French government urges Air France to pursue reforms as strikes bite

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Air France must become more competitive or it risks being further outpaced by rivals, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Sunday, piling pressure on unions and the carrier’s management to resolve a stand-off over pay. The dispute at Air France-KLM’s French brand deepened on Friday when staff rejected a pay deal, prompting the group’s CEO to resign and raising questions over the airline’s capacity to cut costs and reform. “If Air ...

Macron-Modi love on show as France courts India

Saturday, 10 March 2018

French President Emmanuel Macron Saturday said he wanted his country to be India’s best partner in Europe as he started a three-day trip to the country aimed at ratcheting up security and energy ties. Macron, who was welcomed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his traditional bear hug on his arrival late Friday, also said “collective security” will be on top of the agenda during talks later Saturday. “France is the entry point to Europe. We want to be India&rsquo ...

Macron eyes action against Chinese farm buyers

Thursday, 22 February 2018

President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday promised measures to help prevent foreign investors buying agricultural land in France after a string of international controversies over Chinese purchases.“For me, French agricultural lands are strategic investments on which our sovereignty depends, so we can’t allow hundreds of hectares of land to be bought by foreign powers without us knowing the aims of these purchases,” Macron told a crowd of young farmers at the presidential palace.He ...

Macron boots French media from presidential press room

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

The French presidency announced on Wednesday that it is kicking reporters out of the Elysee Palace and down the street in a move that symbolises Emmanuel Macron’s desire to keep the media at arm’s length. Reporters have had a press room inside the Elysee for the past four decades from which to cover press conferences, foreign leaders’ visits and other events. AFP and other news agencies have permanent desks there, notably allowing them to see who is arriving for meetings with ...

France urges halt to air strikes, aid corridors in Syria

Friday, 9 February 2018

French Defense Minister Florence Parly on Friday called for an end to air strikes in Syria and the opening of humanitarian corridors, saying it was unacceptable that civilians were being targeted. Parly highlighted the fighting in rebel-held areas of Idlib province and eastern Damascus, where waves of Syrian government and Russian strikes have killed dozens of civilians in recent days. “We are very worried. The air strikes need to end,” Parly said on France Inter radio. ...

Here are Macron’s three conditions before visiting Iran

Saturday, 3 February 2018

An Iranian member of parliament has revealed that French President Emmanuel Macron has sent a message setting three conditions ahead of his upcoming visit to Iran.The first demand was that Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei should accept the negotiations, secondly, that Iran should accept negotiations over Tehran’s missile programs. The third conditions reportedly focused on Iran’s interferences in the region, its regional war and support for extremist groups.Javad Karimi ...

Macron warns Turkey against ‘invasion’ of Syria

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

French President Emmanuel Macron said in an interview Wednesday that he would have a “real problem” with Turkey’s intervention against a Kurdish militia in Syria if it turned into an outright “invasion”. “If the operation became more than fighting a potential terrorist threat on the Turkish border and turns out to be an invasion operation, we would have a real problem with that,” Macron told Le Figaro daily. The US and France have repeatedly expressed ...

Trump, Macron agree that Iran protests are ‘sign of regime’s failure’

Monday, 8 January 2018

US President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron spoke on Saturday, the White House said on Sunday, and Trump provided Macron with an update on developments on the Korean Peninsula and the two discussed demonstrations in Iran. The White House said the conversation was intended “to underscore” US, South Korean and international resolve to achieve the complete denuclearization of North Korea. “The Presidents also agreed that the widespread demonstrations in Iran ...

Abbas says Palestinians won't accept US peace plan

Friday, 22 December 2017

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Friday that his people would “no longer accept” any peace plan proposed by the United States following Washington’s decision to unilaterally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The Trump administration has been preparing a plan in secret which is expected to be presented to the two sides in 2018. “The United States has proven to be a dishonest mediator in the peace process and we will no longer accept any plan from the ...

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 ...

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