The strikes crippling French transport systems appeared set to continue through the end-of-year holiday period after talks between government and unions to find a compromise over President Emmanuel Macron's reforms to the pension system failed to reach a conclusion on Thursday.
French foreign minister Jean-Ives Le Drian on Wednesday travelled for talks with the Iraqi authorities on setting up a judicial framework to allow for the trials of jihadists detained in Syria, where Kurdish captors said they can longer ensure guarding them in face of the Turkish offensive in the north of the country.
At a press conference ahead of more than two hours of talks between French President Emmanuel Macron and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in southern France on Monday evening, Putin said he supported a plan for international talks to seek a resolution to the conflict in eastern Ukraine, while Macron said their discussions would centre on the crises in Syria and Libya because "Russia has an essential role in these situations".
At a press conference ahead of their talks at the French President's official retreat on the Mediterranean coast on Monday, Emmanuel Macron tackled Russian President Vladimir Putin on the crackdown on recent opposition protests in Moscow, to which the Russian leader spoke of a toll of deaths and injuries in France's 'yellow vest' protests, adding that, 'We wouldn’t want such events to take place in the Russian capital'.
French President Emmanuel Macron will host his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin for talks at the Fort de Bregançon, his official summer retreat in southern France, on Monday, ahead of the G7 leaders' meeting in Biarritz next weekend, from which Russia is excluded.
British Prime Minister Theresa May will end her holiday in Italy with a visit to French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday at the latter's official holiday home at the fort of Brigançon in southern France, when the two are expected to discuss increasing tensions over the stalemate in negotiations to reach a deal before Britain's exit from the European Union next March.
French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, meeting in Paris on Friday after a week-long dispute over Italy's decision to refuse the disembarkation of migrants rescued at sea by NGO ship Aquarius, agreed that the EU should set up migration processing centres in African countries of departure.
Talks to defuse two days of blockades of refineries and fuel depots around France by farmers angry at the importation of palm oil by biofuel plants instead of buying locally produced oilseed crops ended with union officials calling for the protests to continue after their 'disapointment' at government propositions.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Tuesday, when the two swapped opposing views over the Iranian nuclear programme deal and the move of the US embassy to Jerusalem, but did agree on concerns over Iran's growing leverage in the Middle East.
French justice minister Nicole Belloubet on Thursday presented an improved offer on pay and security conditions to unions representing France's 28,000 prison guards who last week began an open-ended strike following a series of assaults by inmates, notably including detained Islamic militants.
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who barrived overnight in France from Saudi Arabia where he announced he was resigning amid mysterious circumstances and speculation he was being forced to remain in Riyadh, held talks in Paris on Saturday with French President Emmanuel Macron and announced he would return to Beirut by next Wednesday.
At a press conference following the meeting in Paris on Tuesday evening between French President Emmanuel Macron and UK Prime Minister Theresa May, the French head of state, who has previously warned May that a tough deal awaits Britain's referendum decision to leave the EU, said of the so-called Brexit negotiations that until they come to an end 'there is always a chance to reopen the door'.
British Prime Minister Theresa May met with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Tuesday, with Brexit preparations and the introduction of stronger policing of extremist propaganda on social media high on the agenda, after which the two leaders are due to attend a France-England football friendly match, when French fans will be encouraged to sing the UK national anthem as a mark of respect after recent terrorist attacks in Manchester and London.
British Prime Minister Theresa May held talks with French Presisdent Emmanuel Macron on the sidelines of the G7 summit in Sicily when, a spokesperson said, she underlined that she wanted the reciprocal arrangements for British and EU expatriate nationals to be decided early on in the discussions over Britain's exit from the EU.