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Macron seeks more EU powers as Europe faces coronavirus meltdown

03 March, 2020 9:00 pm 9:00 pm

PARIS/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron is leading a push for the European Union to acquire more powers to respond in healthcare emergencies, conscious that the EU risks being blamed for the continent’s shortcomings in tackling the coronavirus outbreak. After a decade in which Brussels has seen a debt crisis and deep internal divisions … Read More

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Macron defends closer dialogue with Russia, sees no alternative

02 February, 2020 11:47 pm 11:47 pm

MUNICH (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron said on Saturday that Europe’s policy of defiance towards Russia in recent years had failed and, as nobody wanted to confront Moscow directly, the only option was to have a closer dialogue to resolve differences. “I hear the defiance of all our partners, I’m not mad, but I … Read More

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French strike against Macron reforms enters day two

12 December, 2019 9:07 am 9:07 am

PARIS (Reuters) – A strike that crippled public transport and closed schools across France entered a second day on Friday, with trade unions saying they planned to keep going until President Emmanuel Macron backs down from a planned reform of pensions. The strike pits Macron, a 41-year-old former investment banker who came to power in … Read More

Striking unions cripple France in stand-off with Macron

12 December, 2019 4:48 pm 4:48 pm

PARIS (Reuters) – Railway workers, teachers and emergency room medics launched one of the biggest public sector strikes in France for decades on Thursday, determined to force President Emmanuel Macron to abandon plans to overhaul France’s generous pension system. Transport networks in Paris and cities across France ground to a near halt as unions dug … Read More

‘Very, very nasty’: Trump clashes with Macron before NATO summi...

12 December, 2019 9:43 am 9:43 am

LONDON (Reuters) – US President Donald Trump and French leader Emmanuel Macron clashed over the future of NATO on Tuesday before a summit intended to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Western military alliance. In sharp exchanges underlining discord in a transatlantic bloc hailed by backers as the most successful military pact in history, Trump … Read More

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Turkey’s Erdogan slams Macron over ‘brain dead’ NATO comm...

11 November, 2019 10:26 pm 10:26 pm

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that Emmanuel Macron’s warning that NATO was dying reflects a ‘sick and shallow’ understanding, telling the French president ‘you should check whether you are brain dead’. Erdogan was speaking days ahead of a summit of the military alliance, which Macron said was experiencing “brain death” … Read More


Macron made last-minute bid to get Trump, Rouhani to talk in New York

10 October, 2019 9:30 am 9:30 am

PARIS/WASHINGTON/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Before leaving New York last week, French President Emmanuel Macron made a failed last-minute push to get US President Donald Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to speak on the sidelines of the annual UN gathering of world leaders, according to several sources familiar with the situation. Macron had been trying … Read More

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European leaders join Macron for Bastille Day parade

07 July, 2019 10:08 pm 10:08 pm

PARIS (Reuters) – European leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel joined French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday for the traditional Bastille Day military parade in Paris, which this year honoured European military cooperation. After riding down the iconic Champs Elysees boulevard in a military vehicle escorted by motorcycles and a cavalry procession, Macron joined leaders … Read More

Trump, Macron, D-Day, veterans, 'fires of hell'

Trump, Macron honour D-Day veterans who fought through ‘fires of hell...

06 June, 2019 9:54 pm 9:54 pm

COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France (Reuters) – France will never forget the sacrifice of the Allied troops who liberated it from Nazi Germany, President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday, the 75th anniversary of the D-Day operation that helped bring World War Two to an end. U.S. President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May joined Macron at … Read More

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Le Pen beats Macron in France as nationalists gain in EU vote

05 May, 2019 11:45 pm 11:45 pm

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Marine Le Pen’s far-right party edged just ahead of the centrist alliance of President Emmanuel Macron in exit polls as French voters led what pollsters expected to be a nationalist surge in an EU parliament election on Sunday. The defeat for the president was narrow amid a sharply increased turnout that was … Read More


French yellow vest protesters clash with police but numbers wane

05 May, 2019 8:42 am 8:42 am

PARIS (Reuters) – Yellow vest protesters clashed with riot police in Paris and the northern city of Amiens as the French anti-government movement waned on its 28th straight weekend. Police in Amiens, hometown of President Emmanuel Macron, fired teargas at about 1,200 demonstrators after a group pelted stones at police, attacked local bank branches and … Read More

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Fire guts Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris; Macron pledges to rebuild

04 April, 2019 9:17 am 9:17 am

PARIS (Reuters) – A massive fire consumed Notre-Dame Cathedral on Monday, gutting the roof of the Paris landmark and stunning France and the world, though firefighters saved the main bell towers and outer walls from collapse before bringing the blaze under control. Flames that began in the early evening burst rapidly through the roof of … Read More

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Macron tests German patience in split over Brexit delay

04 April, 2019 10:59 pm 10:59 pm

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The ‘De Gaulle moment’ that many had speculated about before Wednesday night’s Brexit summit did not come, but President Emmanuel Macron still lived up to the spirit of the post-war French leader by throwing his weight around the EU table. Macron may not have used his veto, but his dogged determination to … Read More

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‘Yellow vest’ numbers down in 20th week of French protests

03 March, 2019 9:33 am 9:33 am

PARIS (Reuters) – Thousands of demonstrators marched in cities around France for a 20th weekend of “yellow vest” protests, but numbers were lower and clashes with police sporadic. Outbreaks of vandalism and confrontations with police led to more than 100 arrests on the margins of otherwise peaceful demonstrations in Paris, Avignon, Toulouse and Bordeaux – … Read More

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‘Yellow Vests’ march in Paris as troops join police to prevent ...

03 March, 2019 8:59 pm 8:59 pm

PARIS (Reuters) – French “yellow vest” demonstrators began their 19th consecutive weekend of protests against President Emmanuel Macron’s government on Saturday as military units were deployed to help police clamp down on any trouble. Protesters were banned from gathering on the Champs Elysees in Paris after shops and businesses on the avenue were looted and … Read More