Emmanuel Macron

French prosecutors probe Macron election campaigns

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France's prosecution services specialised in financial crimes have confirmed that a current investigation into potential tax fraud by the US-based consultancy giant McKinsey has been widened to include involvement by consultancy companies in Emmanuel Macron's two successful presidential election campaigns in 2017 and 2022.

Macron urges France’s big polluters to cut emissions by half

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Macron held meeting at Élysée with heads of some 50 industrial sites in France, accounting for about 10% of the country's total greenhouse gas emissions.

Macron social media video asks public to exchange on climate issues

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President Emmanuel Macron has launched a video on social media asking the public to give him their views on what French policies on climate change should be, and promising to respond to comments prompted by the invitiation this coming week, as he attends the COP 27 climate talks in Egypt.

Macron and Sunak hold talks on 'Channel migrant crossings'

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Newly appointed British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has held phone talks with French President Emmanuel Macron which Downing Street claimed were centred on cracking down on migrant crossings of the Channel although the Élsée made no mention of the subject.

Macron-Scholz talks paper over cracks in French-German relations

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German Chancellor Olaf Scholz was in Paris on Wednesday for lunch and talks with President Emmanuel Macron to a backdrop of increasingly strained relations between their two governments on a variety of issues.

Macron meets with Italy's far-right new PM

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After initially displaying reticence at meeting with Italy's new far-right prime minister during his offical visit to Italy, French President Emmanuel Macron finally held informal talks in Rome on Sunday with Giorgia Meloni, while also posting on Twitter his thanks to outgoing Italian premier Mario Draghi.

Macron says murder and rape of Paris schoolgirl was 'extreme evil'

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French President Emmanuel Macron said the murder, rape and torture of a 12-year-old girl in Paris earlier this month, for which a 24-year-old Algerian woman has been arrested and placed in preventive detention, was an act of 'extreme evil',  while he also praised her family for being 'incredibly dignified and united'.

French government hopes for the best but fears the worst amid growing social unrest

Élysée et gouvernement

President Emmanuel Macron's government is facing a potentially difficult week, haunted by the fear that the ongoing petrol crisis could lead to a wider social crisis. On Sunday the leftwing opposition staged a protest against the cost of living. Then on Tuesday a number of trade unions have called a day of national strikes over pay and the right to take industrial action. Ilyes Ramdani takes the temperature ahead of what could be a tumultuous few days in French politics.

Macron under fire for spelling out response if Russia goes nuclear

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French president said Paris would not trigger a nuclear response if Russia launched such a strike ‘in Ukraine or in the region.'

French refinery workers defy Macron’s call to ‘let country work’

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Government ministers meanwhile call on TotalEnergies to raise salaries in bid to end dispute. 

France to deliver air-defence systems to Ukraine, says Macron

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The president said that France was also negotiating to send six Caesar mobile artillery units to Ukraine.

Macron's top aide Alexis Kohler under investigation over 'unlawful conflict of interest'

In Depth: The Alexis Kohler affair

On September 23rd the president's chief of staff was placed under formal investigation for “unlawful conflict of interest” over claims he hid his family ties to the MSC shipping line and intervened in its favour on several occasions  while working as a senior civil servant. Alexis Kohler has also been placed under the status of “assisted witness” for “influence peddling” in relation to the same case. As Martine Orange reports, the news comes after the Élysée spent five years trying – in vain - to bury the case.

Why Macron must bear responsibility as his justice minister faces trial for conflict of interest

Justice — Opinion

For the first time in French political and legal history, a serving justice minister has been sent for trial before the Cour de Justice de la République. Éric Dupond-Moretti will appear before the CJR – the special court that deals with the alleged offences of ministers while in office – accused of an unlawful conflict of interest. He is said to have put pressure on anti-corruption prosecutors and a judge. However, argues Fabrice Arfi in this op-ed article, President Emmanuel Macron must also accept a major share of the responsibility for the affair. It was the head of state who appointed the former high-profile and outspoken lawyer to the post - and who then chose to keep him in office after the allegations first broke.

When Macron sent a twice-convicted man to represent France at Abe’s funeral

Justice — Analysis

At the request of Emmanuel Macron, Nicolas Sarkozy travelled to Tokyo to represent France at the state funeral on Tuesday of former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe. That was despite the fact that the former French president has two convictions, and notably one for corruption, and that he is currently placed under investigation for “criminal conspiracy”, “corruption”, “illicit campaign financing” and “receiving the proceeds of the misappropriation of public funds” in relation to the alleged Libyan funding of his 2007 election campaign. Fabrice Arfi and Ilyes Ramdani report.

Macron invited to US for first state visit of Biden presidency

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The visit, planned for December, will 'underscore the deep and enduring relationship between the United States and France, our oldest ally', said White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.