Keyword: Emmanuel Macron

How Macron's chief of staff was cleared over probe after president intervened

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The statement written by President Emmanuel Macron on behalf of his chief of staff, Alexis Kohler. © Document Mediapart The statement written by President Emmanuel Macron on behalf of his chief of staff, Alexis Kohler. © Document Mediapart

President Emmanuel Macron intervened personally in an investigation into a potential conflict of interest involving his chief of staff, Alexis Kohler, Mediapart can reveal. In the summer of 2019 a statement from the president was sent to France's financial crimes prosecution unit clearing Kohler's name after detectives investigating the case had written a damning report. Following President Macron's intervention, a second police report was written which reached very different conclusions. A month later, the whole case was dropped. Martine Orange investigates a move by the president which appears to breach the doctrine of the separation of powers between the government and the judicial system.

Macron denounces Turkey’s attitude in Libya

France sees Ankara as an obstacle to securing a cease-fire in the conflict-torn country.

Macron seeks review of fraud case against ex-rival and PM Fillon

Claims have emerged that prosecutors were pressured to move fast in a fraud inquiry against former prime minister François Fillon, his main right-wing rival in France's 2017 presidential race.

President Macron visits London for Resistance anniversary

The French head of state is commemorating the 80th anniversary of wartime leader Charles de Gaulle's BBC broadcast to occupied France after the 1940 Nazi invasion.

In TV address Macron slams discrimination, but not colonial symbols

In a televised address to the nation on Sunday evening, French President Emmanuel Macron called for 'unity' in France at a key moment when the country is trying to put the coronavirus crisis behind it while being shaken by a series of protests against racial injustice and police brutality.

Macron to visit London in first foreign trip since February

French President Emmanuel Macron will visit London on Thursday - his first foreign trip since the Covid-19 virus epidemic took hold in France - when he will commemorate the 80th anniversary of Charles de Gaulle's wartime appeal from the British capital calling on the French people to resist German occupation.

Police watchdog targets Mediapart's sources over story that implicates President Macron

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The activist Geneviève Legay on the ground having been knocked over by a police officer on March 23rd, 2019, in Nice. © Valery HACHE/AFP The activist Geneviève Legay on the ground having been knocked over by a police officer on March 23rd, 2019, in Nice. © Valery HACHE/AFP

In the spring of 2019 Mediapart journalist Pascale Pascariello revealed the lies told by a state prosecutor and President Emmanuel Macron himself over a case involving an activist in her 70s who was injured during a protest amid allegations of police violence. This week, on Tuesday 26th May, the reporter was questioned as a potential suspect by the police body which investigates police actions, the Inspection Générale de la Police Nationale (IGPN). The alleged offence is receiving information passed on as a result of a breach of professional confidentiality. As Mediapart's Fabrice Arfi writes, it is the fourth time in under 18 months that the legal system has targeted Mediapart's sources following investigations that have proved embarrassing for the government.

Macron says EU must act quickly on €750bn recovery plan

French president said that the Franco-German agreement had enabled progress to be made and that EU needed an ambitious agreement with 'all our European partners'.

France's $8.8bn plan to revive auto sector through electric cars

President Macron said the package would include one billion euros in subsidies for electric and hybrid cars, adding France should be producing a million green cars annually by 2025.

How virus crisis is changing the face - and politics - of French society

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People in Bordeaux, south-west France, applauding health sector workers from their balconies on May 6th 2020. © AFP/Hans Lucas People in Bordeaux, south-west France, applauding health sector workers from their balconies on May 6th 2020. © AFP/Hans Lucas

The ongoing Coronavirus health crisis facing France is leading to unprecedented political change. Large sections of society are on the march: taking charge of their own professions themselves and setting up numerous support structures and initiatives. And as François Bonnet argues in this op-ed article, this sudden land grab of some very political arenas by new groups has left society's traditional  institutions and political forces flat-footed.

France and Germany plan €500bn recovery fund

President Emmanuel Macron and Chancellor Angela Merkel announced the unprecedented package after talks by video conference.

The coronavirus crisis and the 'dethroning' of Emmanuel Macron

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French President Emmanuel Macron during a televised address on April 13th 2020. © Hans Lucas via AFP French President Emmanuel Macron during a televised address on April 13th 2020. © Hans Lucas via AFP

In face of the Covid-19 virus crisis, French President Emmanuel Macron has failed in his mission, presiding over disorder, a sore lack of means to fight the epidemic and a ‘communications’ campaign of lies, argues Mediapart publishing editor and co-founder Edwy Plenel. In this op-ed article, he urges the dismissal of an antiquated presidential system and the establishment of a truly democratic republic in France.

Life will not return to normal after May 11, Macron warns

French president said ending the national lockdown on May 11 would only be first step for France to pull out of coronavirus crisis, for which his handling faces mounting criticism. 

'Merkel speaks to adults...Macron talks as if we're children'

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Angela Merkel - treating the German people as grown-ups. Angela Merkel - treating the German people as grown-ups.

In an interview with Mediapart, history lecturer Johann Chapoutot, an expert on contemporary Germany and the history of the Nazis, uses the example of Germany to highlight France's failings in its handling of the coronavirus pandemic. He says that while the German chancellor Angela Merkel appeals to people's reason, in France “they lie to us”. Interview by Ludovic Lamant.

Macron questions China's management of Covid-19 epidemic

In an interview with the Financial Times, and during a week of heightening diplomatic tensions between Paris and Beijing, French President Emmanuel Macron said it would be 'naive' to believe the Chinese authorities had dealt better with the Covid-19 virus crisis than Western democracies, and that in China 'There are clearly things that have happened that we don't know about'.