Dior in China social media storm over 'pulled eye' make-up ad

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French fashion house Dior, part of the LVMH luxury goods group, has been accused of racism on Chinese social media and in the country's press for posting a photo on its Instagram account, which it subsequently removed, of an East Asian model pulling up a corner of her eye, captioned 'Channel your feline fierceness'.

Macron: EU shouldn't follow US or China on Taiwan

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The French president called for the EU to implement its stated policy of "strategic autonomy" and argued the bloc could become a "third pole" alongside China and the United States.

French diplomacy 'undercuts US efforts to rein China in'

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Allies don’t always see things the same way, as Emmanuel Macron’s cozy visit to Xi Jinping made abundantly clear, writes the Paris bureau chief of The New York Times.

Why China wants Macron to drive a wedge between Europe and US

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Xi Jinping thinks France can stop the EU falling further under Joe Biden’s influence. 

Macron says he is 'counting' on China to 'bring Russia to its senses'

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President Emmanuel Macron met his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Beijing on Thursday, as the French leader seeks to dissuade China from supporting Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Macron to visit Beijing in April to discuss 'peace plan' for Ukraine

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French President Emmanuel Macron, speaking on Saturday after China called for urgent peace talks to end the war in Ukraine, said he would visit Beijing in early April to further the initiative, but cautioned that a settlement would depend upon the condition that 'the Russian aggression was halted, troops withdrawn and territorial sovereignty of Ukraine and its people was respected'. 

Covid: France to require negative tests for arrivals from China

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The negative test will be required on direct flights from China and flights with stopovers.

Jean-Luc Mélenchon's China stance causes tensions on French Left

France — Opinion

The broad leftwing alliances NUPES became a major force in France's National Assembly following legislative elections in June. However, several leading figures in the alliance have voiced their strong disagreement with its main architect, the veteran radical left politician Jean-Luc Mélenchon, over the latter's stance on China and Taiwan. As François Bougon and Mathieu Dejean argue here in this opinion article, Mélenchon's rehashing of Chinese state propaganda stems from deep-seated anti-Americanism.

Chinese, French oil firms seal $10 billion deal for Uganda megaproject

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The so-called Final Investment Decision should pave the way for the export of millions of barrels of oil that was first discovered in 2006 in Uganda, one of the world's most biodiverse regions.

French parliament officially recognises Uyghur 'genocide'

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Members of the French parliamentary lower house, the National Assembly, have voted in favour of a resolution that recognises that Chinese government policies towards the country's Muslim Uyghur population constitutes 'crimes against humanity and genocide'. 

French senators visit Taiwan despite China protests

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Chinese embassy warned that the visit would damage the interests of China, Chinese-French relations and "the image of France" in recent comments on its website.

Why submarine sale row shows France must re-think its role in the world

International — Opinion

After a phone conversation on Wednesday, US President Joe Biden and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron appeared to have at least partly defused tensions over the new military pact between Australia, the UK and the US which entailed the cancellation of Australia’s purchase of 12 French submarines worth 56 billion euros. In this op-ed article, Mediapart’s international affairs specialist François Bougon argues that the diplomatic crisis of recent days should prompt a re-think of France’s global role and an end to the notion of its grandeur and exceptionalism, a heritage handed down from Charles de Gaulle.

In visit to French Polynesia, Macron tackles virus, China’s ambitions

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French president started his trip Saturday night in Tahiti with a visit to a hospital and an appeal to get vaccinated against the virus. 

France and South Pacific nations to combat 'predatory' fishing

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A French presidential adviser said the move was aimed at illegal fishing, as China expands its maritime reach.

France sends navy mission to South China Sea as tensions build

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Paris is to deploy its amphibious assault ship, the Tonnerre, and the frigate Surcouf to sail twice through waters claimed by Beijing, to assert its own presence in the region.