Keyword: Emmanuel Macron

Crisis as French interior minister forces Macron's hand over resignation

Gérard Collomb issued a direct challenge to Macron by insisting on his departure even when president refused to accept his resignation.

I’ve made some mistakes, humbled Macron admits

French president insisted nothing would shake his determination to reform the country but showed rare touch of humility in newspaper interview.

Is Macron the new Blair: praised abroad, mocked at home?

Just as Tony Blair once claimed to have the ear of George W. Bush, Macron has gone out of his way to establish a rapport with Donald Trump.

Has France's Macron lost his charm?

The promises of economic growth and more jobs have yet to materialise, and the French president is shedding popularity fast, says the BBC.

French ethics committee backs IVF for gay, single women

Emmanuel Macron promised during his presidential campaign to widen access to assisted reproductive technologies beyond straight couples.

How Macron's security aide produced gun for a selfie during election campaign

Alexandre Benalla and two other members of the campaign security team pose with a waitress in Poitiers in April 2017. © Mediapart Alexandre Benalla and two other members of the campaign security team pose with a waitress in Poitiers in April 2017. © Mediapart

The incident took place on the night of April 28th, 2017, after an election rally by Emmanuel Macron. Alexandre Benalla – who has now lost his job as the president's security aide – posed for a selfie in a restaurant. In it he is shown holding his gun. The problem for Benalla, however, is that at the time he was not authorised to carry a firearm. The prosecution authorities have now announced a preliminary investigation into the matter. Christophe Gueugneau and Antton Rouget report.

Macron opinion poll ratings slide to record low

An opinion survey published on Sunday showed French President Emmanuel Macron's popularity rating at its lowest level since coming to office last year, with just 29 percent of those polled declaring themselves satisfied with his leadership, down from 34 percent last month and 39 percent two months ago.

France to create memorial for terrorism victims

Speaking at a yearly gathering in tribute to victims of terrorism in France and French victims in other countries, President Emmanuel Macron announced the future creation of a memorial in their honour, together with a dedicated public body of support for all those affected by attacks, and promised increased financial support for relatives of victims of terrorism abroad.  

Macron prompts social media ire over comment to jobless man

During an open-day to the public to visit the grounds of the French presidential office, the Élysée Palace, Emmanuel Macron met with visitors who included a jobless man complaining about his difficulties in obtaining work as a gardener, to which the president replied he should simply choose an undermanned sector like the construction or catering industries.

Macron apologises for French army torture in Algerian war

In a highly symbolic ceremony, French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday met the 87-year-old widow of Maurice Audin, a communist mathematician who disappeared in 1957 after being arrested by the French military during the seven-year Algerian war of independence, when he apologised to Josette Audin on behalf of the French state and, in the first official admission of its kind, acknowledged the army's systematic use of torture during the conflict.

Economist Joseph Stiglitz: 'Europe is on the brink'

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Joseph Stiglitz in Mexico, June 2017. © Reuters Joseph Stiglitz in Mexico, June 2017. © Reuters

In an interview with Mediapart the celebrated Nobel Prize winner for economics, Joseph Stiglitz, says he is worried about the continuing pursuit of austerity policies in the Eurozone. The economist say he is concerned, too, about President Donald Trump's policies and the explosion in inequality since the financial crisis of 2008. More than ever, he tells Mediapart, there is a need for wages to rise, for better regulation of the financial world and for a war on huge “monopolies”. Mathieu Magnaudeix reports.

 

French government's curious silence over sports minister's resignation

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Former sports minister Laura Flessel with President Emmanuel Macron. © Reuters Former sports minister Laura Flessel with President Emmanuel Macron. © Reuters

When the former fencing champion Laura Flessel resigned as sports minister earlier this week her departure was initially put down simply to “personal reasons”. Later it emerged that she and her husband face a possible investigation over tax fraud in relation to a company they own. The government, however, has refused to say when it first became aware of possible issues over the minister's tax affairs. Antton Rouget investigates.

French minister quits in fresh blow to President Macron

Popular sports minister Laura Flessel, a former Olympic fencing champion, steps down for personal reasons as president's ratings hit new lows.

The French presidential system: its courtiers and cretinous nature

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After the resignation of his high-profile and popular environment minister – which exposed the gulf between the presidency and wider society – President Emmanuel Macron made a declaration and a decision which then widened that gap still further. The decision was the nomination of a close friend, the writer Philippe Besson, as France's consul general in Los Angeles. The declaration was his criticism of his own people as “Gauls who are resistant to change”. Mediapart publishing editor Edwy Plenel looks at what these recent episodes say about the state of France's outmoded presidential system.

Macron security aide affair: Alexandre Benalla says he concealed evidence

Villers-Cotterets, north-east of Paris, in March 2017,  Emmanuel Macron, accompanied by Alexandre Benalla, visits the town where writer Alexandre Dumas was born. © Reuters Villers-Cotterets, north-east of Paris, in March 2017, Emmanuel Macron, accompanied by Alexandre Benalla, visits the town where writer Alexandre Dumas was born. © Reuters

Paris prosecutors have refused to broaden the scope of the investigation of the Alexandre Benalla affair into claims that evidence in the case was concealed. This is despite the fact that, according to documents seen by Mediapart, President Emmanuel Macron's former security aide himself claimed that he had arranged for evidence to be hidden. The affair concerns claims – backed by video footage – that Benalla and another official unlawfully took part in the arrest of a May Day demonstrator in a Paris park earlier this year. Pascale Pascariello, Fabrice Arfi and Karl Laske report.