United States

France asked US not to bomb Lafarge factory in Syria in 2014

France— Link

Email shows that France's Syrian envoy thought it 'legitimate' to approach US over cement plant in area controlled at the time by Islamic State.

Macron leaves home woes behind on trip to charm US

International— Analysis

French President Emmanuel Macron arrived in the United States on Monday for a three-day state visit, the first of its kind by a foreign head-of-state since the election of Donald Trump as president. Mediapart’s US correspondent Mathieu Magnaudeix analyses American perceptions of the French president as a bulwark against the advance of populist politics and an antidote to Trump, who one US media commentator even ventured to describe as “a beacon for progressives hoping to find their way back to the halls of power across the democratic world”.  

Frenchwoman on US terror blacklist detained in Syria

France— Link

The 33-year-old daughter of a gendarme is 'being held in a Kurdish camp and has been 'interrogated and tortured' says her mother.

US to end active membership of Paris-based UNESCO

International— Link

The US has said it is to withdraw its membership of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization based in Paris, effective in December 2018, in protest at what it called 'anti-Israeli bias', the announcement coming just days before the body elects a new secretary general, with Qatar's Hamad bin Abdulaziz al-Kawari tipped as favourite to win the vote.

France was informed of US Syria strikes, says minister

International— Link

French foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault called the escalation of the US military role in Syria a 'warning' to a 'criminal regime'.

Emmanuel Macron urges uneasy US scientists: 'Move to France'

France— Link

Centrist presidential candidate calls on those alarmed by Donald Trump’s rhetoric to relocate to the ‘new land of innovation’.

France promises to defend Iran nuclear deal

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French foreign minister speaks out in Tehran as relations between Iran and Trump administration are strained by new US immigration orders.

US, France and Russia should form 'alliance' says Marine Le Pen

International— Link

Far-right Front National leader urged pact to fight Islamist fundamentalism as she took aim at her chief domestic rival, François Fillon.

Donald Trump's victory, a 'political 9/11'

International— Opinion

Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential elections largely caught political experts, commentators, opinion poll agencies and the media by surprise. But, argues Mediapart editor François Bonnet in this op-ed article, Trump’s accession to the White House is a "political 9/11" and the most spectacular manifestation of a worldwide cycle that has seen the inexorable rise of strongman leaders, warmongering, nationalism and xenophobia, together with the arrival of extremists at the heart of the ideological landscape.

French politicians up defences against 'Anglo-Saxon multiculturalism'

International— Link

The perceived threat of the 'Anglo-Saxon model' is the upcome of distinct communities based on ethnic identity, while France, said PM Manuel Valls, 'does not see itself as a juxtaposition of communities, each with their autonomous path'.

France to call for an end to EU-US free trade talks

France— Link

Paris says it will appeal to EU Commission in September for an end to negotiations for the TTIP free trade agreement with the United States.

Why France is backtracking on free trade deal with US

France— Analysis

The French government was initially enthusiastic about the free trade agreement being negotiated between the European Union and the United States. However in recent months Paris, and in particular overseas trade minister Matthias Fekl, has taken a tougher line on the so-called TAFTA deal. Talks on the agreement resume in New York on Monday April 25th, while the day before President Barack Obama will raise the issue with German chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin. But as Ludovic Lamant reports, the chances of a deal being struck before the end of Obama's term of office look increasingly remote.

France threatens halt to EU-US trade deal talks

France— Link

Trade minister said option to end negotiations on proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) was 'still on the table'.

France feels increasingly isolated in fight against terror

France— Link

Paris worries its allies, including Germany, may not have the will to confront the militant threat head on, says The Wall Street Journal.

French people are tired of US politicians bashing France on the campaign trail

International— Link

French are setting the record straight after Jeb Bush in Republican campaign TV debate used term ‘French work week’ to denote a slacker.