Posts tagged as Macron

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…

EU has to stand against authoritarian trends in members, says France’s Macron

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Emmanuel Macron, the President of France, has called on the European Union to renew its commitment to democracy, evaluating that «there seems to be a European civil war» between liberal democracy and rising authoritarianism. British public broadcaster BBC reports that on Tuesday, April 18, in a passionate speech to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, Macron stated: «I don’t want to belong to a generation of sleepwalkers that has forgotten…