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WATCH: France bids a huge final farewell to rocker Hallyday

Saturday, 9 December 2017

A 'national homage' to French rocker Johnny Hallyday began in Paris Saturday with an honour guard of up to 700 bikers following his hearse down the Champs Elysees. Tens of thousands of fans lined the streets of the French capital to bid a final farewell to the 74-year-old singer known as the French Elvis, who died of lung cancer on Wednesday. Some fans cried as Hallyday's body, in a white coffin, was driven down the grand ceremonial avenue towards the Madeleine church for his funeral ceremony. ...

Macron in Qatar to discuss terror financing

Thursday, 7 December 2017

French President Emmanuel Macron arrived in Qatar on Thursday for an hours-long trip to the country amid a boycott of Doha by four Arab nations. Immediately after landing, Macron traveled to the vast al-Udeid Air Base, home to some 10,000 American troops and the forward headquarters of the US military’s Central Command. France also has a contingent of soldiers at the base, which is crucial to the ongoing fight against the ISIS group in Iraq and Syria and to the war in Afghanistan. Macron ...

Chad, an African dike against terrorism

Friday, 1 December 2017

A Levantine woman who was part of a delegation to Russia told me that during their meeting with President Vladimir Putin, he honestly told them: “If you want democracy, go to the US and if you want security and stability that protect the economy of your rich state, talk to us.” The horrific massacre which recently happened in Sinai reflects much of this logic. Democracy cannot flourish amid terrorist threats that are present in every corner. The West won against ISIS in Iraq and ...

Huda al-Husseini

WATCH: Macron gives shocking response to Moroccan woman

Friday, 24 November 2017

A young Moroccan woman did not expect to receive a shocking response from French President Emmanuel Macron when she asked him to help her stay in France to be with her sick parents. She asked him to help her get a residency, but he told her to return home if she was not at risk. The conversation was captured by French media during a visit to a volunteer center in Paris on Tuesday. The woman had entered France on an expired commercial visa, and she sought Macron to help her with getting a ...

Iran emphasizes maintaining the Revolutionary Guards in Syria

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards will play an active role in establishing a lasting “ceasefire” in crisis-hit Syria, its chief commander Mohammad Ali Jafari said, adding that disarming Lebanon’s Hezbollah was non-negotiable, state TV reported on Thursday. “Hezbollah must be armed to fight against the enemy of the Lebanese nation which is Israel. Naturally they should have the best weapons to protect Lebanon’s security. This issue is non-negotiable,” ...

The semblance of Chirac’s leadership style in Macron

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Those who followed former French President Jacques Chirac’s era will see much of his diplomatic approach in the presidency of Emmanuel Macron. Chirac adopted a form of personal diplomacy where he built relations on the basis of personal and close knowledge of world leaders.This successful approach was adopted throughout Chirac’s term in office, not only with late Lebanese prime minister Rafic Hariri, but also with the King of Morocco Hassan II.Yasser Arafat called him Dr. Chirac, ...

Randa Takieddine

France calls UN Security Council meeting over Libya slavery

Thursday, 23 November 2017

France on Wednesday called an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council over slave-trading in Libya as President Emmanuel Macron blasted the auctioning of Africans as a crime against humanity. “France decided this morning to ask for an urgent meeting of the United Nations Security Council to discuss this issue,” Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told parliament. “We are doing it as a permanent member of the Security Council. We have this capability and we are using ...

Macron as a firefighter diplomat

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

The mediation of Emmanuel Macron in the Hariri affair confirms France’s desire to play a central role in the Middle East. The principles of the diplomatic posture of Paris are regularly hammered by the French president’s advisers. France speaks to everyone – be it Saudis or Iranians – and does not have to take sides in the struggle for influence in the region. In this context, the Lebanese crisis was a promising test case for the French president who was able to deploy ...

Christian Chesnot

Macron says Iran misunderstands France’s ‘balanced’ position in region

Saturday, 18 November 2017

President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday that Iran misunderstood France’s “balanced” position in the region, which centered on not taking sides between Sunni and Shi‘ites, adding that Tehran should be less aggressive in the region. Speaking in Gothenburg, Macron said he wanted Iran to clarify the strategy around its ballistic missile program. Macron also said he would welcome Saad al-Hariri in Paris on Saturday as Lebanon’s prime minister and expected him to return ...

Hariri to arrive in France on Saturday, meet Macron, says Elysee source

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Lebanon’s prime minister Saad al-Hariri will arrive in France on Saturday and meet French President Emmanuel Macron, a source inside the French presidency said. Macron invited the Lebanese premier and his family to France on Wednesday, hoping to soothe a crisis triggered when Hariri announced his resignation 12 days ago. 

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