Keyword: Emmanuel Macron

Macron criticizes French government for holding back on reforms

Former economy minister, who quit last week, said Hollande's government made choice 'not to launch a second wave of economic reforms'.

Why Macron's resignation spells doom for Hollande

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The resignation of economy minister Emmanuel Macron from François Hollande's government on Tuesday to further his own electoral aspirations has dealt what looks like a fatal blow to the French president's already dwindling hopes ahead of next year's presidential election. But as Mediapart's editor François Bonnet argues, it also illustrates how an entire political system, that of France's Fifth Republic, is coming to an end.

Ex-economy minister aims for presidential bid to 'transform France'

Minutes after quitting government, former Hollande protégé Emmanuel Macron sets his sights on 2017 presidential election.

Emmanuel Macron resigns as French economy minister

Former close ally of President François Hollande breaks away to prepare rival presidential bid agaist his mentor.

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 hints at presidential bid

Emmanuel Macron, 38, came close to announcing he would stand against François Hollande next year at a rally of his new political movement in Paris.

French government reassures on Hinkley Point project

French economy minister Emmanuel Macron says Brexit vote will have 'no consequences' on the £18billion nuclear plant project in Britain.

Why Hollande did a U-turn over presidential primary

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Traditionally, incumbent French presidents do not take part in primary elections when standing for re-election and are simply anointed as their party's natural candidate. And up to now France's socialist president François Hollande has insisted he saw no need for such a contest on the Left ahead of next year's presidential election. However, out of the blue the Socialist Party has just announced plans for a primary election in January 2017 in which Hollande will take part. Hubert Huertas considers whether the surprise move will give Hollande's dwindling re-election prospects new hope - or will simply finish off his chances altogether.

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.

'No alternative': President Hollande emulates Thatcher

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The late British prime minister Margaret Thatcher famously said: “There is no alternative”. This phrase, abbreviated to TINA, became a symbol of her liberal economic approach to government. Now, faced with potential rivals from the Left ahead of the 2017 presidential election, the French president François Hollande has coined his own version of TINA by declaring: “There is no alternative on the Left outside the line that I represent”. Hubert Huertas examines Hollande's high-risk strategy.

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.

EDF staff rebel over Hinkley Point nuclear project

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Economy minister Emmanuel Macron and EDF boss Jean-Bernard Lévy are under fire over the Hinkley Point project. © Reuters Economy minister Emmanuel Macron and EDF boss Jean-Bernard Lévy are under fire over the Hinkley Point project. © Reuters

On Friday April 22nd the board of directors at French energy giant EDF announced they were delaying a final decision on building two European Pressurised Reactors (EPRs) at Hinkley Point in Britain. The news came in the wake of an unprecedented rebellion by EDF staff against the 23-billion-euro project which some fear could even lead to the demise of the state-owned French company. Mediapart has seen a letter backed by 400 managers which calls on EDF's directors to face up to their corporate responsibilities, or face potential legal action if the Hinkley project damages the company. Martine Orange reports.

EDF delays Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant decision

French energy firm admits there will be no final word on £18 bn project until at least the summer as it pledges to consult works committee.

The growing presidential ambitions of Hollande's former aide

As economy minister Emmanuel Macron rises in polls, his mentor President Hollande is under pressure to slap him down - or sack him.

French minister says UK would be 'killed' in post-Brexit trade talks

French economy minister Emmanuel Macron warned that if Britain leaves the European Union it would have no clout with countries like China.