In a speech to French ambassadors in Paris, French President Emmanuel Macron said 'Europe cannot rely on the United States only for its security' and that 'it's up to us to meet our responsibilities and guarantee our security, and therefore European sovereignty', including in cooperation with Russia.
French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire, speaking in German to a business conference in Berlin, said France and Germany had 'a way to go' in order to reach a common position for an ambitious reform of the eurozone, adding, 'We must act, it is now or never'.
In a speech to the International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg on Friday, French President Emmanuel Macron warned that current world events represented 'one of the most difficult periods of our history', and called on Russia, which he said was 'an inalienable part of Europe' to join in dialogue, warning 'if we miss this moment then we really lose it forever'.
French President Emmanuel Macron has been awarded the Charlemagne Prize, an honour given each year by the German city of Aachen to those it considers make a significant contribution to European unity and development, when he told assembled guests at the ceremony, who included German Chancellor Angela Merkel, that Berlin must do away with a ‘fetish’ for tight budgetary discipline among EU member states.
In a loudly applauded speech before the European Parliament on Monday, French President Emmanuel Macron warned against the spread of nationalist politics among some EU member states, slamming 'a fascination with the illiberal' and insisting that democracy 'is a word with meaning, which emerged from the battles of the past'.
In an unprecedented speech to Catholic bishops this week in Paris, French President Emmanuel Macron said 'We share in a confused way that relations between the Church and State have been damaged and it is up to you, as much as us, to repair them', prompting a political uproar and accusations that he undermined the secular pillar of France's constitution.
Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, 28, granddaughter of the founder of France's far-right party Front National, who is regarded as a potential future leader of the party currently headed by her aunt Marine Le Pen, was invited to the US Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland where she told the audience that a 'France first' campaign, mirrored on US president Donald Trump's slogan, is rallied by 'youth ready for this fight in Europe today'.
Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, 27, niece of Front National party leader Marine Le Pen, who is regarded as a future contender for the French far-right leadership despite her recent leave of absence from active politics, and who represents a staunchly Catholic, anti-abortion and anti-Gay marriage stance, is to address take part in the first full day of speeches at the US annual Conservative Political Action Conference, along with Republican lawmakers.
'France is back, France is back at the core of Europe', declared French President Emmanuel Macron during an hour-long speech before a packed assembly of world political and business leaders at the Davos World Economic Forum, when he positioned France as a champion of commercial innovation and pro-economic globilisation.
Conservative presidential election rivals did not attend the opposition party leader's keynote speech at the end of weekend policy meeting.
The French and German leaders, addressing the European Parliament, said current rules are obsolete and that a united EU stand must be adopted.
Manuel Valls told French parliament said keeping Greece in euro and EU "is something of the utmost geostrategic and geopolitical importance".
Former French president Sarkozy came under fire for singling out two non-white female ministers in a largely white government as incompetent.
Activists interrupted French far-right leader’s address displaying slogans including 'Heil Le Pen' and 'Stop Fascism' on their breasts.