Keyword: Emmanuel Macron

Prosecutors begin probe into missing gun safe owned by Macron's ex-aide Benalla

Emmanuel Macron and Alexandre Benalla. © Reuters Emmanuel Macron and Alexandre Benalla. © Reuters

A year and a half after the gun safe owned by Alexandre Benalla went missing, prosecutors in Paris have finally opened a judge-led investigation into the “removal of documents or objects … with the aim of hindering the truth from coming out”. With the support of the investigating judge, the probe could also now look into the disappearance of the contents of a second safe. This was the one that President Emmanuel Macron's former security aide used when he worked at the Élysée, before he was eventually sacked after being caught on video beating up a MayDay protestor in 2018. Fabrice Arfi, Antton Rouget and Marine Turchi report on the latest twist in the Benalla affair.

German FM warns off Macron from undermining NATO

German foreign minister Heiko Maas, reacting to French President Emmanuel Macron's remark last week that the North Atlantic Treatty Organisation, NATO, was 'brain dead', has said that 'without the United States, neither Germany nor Europe will be able to effectively protect themselves'.

Nato alliance 'brain dead' says Macron

 In an interview with the magazine The Economist ahead of a London summit to mark 70th anniversary of the founding of the North Atlantic Treaty Alliance (Nato), French President Emmanuel Macron said weakening US commitment to the alliance has depleted its strength and that 'What we are currently experiencing is the brain death of Nato', while he urged Europe to think of itself as a 'geopolitical power' to ensure it remained 'in control' of its destiny.   

Khamenei scorns Macron for trying to arrange US-Iranian talks

Iran's supreme leader said the French president was either naive or 'complicit with America'.

Why Thierry Breton - Macron's new pick for EU post - is epitome of French capitalism

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Thierry Breton with Emmanuel Macron, who was then economy minister, in 2016. © Reuters Thierry Breton with Emmanuel Macron, who was then economy minister, in 2016. © Reuters

After his first choice for EU Commissioner was rejected by MEPs, President Emmanuel Macron has nominated the veteran businessman and former government minister Thierry Breton as France's new candidate for the key Brussels post. But just how suitable is he? By flitting between business and politics, the former finance and economy minister has become a bridge between two worlds where collusion, cliquiness and conflicts of interest shamelessly run riot, argues Mediapart's Marine Orange.

Macron in overseas territory of Réunion amid cost of living protests

French president was greeted by a general strike and a crisis situation on Indian Ocean island that hasn't let up over the past 12 months.

Macron seeks to reassure Mayotte over illegal immigration, security

France’s 101st département wants investment to strengthen the Indian Ocean territory's public services and to combat illegal immigration.

France and Germany agree new rules on disputed arms exports

At a meeting on Wednesday between French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the two leaders reportedly agreed that weapons built by either of their countries and which contained 20% or more of components from the other would require before any export the consent of the country where the component was manufactured.

France's frail and fragile democracy

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Emmanuel Macron and Donald Trump during the G7 at Biarritz, south-west France, August 25th 2019. © Andrew Harnik/Pool via REUTERS Emmanuel Macron and Donald Trump during the G7 at Biarritz, south-west France, August 25th 2019. © Andrew Harnik/Pool via REUTERS

The reaction to Donald Trump's behaviour and the attempts at impeachment highlights the vitality of democratic culture in the United States when faced with executive abuse of power. In contrast, argues Mediapart publishing editor Edwy Plenel, France is served by a low-intensity democracy that has been undermined by the country's system of presidential monarchy.

France warns of risk of 'depressing' a generation' after Greta speech

President Macron criticised teenager's attack, saying such very radical positions were liable to 'antagonise our societies'.

Macron cautious on Trump-Rouhani meeting at UN summit

French president tells reporters en route to New York: 'We need to be clear-eyed.'

Italy, France urge EU shared reception of rescued migrants

Speaking at a joint press conference in Rome on Wednesday, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and French President Emmanuel Macron called for all 28 member states of the EU to share reception of the numbers of migrants landing in Europe after being rescued from perilous crossings of the Mediterranean Sea, when Macron said those who refused to do so should be 'seriously penalized'.

Macron warns his party against 'bourgeois' view on immigration

French President Emmanuel Macron has told a meeting of MPs from his ruling LREM party that it must shed its middle-class image and adopt a hard line towards illegal immigration which he said was pushing the working class 'who live with it' into the arms of the far-right.

Mathematician MP defies Macron to stand as Paris mayor candidate

With his long hair, bowties and ornate spider brooches, top mathematician Cédric Villani quickly became a popular politician as an MP in 2017.

Despite Macron's pleas over Amazon, French Guiana faces its own forest threats

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An unauthorised gold-prospecting site in operation in 2017 in French Guiana. © Parc Amazonien de Guyane An unauthorised gold-prospecting site in operation in 2017 in French Guiana. © Parc Amazonien de Guyane

For many years, French leaders have liked to pose on the international scene as potential saviours of the Amazon, as we have just witnessed at the recent G7 summit in Biarritz with the diplomatic spat between President Emmanuel Macron and Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro over forest fires. President François Mitterrand started the trend back at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. But alongside the diplomatic posturing there is also the reality of what is happening in French Guiana, an overseas region of France that lies just to the north-east of the Amazon rainforest. As Marion Briswalter reports from Cayenne in Guiana, what is happening on the ground in this French corner of South America reflects less well on Paris's stewardship of the environment.