Keyword: interview

Shamed Élysée aide says he was 'weak link' for Macron's enemies

In his first interview since prompting the worst crisis of Emmanuel Macron's presidency, disgraced security aide Alexandre Benalla said 'my case has been used to settle scores' and accused 'politicians and police' of using him as 'weak link' with which to hurt the French president.

Mediapart and BFM-TV interview Emmanuel Macron

After almost one year in office, French President Emmanuel Macron gave a live interview on Sunday evening with Mediapart’s cofounder and publishing editor Edwy Plenel and Jean-Jacques Bourdin of French rolling news channel BFM-TV. The wide-ranging two-hour interview, the French president’s first public appearance since France joined the US and Britain in missile strikes this weekend against the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad, was streamed live on Mediapart (with studio debates from Mediapart before and after the interview) and can be replayed here (click on screen, in French only). Together with the video in French of the full interview, arguably the first uncompromising quizzing of a French head of state, follow the highlights in English here (click on headline for article page).

Outspoken French gender equality minister in New Yorker interview

Amid the controversy of sex assault allegations against two of her fellow members of government, French gender equality minister Marlène Schiappa tells The New Yorker why she could not remain in a government with a minister placed under investigation for rape, and why she is determined to see through proposed legislation that makes pressing sexual advances in a public place an offence.

Macron says Trump ‘not a classical politician’

French President Emmanuel Macron, speaking in a television interview with the BBC, said he shared the outrage of African countries after US President Donald Trump reportedly described Central American and African nations as ‘shithole countries’ at a White House meeting with lawmakers earlier this month.

IS group redeploying as underground network, warns French minister

French defence minister Florence Parly has warned that the fight against the so-called Islamic State group, which has lost most of the territory it once controlled in Iraq and Syria, is far from over as it is re-organising itself into an underground terrorist network.

Storm over Macron jibe at staff protesting plant lay-offs

French President Emmanuel Macron, visiting an industrial site in central France where jobs are to be cut, used strong language to suggest that protesting workers would do better to abandon militant campaigns and apply for jobs at a nearby factory where staff are needed, prompting accusations that he showed contempt for the plight of those made redundant.

French presidential candidate Macron promises 'tough' deal on Brexit

Maverick centrist Emmanuel Macron, the former French economy minister who is currently tipped by opinion polls to reach the two-horse final round of presidential elections in May, has warned Britain that 'you don’t get a passport and you don’t get access to the single market when you decide to leave' the European Union.

France plans to extend state of emergency measures into 2017

In an interview with the BBC, French Prime minister Manuel Valls has hinted that state of emergency powers, introduced after last year's Paris terrorist attacks, would be prolonged to next spring when the country holds presidential and parliamentary elections.

Former aide slams Nicolas Sarkozy for 'lying' over campaign funds scam

The former deputy director of Sarkozy's 2012 presidential election campaign said the latter has lied over his knowledge of account fixing scandal.

Catherine Deneuve laments demise of stars and rise of social media

The actress, 71, who's new film will open the Cannes Film Festival, says France no longer has true stars while no-ones are now in the limelight.

Widow of Paris kosher store gunman 'interviewed' in IS magazine

In the latest edition of its French-language magazine, Islamic State presents Hayat Boumeddiene, 26, as being present with the group in Syria.

Veteran socialist bigwig Martine Aubry tells Hollande to turn Left

Lille mayor and former party boss lashes out at socialist government's policies, demanding it reorients economic policy favouring business.

Hollande vows no policy change as economy stagnates

In an interview with Le Monde, the French president said 'zigzagging would make our policies incomprehensible' and would produce no results.

Marine Le Pen has 'respect' for Putin as much as for Merkel

French far-right leader tells Der Spiegel that Russia's president 'puts Russian people first', and that she eyes power in France within ten years.

France 'was on verge of bankruptcy', Hollande says in TV interview

In wide-ranging interview in bid to boost record low ratings, French president says he wants to be judged on results at the end of his 5-year term.