Keyword: Donald Trump

Macron says white-knuckle handshake with Trump 'not innocent'

French President Emmanuel Macron interviewed in French weekly JDD said the widely commented handshake duel with his US counterpart Donald Trump, when the two met for the first time last week in Brussels, was 'a moment of truth' with a man he said was, along with Russian President Vladidmir Putin and Turkish leader Recep Erdoğan, 'in a logic of relations of power'.

Kuckles white, jaws clenched: Macron wins Trump handshake battle

The US president, who has raised eyebrows with his sometimes peculiarly vigorous handshaking of world leaders, appeared to meet his match during his first meeting with French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, when he was first to give way in a gripping contest of white knuckles and clenched fingers.

Macron and Trump hold talks during NATO mini summit

French President Emmanuel Macron met with US President Donald Trump at the US ambassador to Belgium's private residence in Brussles on Thursday, on the sidelines of a NATO summit, after which Macron said they had a 'long' and 'very frank' discussion on 'all subjects', when he urged the US not to withdraw support for the Paris Climate agreement pledges. 

Exclusive: Macron speaks out on Trump, Putin, Palestine, Syria, and the Greek debt

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Emmanuel Macron, who was elected as France’s new president on Sunday, gave his last interview before his landslide victory to Mediapart, in which he detailed the measures and policies he would adopt over his five-year term of office. During the two-hour interview on Friday evening, he detailed his approach to a number of foreign policy issues - which were little mentioned during his campaign - including French military intervention abroad, his views on Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Greek debt crisis, and US reluctance to implement the Paris COP 21 measures to combat climate change.

Minister rebukes Franco-Swiss company over Trump wall comment

French foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault intervened after LafargeHolcim's boss said he was prepared to supply materials forUS/Mexico wall.

Paris mayor hits back at Trump with Disney characters

In a response to US President Donald Trump's claims that a close friend no longer wanted to take his family to Paris, the capital's mayor Anne Hidalgo, launching a tourism campaign while celebrating the 25th anniversary of the French Disneyland site, tweeted a picture of herself with Mickey and Minnie Mouse celebrating the city's "dynamism and spirit of openness".

Kushners halt baseball team deal over France ambassador nomination

Speculation that Donald Trump will nominate Jeffrey Loria as US ambassador to France has led the family of the president's son-in-law and White House advisor, Jared Kushner, to pull out of a deal to buy Loria's baseball team, the Miami Marlins, reportedly to avoid allegations of conflict of interest.

Emmanuel Macron urges uneasy US scientists: 'Move to France'

Centrist presidential candidate calls on those alarmed by Donald Trump’s rhetoric to relocate to the ‘new land of innovation’.

France and Germany in united critical stand over Trump refugee ban

Germany's newly appointed foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel made his first official trip to meet with his French counterpart Jean-Marc Ayrault in Paris on Saturday, when the two men said US president Donald Trump's four-month ban on refugees from entering his country 'can only worry us' and goes against western values.

UK to be US 'vassal state', says French presidential candidate Macron

Former economy minister and independent centrist candidate in France's presidential elections, Emmanuel Macron, who increasingly appears to be within reach of the final round of the polling in May, said Britain was 'becoming the junior partner of the United States' after previously living 'in an equilibrium with Europe'.

Judith Butler on the 'fascist phenomenon' that put Trump into power

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US President-elect Donald Trump will be sworn into office on Friday, as much of the world holds its breath for the start of what is arguably the most controversial presidency in American history. In this interview with Mediapart, US thinker and academic Judith Butler analyses the true political nature of the 70-year-old businessman and reality-show star who is to lead the world's most powerful nation, and who is already at the centre of international tensions. She argues that behind Trump’s electoral success is “a fascist phenomenon” and says that “many rejoice to see this awkward and not very intelligent person posturing as the centre of the world, and gaining power through that posturing”.


The hidden activities of the clan behind Doyen Sports

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Tevfik Arif (r), with Kazakh-Israeli oligarch Alexander Mashkevitch (c) and Russian businessman Musa Bazhaev, in 2009. © EIC Tevfik Arif (r), with Kazakh-Israeli oligarch Alexander Mashkevitch (c) and Russian businessman Musa Bazhaev, in 2009. © EIC

One of the biggest investment funds in European football, Doyen Sports Investments, is controlled by a secretive Kazakh family who made their fortune in a chemicals plant and who hide their vast wealth in the British Virgin Islands. Tevfik Arif, who was for several years a business partner of US president-elect Donald Trump, is the ‘public face’ of the clan of four brothers who run the family’s business activities and who enjoy close links to several oligarchs from the former Soviet Union. In a series of further revelations from documents obtained from the Football Leaks platform by the journalistic consortium European Investigative Collaborations (EIC), Yann Philippin lifts the lid on one of football’s best-kept secrets.

Trump's partnership with the Kazakh businessman he says he hardly knew

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Donald Trump and Tefvik Arif in 2007. Donald Trump and Tefvik Arif in 2007.

Tevfik Arif is one of the key figures to feature in a series of revelations stemming from documents from the whistle-blowing platform Football Leaks and obtained by the European Investigative Collaborations (EIC) journalistic collective, in which Mediapart is a partner. The Kazakh-Turkish businessman is one of four brothers behind the secretive Doyen Group, and built a property development company in the US largely thanks to his controversial partnership with president-elect Donald Trump, including the construction of the Trump SoHo building in New York. Martine Orange and Yann Philippin report on an association which Trump now claims he has difficulty in remembering.  

France slams Trump's China-Taiwan statements

Foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said Trump's remarks that US might not be bound by longstanding one China policy were 'not very smart'.

W​ill the next political earthquake happen in France?

However key differences between the two – and the French electoral system – stand in the way of Marine Le Pen emulating Donald Trump.