Keyword: economy minister

The thwarted generation of socialists taking a tilt at the French presidency

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Clockwise, from top left: Benoît Hamon, Arnaud Montebourg, Manuel Valls and Vincent Peillon. © Reuters Clockwise, from top left: Benoît Hamon, Arnaud Montebourg, Manuel Valls and Vincent Peillon. © Reuters

The four main contenders to be the official mainstream socialist candidate for the 2017 French presidential elections, Benoît Hamon, Arnaud Montebourg, Vincent Peillon and Manuel Valls, know each other extremely well. For more than 20 years the members of this quartet have occupied important positions and roles in the Socialist Party and were once hailed as a new generation destined to modernise the party. Now, having never been able to form lasting alliances among themselves, and having been 'blocked' by the generation above them, the four are all standing against each other in the party's primary to choose a candidate for the Elysée. Stéphane Alliès and Donatien Huet report on four politicians who have waited a long time for their chance to become president.

Emotional Lagarde tells trial she acted in France's interests

On last day of her trial IMF chief insisted she did nothing wrong in authorising massive settlement to Bernard Tapie to settle dispute.

The political emptiness of French economy minister Emmanuel Macron

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French economy minister Emmanuel Macron on Friday handed veteran far-right politician Philippe de Villiers a public return to legitimacy, paying visit to the latter's money-spinning theme park and praising him as a"cultural entrepreneur". Amid the high-profile visit, the socialist government minister also proclaimed that "I am not socialist". Ahead of an expected bid for the presidency in elections due next May, Macron now regularly stars as the cover story for French weekly Paris-Match, in what appears almost a mirror image of the magazine's coverage dedicated last year to Nicolas Sarkozy. Here, Mediapart editor François Bonnet argues that Macron's political manoeuvring is nothing but an empty vase, and made possible only by the weakness of a used-up government approaching its final bow.

French economy minister pelted with eggs at stamp presentation

Former banker Emmanuel Macron was pelted with missiles when attending a post office issue of a stamp marking 80th anniversary of the Front Populaire.

French economy minister Macron to bid for presidency

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French economy minister Emmanuel Macron is to announce he will make a bid as an independent candidate for the French presidency in elections due in 2017, Mediapart has been told by well-informed sources. Macron, 38, who launched his own political movement last month, is reported to be actively seeking funds for his campaign. The move, which Mediapart understands may be announced in early June, could well be the final blow for President François Hollande’s own ambitions for a second term in office and has heightened tensions between Macron and Prime Minister Manuel Valls. Laurent Mauduit reports.

French economy minister launches 'Right and Left' political movement

Emmanuel Macron, 38, unknown two years ago and belonging to no political party, has raised speculation that he may run for the presidency in 2017.

French economy minister causes outrage over 'illiterate workers' comment

In a radio interview Emmanuel Macron described some of the largely female workforce facing lay-offs at a Brittany abattoir as 'illiterate'.

French economy minister dismisses the 'dead stars' of traditional left-wing ideology

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Emmanuel Macron this week replaced anti-austerity rebel Arnaud Montebourg as France’s new economy minister, a role that places him at the forefront of the socialist government’s struggle to return the country to growth and bring down record unemployment. Macron, who was latterly President François Hollande’s deputy chief-of-staff, has until now remained a figure unknown to the wider public, and an even more obscure one concerning his political vision. In an interview with Mediapart’s Lénaïg Bredoux and Joseph Confavreux last year, of which the principle extracts are published here, he detailed the reasons why he believes the Left must undergo a profound renovation to rid itself of what he believes is antiquated ideology and past certitudes that he described as "dead stars".

French economy minister slams austerity policies

Arnaud Montebourg attacked the 'dogmatic reduction of deficits, which is driving us to austerity and a continued rise in unemployment'.