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 ...

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. 

Saudi crown prince, French president discuss combating terrorism in phone call

Monday, 30 October 2017

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, also First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, received a phone call from French President Emmanuel Macron and discussed bilateral relations and means to combat terrorism, the Saudi Press Agency reported. The report added that they also discussed coordinating efforts to enhance security and stability in the region. 

French president inaugurates major Picasso exhibition

Monday, 9 October 2017

French President Emmanuel Macron has inaugurated a major Picasso exhibition in Paris, focusing on one key year in the Spanish master’s art and life. After visiting the show for an hour and a half with his wife Brigitte, Macron said he likes in Picasso’s paintings a “great sensuality” and at the same time a “political meaning” especially in the years leading up to World War II. The “Picasso 1932. Erotic Year” show displays many portraits of ...

France offers to mediate between Baghdad and Kurds

Thursday, 5 October 2017

France offered on Thursday to mediate in a political crisis pitting Iraq’s government against Kurdish regional authorities, and promised to maintain a military presence there until ISIS was defeated. The offer by President Emmanuel Macron coincided with a visit by Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, his first abroad since its Kurdish-held northern regions last month voted for independence in a referendum declared illegal by Baghdad. The Iraqi government ...

The Macron ‘doctrine’ for the Arab world

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Since his inauguration at the Elysée on May 14th, French President Emmanuel Macron has gradually unveiled his foreign policy, particularly regarding relations between France and the Arab world. Following his interactions with French ambassadors at the end of August, the broad contours and priorities of his foreign policy have started to emerge. Substantive changes in policy The changes are not superficial but are substantive. Macron has clearly laid out his fundamental premise: the ...

Christian Chesnot

Trump and Macron discuss ‘countering Iranian malign influence’

Saturday, 5 August 2017

US President Donald Trump discussed increasing cooperation in the ongoing crises in Syria and Iraq in a telephone call with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on Friday. The two leaders also spoke about "countering Iranian malign influence," according to a readout of the call provided by the White House. On the issue of Venezuela, Trump and Macron agreed that the regime of President Nicolas Maduro must "restore the rights of the Venezuelan people," the statement added. ...

Macron attempts a gamble in Libya

Monday, 31 July 2017

The joint statement adopted - but not signed - by Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj and his rival General Khalifa Haftar at Celle St-Cloud in the Paris region on July 25 is a nice diplomatic maneuver for French President Emmanuel Macron, or rather a poker stroke. How can we explain this French desire to relaunch a moribund reconciliation process? It was Jean-Yves Le Drian as Minister of Foreign Affairs and former Minister of Defense under President Hollande, who maintained ties with ...

Christian Chesnot

Trump: We face threats from systems that support and finance terrorism

Thursday, 13 July 2017

“We face threats from leaders and regimes in the world who finance and support terrorism,” US President Donald Trump told a news conference on Thursday in Paris with French President Emmanuel Macron. Trump added that America’s relationship with France is stronger than ever. The US president pointed out that Washington confirms its commitment to defeat terrorism. Trump pointed to the support of the Iraqi government to preserve what has been achieved. “We are seeking a ...

Macron says will lift of state of emergency ‘this autumn’

Monday, 3 July 2017

French President Emmanuel Macron said Monday he will “this autumn” lift a state of emergency in effect since the extremist attacks in Paris in November 2015 that killed 130 people.“I will re-establish the freedoms of the French people by lifting the state of emergency this autumn, because these freedoms are the precondition of the existence of a strong democracy,” Macron said in an address to both houses of parliament.The French leader last month set out a tough new ...

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