Keyword: Emmanuel Macron

Italian PM and Macron plan EU 'asylum centres' in African countries

French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, meeting in Paris on Friday after a week-long dispute over Italy's decision to refuse the disembarkation of migrants rescued at sea by NGO ship Aquarius, agreed that the EU should set up migration processing centres in African countries of departure.

Macron launches reform of 'moth-eaten' welfare system

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Emmanuel Macron speaking in Montpellier, June 13th 2018. © DR Emmanuel Macron speaking in Montpellier, June 13th 2018. © DR

French President Emmanuel Macron this week presented a broad outline of a future reform of the country’s welfare system, in a speech to a congress of health insurance companies. Beyond an announcement of measures to facilitate access to certain types of healthcare and boost the prevention of illness, Macron said the current welfare system, which he described as “moth-eaten”, was a failed model, but insisted the solutions to its problems “cannot be budgetary”. Attacking poverty, he said, can only succeed by making people “responsible” for their lives. Manuel Jardinaud analyses the president’s speech and concludes that behind the catchphrases and carefully avoided issues emerges Macron’s strategy for the dismantling of France’s cherished social protection system.

Macron in hot water over price of new crockery

At a time of national belt-tightening due to his far-reaching programme of economic reforms, French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte have caused controversy over their decision to order new crockery for the Elysée Palace that one media report estimated has cost 500,000 euros.

Macron reveals hand in off-the-cuff comments on welfare spending

A brief video circulating on social media shows French President Emmanuel Macron talking about welfare spending to his aides within the Elysée Palace, telling them that 'we put too much dosh' into benefits and yet those 'born poor stay poor', arguing that people must be 'made responsible', and that healthcare policy should be more active in preventing the causes of the need for treatment.

Macron says Trump call like sausages: best not to know the contents

French President Emmanuel Macron, asked during a press conference about a phone conversation with US President Donald Trump last week on the latter's decision to impose import tariffs, borrowed a saying by 19th-century Prussian statesman Otto von Bismarck to the effect that it's best not to know what lies inside sausages.

Iran high on agenda as Netanyahu and Macron hold talks in Paris

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Tuesday, when the two swapped opposing views over the Iranian nuclear programme deal and the move of the US embassy to Jerusalem, but did agree on concerns over Iran's growing leverage in the Middle East.

Macron chief of staff subject of corruption probe

The French public prosecution services have opened an investigation into corruption allegations against President Emmanuel Macron's chief of staff, Alexis Kohler, which centre on suspected conflict of interest and influence peddling over his close connections with a major shipping company while serving as a senior civil servant.  

Macron says France helped avoid war in Lebanon

French president took credit for solving political crisis in Lebanon last year and stated that Saudi Arabia had held PM Saad al-Hariri for weeks. 

Macron urges Putin to 'get around the table' before it is too late

In a speech to the International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg on Friday, French President Emmanuel Macron warned that current world events represented 'one of the most difficult periods of our history', and called on Russia, which he said was 'an inalienable part of Europe' to join in dialogue, warning 'if we miss this moment then we really lose it forever'.

Macron meets with rights' activists in Russia

French President Emmanuel Macron, on a two-day visit to St Petersburg where he is holding talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, has highlighted his contacts with the leader of the rights' group Memorial, Alexander Cherkasov, and Natalia Solzhenitsyn, the widow of Soviet dissident writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn, whom he called 'the echo of a voice that marked the 20th century and continues to shine in ours'.

Democracy under 'Macronism' - the dangers of complacency

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Does President Emmanuel Macron's approach to government encourage the confusion of public and private interests? Does President Emmanuel Macron's approach to government encourage the confusion of public and private interests?

Two current affairs sum up the nature of 'Macronism', the approach to government adopted by the French president Emmanuel Macron since his election in May 2017. One involves his chief of staff at the Élysée and claims that he faces a clear conflict of interests between the public and private sectors, the other concerns the hefty discounts that the Macron campaign received on various campaign services during the presidential election. Both stories highlight the same problem: the failure of France's watchdogs to adequately monitor public life. Fabrice Arfi reports.

Emmanuel Macron waxwork faces meltdown after complaints

Social media users say wax image resembles a crazed figure from a horror film while museum bosses concede it makes president look 'tense'.

Macron pours cold water on Balkan EU membership hopes

Macron’s comments will be disappointment to Albania and Macedonia, who are hoping for green light next month to begin talks to join the bloc.

Macron to hold 'tough talks' with Facebook's Zuckerberg

French president to discuss tax and data privacy with Facebook boss when he hosts bosses of tech firms in Paris in bid to lure more investment.

Macron given European prize, tells Germany to drop budget ‘fetish’

French President Emmanuel Macron has been awarded the Charlemagne Prize, an honour given each year by the German city of Aachen to those it considers make a significant contribution to European unity and development, when he told assembled guests at the ceremony, who included German Chancellor Angela Merkel, that Berlin must do away with a ‘fetish’ for tight budgetary discipline among EU member states.