Keyword: Emmanuel Macron

‘The end of naivety’: Macron backs EU vaccine export curbs

French president said the EU had been late in ramping up vaccine production and jabs, but was catching up and would become the world’s biggest producer of vaccines this summer.

Macron admits EU leaders didn't believe jabs would be ready so soon

French president says Europe's sluggish rollout of vaccines againt Covid 'should be a lesson for all of us'.

Macron says Turkey plans to try to sway French elections

Ties between French leader and Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan have been tense over issues ranging from religion to energy exploration in the eastern Mediterranean.

Macron spares Paris region from weekend lockdown - for now

Prime minister Jean Castex did however announce a weekend lockdown for the northerly Pas-de-Calais area, like that already imposed on the French Riviera.

Macron admits French forces ‘murdered’ Algerian freedom fighter

The French president made the admission "in the name of France" during a meeting with Ali Boumendjel's grandchildren.

What's behind France's AstraZeneca turnaround?

French  Macron said AstraZeneca vaccine was "almost ineffective" in the over-65s but his government has announced an apparent U-turn by approving the jab for some older people.

Paris mayor puts President Macron on spot over refusal to order new lockdown

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President Emmanuel Macron and Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo on July 24th 2020. © Franck Fife/AFP President Emmanuel Macron and Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo on July 24th 2020. © Franck Fife/AFP

The city authorities in Paris, led by mayor Anne Hidalgo, have suggested that the French capital and surrounding region be put under a new lockdown to tackle the worsening Covid-19 virus situation there. This has piled pressure on President Emmanuel Macron who has been described by some as the country's “epidemiologist-in-chief” and who has so far resisted growing calls for a lockdown not just in the capital but across France. As Ellen Salvi reports, the Paris authorities are effectively asking a question that the head of state's supporters are refusing to countenance: what if the French president has got it wrong?

How France's crackdown on 'separatism' has played into hands of Turkey's Erdogan

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Emmanuel Macron and Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the NATO summit on December 4th 2019. © CHRISTIAN HARTMANN / POOL / AFP Emmanuel Macron and Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the NATO summit on December 4th 2019. © CHRISTIAN HARTMANN / POOL / AFP

President Emmanuel Macron has championed measures against Islamic 'separatism' in French society, and legislation on the issue is currently going through the country's Parliament. This controversial move has handed Turkey's combative president Recep Tayyip Erdogan a fresh opportunity to portray himself as the leading Muslim leader standing up against Western Islamophobia. But as Nicolas Cheviron reports from Istanbul, behind the geopolitical considerations, Franco-Turkish Muslims have genuine concerns about the new measures in France.

How French interior minister Gérald Darmanin shifted his line of defence in rape claim probe

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Denies the claims: interior minister Gérald Darmanin. © THOMAS COEX / AFP Denies the claims: interior minister Gérald Darmanin. © THOMAS COEX / AFP

Mediapart has had access to new information in the current investigation into rape allegations against France's interior minister Gérald Darmanin, claims that date back to 2009. Some documents we have seen contradict parts of his defence. The file also shows that when he was questioned by the investigating judge in mid-December 2020 the minister - who denies the claims - changed his version of events over a key exchange of SMS messages, in which the complainant accuses him of having “abused his position”. And in addition the minister gave new explanations to justify some of the more embarrassing aspects of the case. Antton Rouget and Marine Turchi report.

Macron says anyone who wants vaccine will have it by end of summer

French president said that in the coming weeks production of COVID-19 vaccines in France will start and there would eventually be four different production centres.

The Algerian view of the report by historian Benjamin Stora on France's colonial past

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The skulls of Algerian resistance fighters decapitated during France's conquest in the 19th century have been returned to the country. © Sofiane Bakouri / Hans Lucas via AFP The skulls of Algerian resistance fighters decapitated during France's conquest in the 19th century have been returned to the country. © Sofiane Bakouri / Hans Lucas via AFP

In January 2021 the French historian Benjamin Stora delivered a report commissioned by President Emmanuel Macron that is aimed at “reconciling memories” between France and its former colony Algeria. The French head of state said he would follow a recommendation in the report and establish a “memories and truth” commission to address the history of France’s colonial past in Algeria, but he stopped short of issuing an official apology. The report itself has attracted criticism in both France and Algeria. Mediapart has asked two Algerian historians, Afaf Zekkour and Noureddine Amara, for their views of the document and of Franco-Algeiran relations in general. The pair criticise Stora for what they call “soft revisionism” and for prioritising France's needs for a united view over the recounting of history. Rachida El Azzouzi reports.

France tries to come to terms with colonial past in Algeria

The commission was a central recommendation of a report presented to Mr Macron last week by historian Benjamin Stora that marks another attempt to try to come to terms with one of the most sensitive periods of French history.

Macron says AstraZeneca jab seems ‘almost ineffective’ on older people

French president’s remarks came shortly before EU regulator approved jab for all adults; he also suggested that Britain's one-jab vaccination priority was 'not very serious'.

Macron's former security aide to stand trial for 'forgery' over passports

Alexandre Benalla, who is now facing five investigations, faces charges of forgery, concealment and “unlawful public use of documents justifying a professional status”.

Macron mulls third lockdown despite concerns over public mood

Move comes as French government concedes that a tougher nightly curfew has largely failed to control the spread of the virus.