Posts tagged as Macron

Macron is responsible for Tripoli battle casualties

Thursday, May 23, 2019

French President Emmanuel Macron “is responsible” for the casualties in Libya, a fighter loyal to the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) told Euronews, condemning the French leader’s meeting with rebel general Khalifa Haftar. Macron received Haftar for a closed-door meeting in Paris on Wednesday as forces loyal to the strongman’s Libyan National Army (LNA) continue to wage an offensive to take the North African country’s capital, Tripoli, from the…

Notre Dame will be rebuilt in five years

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

France’s president Emmanuel Macron has told France, Notre Dame cathedral will be rebuilt, and it must be rebuilt within five years. In a live televised presidential address to the nation, Macron vowed the cathedral would be even more beautiful than it was before. It comes after more than €700 million in donations flooded in on Tuesday to help rebuild the Catholic landmark, which was catastrophically damaged by a fire on…

Macron Unveils Plan for ‘European Renaissance’ Ahead of EU Vote

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

French President Emmanuel Macron has made an impassioned defense of a new Europe in a newspaper column published in each of the 28 member states in which he laid out his ideas for a “European renaissance” ahead of EU elections in May. Calling the vote decisive and warning of a Europe in danger, his words are intended as a wake-up call for the bloc as he seeks to push fundamental…

Doubts greet Macron letter to quell French yellow vest anger

Monday, January 14, 2019

Yellow vest protesters and political rivals say a sweeping “letter to the French” from President Emmanuel Macron doesn’t go far enough to quell national anger at his policies. Macron’s letter explains how he’s addressing the movement’s concerns through a “grand debate” in local meetings around the country starting Tuesday. The debate will focus on taxes, public services, climate change and democracy. Yellow vest representative Jeremy Clement told BFM television Monday…

After weeks of unrest, France suspends fuel tax meant to help curb climate change

By James MCAULEY on Wednesday, December 5, 2018

French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe announced Tuesday that the French government will temporarily suspend a carbon tax plan that triggered weeks of often violent protests nationwide. To help curb climate change, the government had proposed the taxes, which were slated to take effect in January and were designed to wean consumers off diesel and other polluting fuels and to favor electric cars. But the price increases those taxes represented led…

Merkel calls for European army at EU Parliament address

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Angela Merkel echoed French President Emmanuel Macron’s cries for a European army at the ‘Future of Europe’ address. “We should work on a vision of one day establishing a real European army,” Merkel told members of the Parliament. Macron’s calls for such an army were heavily criticised by US President Donald Trump, who called it “very insulting” while continuing his spat with the French leader via Twitter this afternoon. In…

G7 leaders must be civil as they pressure Trump, says Macron

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Group of Seven leaders will pressure U.S. President Donald Trump at a summit this week on tariffs he has imposed on metals imports but must remain civil as they try to persuade him to change his mind, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday. But Macron, speaking to reporters after talks with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, also said the remaining six members were a powerful bloc that could survive…

Macron’s 1st year: World fame, Trump hugs, French anger

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

In just one year as France’s president, Emmanuel Macron has emerged as a key world player, speaking up for Europe and Western democratic values and striking a surprise friendship with Donald Trump. But Macron has made his biggest impact — and his biggest enemies — at home. Strikes and protests over his economic reforms have dominated the French landscape in recent weeks, and tens of thousands held a “party” Saturday…

Macron, Merkel in the White House: Back to basics

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel were both in Washington D.C. recently, on visits to the White House. Whereas President Macron was greeted with a lavish state reception, Chancellor Merkel’s visit was a modest working visit. Two issues dominated both the visits – the US continuing its participation in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) concerning Iran (often termed ‘the Iran deal’) and the EU’s exemption…

False friends – Macron calls Australian PM’s wife ‘delicious’

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

French President Emmanuel Macron has inspired a mixture of laughter and confusion during his visit to Australia after describing the wife of the Australian Prime Minister as “delicious”. Unsurprisingly the comment has attracted some attention…and giggles.    And unfortunately for the French President, who is currently visiting Australia, it was said in front of a crowd of reporters as he thanked the prime minister for his hospitality.     “I want…