Jean-Marc Ayrault

German and French ministers urge deeper EU 'political union'

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Jean-Marc Ayrault and Frank-Walter Steinmeier urged other EU members to join them in further steps toward a 'political union in Europe'.

France-UK border deal won't be affected by Brexit, says Paris

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Despite calls in Calais for UK to 'take back its border', French ministers say bilateral deal that keeps migrants on French soil will not be affected.

UK must trigger Brexit clause immeditely says France

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Foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault suggested Britain appoint a new premier 'within a few days' and invoke EU's article 50 to start exit talks.

French FM rejects Netanyahu claims of bias

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Israeli PM said France's initiative for Israeli-Palestinian peace talks was overshadowed by support Paris gave to Al Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem.

France to hold summit on Israeli-Palestinian peace process

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Paris will host a meeting of foreign ministers at the end of May to set the stage for a peace conference later in the summer.

French and German foreign ministers in surprise visit to Libya

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Western nations hope UN-backed government of prime minister-designate Fayez Serraj can unite Libyans to fight an increasingly strong Islamic State affiliate.

France urges EU travel bans, asset freezes to break Libya logjam

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French FM slammed Libyan politicians blocking formation of a government of national untity needed for planned Western intervention against IS.  

French government reshuffle sees former PM return as foreign minister

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Jean-Marc Ayrault, President Hollande's first PM, is among nine new government members, including Green party leader Emmanuelle Cosse.

The staggering perks paid to France's former presidents and prime ministers

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Mediapart has gained access to a detailed account of the annual payments made to former French presidents and prime ministers in a lifelong system of perks and privileges that beggars belief. With items ranging from newspaper and dry-cleaning costs to the payment of staff, offices and vehicles, the country’s three surviving former heads of state cost the taxpayer a yearly 6.2 million euros. Former prime ministers, meanwhile, receive tens of thousands of euros annually for staff and vehicles, including one who left office 25 years ago. Mathilde Mathieu reports.

Valls and Ayrault complete handing-over ceremony

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Newly-appointed French PM Manuel Valls paid tribute to the outgoing Jean-Marc Ayrault during the ceremony on Tuesday afternoon.

In-fighting and manoeuvring: the story behind the appointment of new French Prime Minister Manuel Valls

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Former interior minister Manuel Valls officially took up office as France’s new prime minister on Tuesday in a handing over ceremony with the outgoing Jean-Marc Ayrault. The composition of the new government will be announced on Wednesday. President François Hollande’s nomination of Valls on Monday followed the Socialist Party’s historic debacle in local elections last weekend, but the move has met with mixed reaction among the ruling majority, divided into pro- and anti-Valls camps. Lénaïg Bredoux reports on the behind-the-scenes manoeuvring that preceded his appointment, and hears from insiders on how, over several months, worsening relations between Ayrault and Hollande reached a point of no return.

French PM Ayrault resigns, interior minister Valls expected to succeed him

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After the ruling socialists' debacle in local elections, Jean-Marc Ayrault resigned Monday ahead of President Hollande's evening TV address.

Hollande government says knew of Sarkozy phone-tapping

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PM Jean-Marc Ayrault says he and justice minister Christiane Taubira knew of phone-tapping on February 26, contrary to what she had said before.

New battle looms over France's Great West airport

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The long-running saga over plans to build a new airport in the west of France looks set to return to the political centre stage this weekend with the staging of a major demonstration. The French government backs the Great West airport project near Nantes, where Jean-Marc Ayrault was mayor before becoming prime minister in 2012. But despite losing their latest round of legal actions, opponents are determined to prevent the construction of an airport they say is 'pointless' and which will destroy the habitat of many species of flora and fauna. Jade Lingaard reports.

Hollande and his prime minister drift apart

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After 20 months in power, relations between French President François Hollande and Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault are showing cracks. Despite a public show of solidarity, in private the two men are at odds over the management of economic and social policies, and Ayrault’s future appears increasingly uncertain. Lénaïg Bredoux traces how the two men have begun drifting apart and hears the views from insiders close to both, one of whom insists: “François Hollande fired Ayrault in December, but no-one knows.”