Keyword: Emmanuel Macron

‘Exhausted’ Macron clears diary to take four-day break

The French president is leaving with his wife Brigitte for a break to rest before a week of travel to commemorate the 1918 Great War Armistice.

Macron's ruling LREM party faces criticism as it embraces era of 'kit form politics'

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The La République en Marche party conference was held in Paris on October 21st, 2018. © MJ The La République en Marche party conference was held in Paris on October 21st, 2018. © MJ

The governing party set up by President Emmanuel Macron, La République en Marche (LREM), is seeking to mobilise and enthuse its activists as important elections approach. As part of that process it has developed a range of tools and documents inspired by business and management culture in which everyone is called upon to run grassroots initiatives. But as Manuel Jardinaud reports, these 'kit form' methods are not to everyone's tastes.

Preaching to the converted: President Macron's citizen consultations on the EU

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Emmanuel Macron at the launch of the citizens consultation process at Épinal in north-eastern  France on April 17th, 2018. © Élysée Emmanuel Macron at the launch of the citizens consultation process at Épinal in north-eastern France on April 17th, 2018. © Élysée

The aim was to allow people to come up with a concept of the “Europe of tomorrow”. Hundreds of public citizen consultations have already been held across France and more will continue into the autumn in a bid to help bring the French people closer to the European Union. Mediapart has visited three such meetings held in northern France, in Dieppe, Issy-les-Moulineaux and one of the seats of the European Parliament, Strasbourg. The Élysée promised they would be no holds barred meetings. But in reality the gatherings have largely attracted people who are already pro-European or who are members of President Emmanuel Macron's ruling party La République en Marche. Justine Brabant and Ludovic Lamant report.

Macron evades questions on halting Saudi arms sales

French president was asked if France would stop weapons sales to Riyadh after it admitted journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in its consulate.

Macron ambiguous over post-Brexit visas for UK residents

Speaking at the European Union summit in Brussels dominated by the struggling negotiations to find a mutual agreement for conditions of the UK's exit from the union, French President Emmanuel Macron described reports that British citizens would require a visa to enter or remain in France as 'fake news', but also did not rule out the possibility.

Macron waiting for 'clarity' before any response over Kashoggi case

French President Emmanuel Macron, speaking on Friday during a visit to Armenia, said he was still waiting for more facts about the fate of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who disappeared after entering Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul earlier this month, before deciding on France's response.

Eyes to the Right as Macron prepares government reshuffle

The departure last week of heavyweight interior minister Gérard Collomb has forced French President Emmanuel Macron into announcing a government reshuffle expected on Wednesday, as he prepares to enter phase two of his government and draw a line under months of scandals and political setbacks.

President Macron tells French to stop moaning

Macron, speaking after pensioner complained to him he only had a small pension, said country would be better off if people emulated de Gaulle.

Political crisis as Macron forced to accept interior minister's resignation

Qutting: interior minister Gérard Collomb in Marseille, May 24th, 2018. © REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier Qutting: interior minister Gérard Collomb in Marseille, May 24th, 2018. © REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier

After ten days of open crisis at the highest echelons of state, President Emmanuel Macron was on Tuesday October 2nd, 2018, forced to accept the resignation of interior minister Gérard Collomb – just hours after refusing it. Prime minister Édouard Philippe will become interim interior minister in the short term. Coming weeks after the resignation of high-profile environment minister Nicolas Hulot, this new departure further weakens the government, as Pauline Graulle, Manuel Jardinaud and Ellen Salvi report.

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.