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Macron slams 'separatism', bigotry on 150th anniversary of republic

In a speech delivered at the Panthéon monument in Paris, during celebrations of the creation of the modern French republic in 1870, President Emmanuel Macron launched a strong against what he called 'separatism' by some in society, talking up the freedoms that the country allows, and notably the freedom of expression and the right to blaspheme, while warning that, 'The republic is still fragile, still precarious'.

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Macron tells German parliament Europe must block global chaos

In a speech to Germany's parliament, French President Emmanuel Macron said Europe must not become 'a plaything of great powers' and that 'in this global order [...] our true strength lies in unity'.

Macron urges EU to bolster defence without reliance on US

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.

France urges Germany to be more ambitious for eurozone

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'.

Macron urges Putin to 'get around the table' before it is too late

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'.

Macron given European prize, tells Germany to drop budget ‘fetish’

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.

Macron slams 'illiberal' slide of nationalism in EU countries

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'.

Macron slammed over overtures to France's Catholic Church

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.

French far-right 'heiress' addresses US conservatives

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'.

French far-right leader's niece to address US conservatives

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' declares upbeat Macron at Davos forum

'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.

Rivals snub Sarkozy policy speech

Conservative presidential election rivals did not attend the opposition party leader's keynote speech at the end of weekend policy meeting.

Hollande and Merkel call for swift EU reform of asylum system

The French and German leaders, addressing the European Parliament, said current rules are obsolete and that a united EU stand must be adopted.

French PM insists France refuses Greek exit from eurozone

Manuel Valls told French parliament said keeping Greece in euro and EU "is something of the utmost geostrategic and geopolitical importance".

Socialists attack Sarkozy for racially-charged rhetoric against ministers

Former French president Sarkozy came under fire for singling out two non-white female ministers in a largely white government as incompetent.