France’s Macron mingles with fashion royalty in bid to woo designers

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Nowhere is fashion a bigger business than in France - and President Emmanuel Macron intends to keep it that way.Designers from France’s Jean Paul Gaultier to Lebanon’s Elie Saab descended on the Elysee Palace for dinner on Monday, as Macron sought to further boost one of the country’s most profitable sectors with an appeal to brands from far and wide.The gala, coinciding with Paris Fashion Week, was the latest effort by 40-year-old Macron, who came to power last May, to try and ...

Trump and Macron say will respond strongly to use of chemical weapons in Syria

Friday, 2 March 2018

US President Donald Trump spoke to the leaders of France and Germany about the situation on Friday. France said President Emmanuel Macron and Trump agreed to work together to implement a UN-backed ceasefire that has failed to stop the onslaught, and called on Russia to get Damascus to abide by it. Syrian government forces aim to advance into the eastern Ghouta region one "bite" at a time, a pro-government commander said on Friday, as a war monitor said the army had seized new ground ...

France’s Macron presses Putin to push for end to Syria crisis

Friday, 9 February 2018

French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday pressed Russia’s Vladimir Putin to do all he can to ensure the Syrian government puts an end to a deteriorating humanitarian crisis in eastern Ghouta and Idlib, the Elysee Palace said in a statement. In a telephone call, Macron told Putin it was imperative that peace talks made progress and expressed his concern over signs that chlorine bombs had been against civilians in recent weeks. “The president stressed the ...

Four migrants critical after being shot in brawl at French port of Calais

Friday, 2 February 2018

Four teenaged migrants were in critical condition Thursday after being shot during a huge brawl in the French port of Calais involving a hundred Afghans and Eritreans armed with sticks and stones, local authorities said. The four Eritreans aged between 16 and 18 were taken to hospital, the local prosecutor’s office said, addng at least 13 more people were injured, suffering “blows from iron bars”. It was not immediately clear who fired the bullets. The nearly two-hour fight ...

France reinforces financial support for Tunisia as Macron visits

Thursday, 1 February 2018

France said on Wednesday it would provide Tunisia with more than 272 million euros ($338 million) in new financing as it seeks to bolster the North African nation’s democratic transition. The support, announced during a visit to Tunis by French President Emmanuel Macron, includes 177 million euros in loans for state sector reform and urban development, and 50 million euros in aid for the digital economy. It also includes the conversion of 30 million euros of debt ...

French lawmakers vote for ‘right to make mistakes’

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

French lawmakers have voted for a flagship article in a new law which will give citizens the “right to make mistakes” in dealings with the government without being automatically punished.The article, which was adopted by a show of hands Tuesday night in the National Assembly, is the “cornerstone” of a law for “a state in the service of a trustworthy society”, according to the government.The law is part of reforms President Emmanuel Macron touted during his ...

Macron wants French baguette to get UNESCO heritage status

Saturday, 13 January 2018

French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday joined calls by bakers for France’s traditional baguette to be recognized as one of the world’s cultural treasures on UNESCO’s list of “intangible heritage”. The call came after the art of Naples’ dough-twirling pizza makers was given the nod by the UN cultural body’s World Heritage Committee in December. “The baguette is envied around the world. We must preserve its excellence and our expertise, and it is ...

Macron plans law to fight ‘fake news’ in 2018

Thursday, 4 January 2018

President Emmanuel Macron announced on Wednesday he would overhaul French media legislation this year to fight the spread of “fake news” on social media which he said was a threat to liberal democracies. Macron has said he and his team were victims of fake news and a major data hack during his election campaign last year. Since coming to office in May 2017, he has particularly pointed the finger at Russian media, accusing TV channel RT of sowing disinformation about him via its ...

Macron ‘worried’ about Iran, asks Rouhani for ‘restraint’

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

French President Emmanuel Macron Tuesday expressed his concern over unrest in Iran during a telephone conversation with counterpart Hassan Rouhani and called for “restraint and appeasement,” his office said. Macron brought up “the number of victims from the demonstrations”, and the two leaders also decided to postpone French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian’s visit to Teheran this week to a later date, the Elysee said. Twenty-one people have died and hundreds ...

Macron's firm migrant policy in France tarnishes human touch

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

It’s getting colder and colder, the clock is ticking and regional authorities are scrambling to meet President Emmanuel Macron’s deadline: get migrants off France’s streets and out of forest hideouts by year’s end.That won’t likely happen, and Macron’s government is now tightening the screws: ramping up expulsions, raising pressure on economic migrants and allowing divisive ID checks in emergency shelters.Critics contend that Macron’s increasingly tough ...

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