Keyword: Emmanuel Macron

France honours last survivor of French D-Day commando unit

Léon Gautier was one of 177 French marine commanders chosen to help spearhead the first wave of D-Day landings in Normandy, stepping ashore on June 6, 1944.

Man who slapped Macron given jail sentence

Damien Tarel, 28, has been given a four-month prison sentence for slapping Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday as the French president shook hands with a crowd in the south-east town of Tain L'Hermitage.

The catastrophe now upon us

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Emmanuel Macron on a walkabout in Valence, south-east France, after he was slapped by a man in the neighbouring town of Tain L'Hermitage, June 8th 2021. © Nicolas Guyonnet / Hans Lucas via AFP Emmanuel Macron on a walkabout in Valence, south-east France, after he was slapped by a man in the neighbouring town of Tain L'Hermitage, June 8th 2021. © Nicolas Guyonnet / Hans Lucas via AFP

After he was slapped earlier this week in a town in south-east France by a man shouting a medieval royalist battle cry, President Emmanuel Macron described the assault as an “incident” that should be “relativised”, and that “all is well”. On the contrary, writes Mediapart publishing editor Edwy Plenel in this opinion article, all is going badly, and the slap illustrates the far-right violence that has been set loose by the cynicism and irresponsibility of the Macron presidency.

Macron slapped during handshakes with crowd

Two men have been arrested after one shouted a royalist slogan and slapped French President Emmanuel Macron while he shook hands with a crowd of local residents in the town of Tain-l’Hermitage, south-east France, during a second leg of a six-week 'pulse of the nation' tour of the country.

Macron embarks on 'pulse of nation' tour of France

French President Emmanuel Macron this week began a six-week 'tour de France' with a trip to the south-west  of the country, presented by his staff as an attempt to better understand the grass-roots concerns of the nation but which political observers regard as the beginning of his campaign for re-election in 2022.

Why Africa's Great Green Wall has become Macron's latest pet cause

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Chad's stand at the COP21 climate summit at Le Bourget, near Paris, December 2nd 2015. © Eric Feferberg/AFP Chad's stand at the COP21 climate summit at Le Bourget, near Paris, December 2nd 2015. © Eric Feferberg/AFP

The Élysée portrays the plan to create a huge swathe of greenery across the Sahara and Sahel as the ultimate solution to the problems of unemployment, lawlessness and desertification in that part of the African continent. However, the French presidency's sudden interest in the Great Green Wall project – which was officially endorsed by the African Union back in 2007 - also has ulterior motives. And as Fanny Pigeaud reports, some experts are sceptical about its benefits.

France threatens to pull troops out of Mali

Emmanuel Macron says that France will withdraw its troops if Mali turns towards radical Islamism.

France to help Africa boost Covid-19 vaccine production, says Macron

At a news conference with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa in Pretoria, the French head of state said Africa made up around 20% of the world’s need for vaccines but only 1% of vaccine production.

In Rwanda visit, Macron acknowledges French part in genocide

French president says his country bears a responsibility for hundreds of thousands of deaths, but was not complicit. 

Macron visits Rwanda to ‘write new page’ in French relationship

President will address France’s role in 1994 genocide during a visit aimed at normalising ties between the two countries.

The rise of a new terrorist threat in France: the ultra-right

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A screengrab showing the ultra-right group Les Barjols. © Document Mediapart A screengrab showing the ultra-right group Les Barjols. © Document Mediapart

A report by prosecutors in Paris warns about the return of a terrorist threat from the ultra-right, Mediapart can reveal. Based on an analysis of seven separate investigations into allegations of terrorist conspiracies, the report details the groups' professionalism, their ability to arm themselves and the varied profiles of the activists, some of whom are highly-integrated members of society. Matthieu Suc and Marine Turchi report.

 

Macron wants Belarus opposition to attend next G7 summit

Proposal comes against a background of international outrage over Belarus's diversion of a Ryanair flight on Sunday and the arrest of a dissident journalist on board. 

Macron plays to France's young voters in YouTube video

With great relish and a straight face, France's president told a series of tall tales in a YouTube video that quickly went viral.

France gives all 18-year-olds €300 to spend on culture

On TikTok, President Emmanuel tells youths to use the app on anything cultural, including digital platforms...as long as they're French.

French court blocks police filming ban in Macron security law

Constitutional Council said that MPs who passed the controversial legislation had not set out clearly enough what would constitute a breach of the law in such situations.