workers unions participate in a national demonstration against the Labor Law reform in Paris, France, 28 June 2016. Labor unions demonstrate during a national protest across France against employment law reforms in the so-called El Khomri bill. EPA/IAN LANGSDON

Hollande promises French probes into Panama Papers cases

Apr 04, 2016 - 7:15 PM

French President Francois Hollande says the leaked documents are good news because they will ultimately lead to tax revenue

epa05236114 French President Francois Hollande delivers a speech at the end of the weekly cabinet meeting at the Elysee Presidential Palace in Paris, France, 30 March 2016. French President Francois Hollande announced that he was abandoning his plan for constitutional reforms in the wake of the November 13 attacks on Paris, including a measure to strip convicted terorrists of their nationality. EPA/STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / POOL MAXPPP OUT

French protesters clash with police over labor reforms

Mar 31, 2016 - 11:21 AM

UPDATED Around 100 people are arrested after clashes in parts of France

epa05237503 Public and private workers demonstrate in Marseille, Southern France, 31 March 2016. Unions have called a national day of demonstrations to protest against the labor law reform bill. The banner reads 'Don't break labor legislation'. EPA/GUILLAUME HORCAJUELO

Hundreds of thousands protest over French jobs reform

Mar 10, 2016 - 5:00 PM

The youth call the measures absurd but France claims it is trying to help young people the most

epa05202902 Thousands of people demonstrate with a poster reading youth lacking job security - youth mobilization - retreat of the labour law, next to the Place de la Republique to protest against the labor law controversial project of the government in Paris, France, 09 March 2016. Public services, traffic and transport was heavily disturbed on 09 March 2016 as a general strike was called countrywide against a draft of the French government on new labor laws. EPA/ETIENNE LAURENT

Hollande, Cameron to meet for Syria, anti-terrorism talks

Nov 21, 2015 - 7:00 PM

The meeting opens a week of intense diplomatic exchanges in which Hollande will meet with US President Barack Obama Russia s Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the wake of France s worst ever terror attack

MEETING ON TERROR ATTACKS. French President Francois Hollande will meet British Prime Minister David Cameron in Paris  to discuss the Syrian crisis

Gunman opens fire in 'terrorist attack' on Amsterdam-Paris train

Aug 22, 2015 - 6:14 AM

A heavily armed man opens fire in a terrorist attack on a high speed train travelling from Amsterdam to Paris injuring at least two people before being overpowered by two American passengers

INSPECTION. Police inspect a crime scene inside a Thalys train of French national railway operator SNCF at the main train station in Arras, northern France, on August 21, 2015Photo by Philippe Huguen / AFP

3 things you can do on Earth Day and beyond

Apr 22, 2015 - 11:12 AM

If people nature and the economy can all coexist harmoniously towards sustainable development then humanity will have a chance to survive on Earth

In Manila, Cardinal Tagle meets Pope's 'brother'

Mar 07, 2015 - 8:31 PM

Largely unnoticed in the French president s entourage in the Philippines Patriarch Bartholomew is among the world s towering religious figures

SIGN OF UNITY. The photo on the left shows Pope Francis bowing before Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in a sign of unity on November 29, 2014. The one on the right shows Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle meeting Bartholomew in the Philippines on February 27, 2015. Photo of Francis and Bartholomew by Filippo Monteforte/AFP. Photo of Tagle and Bartholomew by Noli Yamsuan/Archdiocese of Manila.

French president in PH: World faces decisive choice on climate

Feb 26, 2015 - 6:23 PM

The Philippines is the country that can best embody climate destruction in the world says French President Francois Hollande

APPEAL TO NATIONS. President Francois Hollande says a successful climate conference in Paris will only happen with political will from all nations to act decisively against global warming. All photos by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Activists to French president: Climate action not enough

Feb 24, 2015 - 3:21 PM

Activists want to remind President Francois Hollande of the obligations of developed countries like France to Filipinos and other countries suffering from climate change

'LES VULNERABLES.' Filipino climate justice activists invoke the famous novel of French author Victor Hugo in their message for French President Francois Hollande about climate change. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Hollywood actors to join French president in PH visit

Feb 18, 2015 - 4:53 PM

Oscar winning actors Jeremy Irons and Marion Cotillard will join French President Francois Hollande s Philippine visit from February 26 to 27 which includes a trip to Guiuan in Eastern Samar

VISITING THE PH. This is a file photo of France's President Francois Hollande during a New Year ceremony in Paris. Photo by Jacques Brinon/EPA

Putin, Merkel, Hollande urge Ukraine ceasefire

Feb 01, 2015 - 1:03 AM

The leaders also hope the withdrawal of heavy weapons will occupy a central place on the agenda

WILL TALKS FAIL? Armed pro-Russian rebels ride a tank in downtown Donetsk, Ukraine, January 22, 2015. File photo by Alexander Ermochenko/EPA

French president to visit PH, tackle climate change

Jan 23, 2015 - 8:47 PM

A special envoy for the environment says the French leader s visit will help set the stage for a crucial climate conference in Paris in December

REACHING OUT. The French President's Special Envoy for the Protection of the Environment Nicolas Hulot says France is gunning for a successful Paris climate conference in December. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

French, German leaders pay emotional tribute to WWI fallen

Aug 03, 2014 - 8:54 PM

French President Francois Hollande and his German counterpart Joachim Gauck pay emotional tributes to the millions of soldiers who died during World War I exactly 100 years after Germany declared hostilities against France

COMRADES. French President Francois Hollande (R) embraces his German counterpart Joachim Gauck as they deliver speeches during a commemoration ceremony at the WWI Hartmannswillerkopf National Monument, or Vieil Armand, in Wattwiller, northeastern France, on August 3, 2014 to mark the centenary of Germany's declaration of war to France. Photo by Sebastien Bozon / AFP

Hollande, Merkel seek common ground in Paris talks

May 30, 2013 - 10:02 PM

The discussions are aimed at reviving a longstanding tradition of France and Germany presenting a united front

In France, First Lady fights another battle

Sep 06, 2012 - 11:28 AM

France s feisty first lady is embroiled in an alleged feud with President Francois Hollande s ex partner

French president in first visit to Afghanistan

May 25, 2012 - 1:52 PM

French President Francois Hollande tells French troops in Afghanistan why he will pull them out

France, Germany in EU summit showdown

May 24, 2012 - 6:52 AM

French President Francois Hollande calls for eurobonds a jointly pooed eurozone debt

No honeymoon for Hollande

May 08, 2012 - 9:21 AM

France plunges into the European economic debate as other countries doubt his plan to review Europe s austerity measures