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Macron insists rights issues were discussed with Egypt's El-Sisi

French President Emmanuel Macron, hosting an official visit to Paris by his Egyptian counterpart Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, said on Tuesday that rights abuses in the Middle East country were discussed in joint talks but that he he understood the “context” of the fight against violent guerrilla groups in Egypt, which Amnesty International says is 'facing its worst human rights crisis in recent history'.

Human rights activists denounce French welcome to Egyptian president

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's first official visit to France since the election this year of Emmanuel Macron is clouded by demands from NGOs that Paris should place human rights abuses at the fore of the agenda of discussions expected to centre on economic deals and counter-terrorism strategy.

Apple CEO visits France, meets Macron

Apple boss Tim Cook, after meeting with the company’s suppliers and developers in northern France and visiting graves at the site of the Normandy landings, met with Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Monday, amid a drive by the French president and other European leaders to force a number tech and web-based giants to pay taxes where their activities are based.

Emmanuel Macron visits hurricane-hit Caribbean islands

French President Emmanuel Macron is on a tour of the French Caribbean islands of Saint Martin and Saint Barthélemy, which were both devastated last week by Hurricane Irma, promising aid to rebuild homes and infrastructures, while controversy continues over his government's management of events before and after the disaster.

The stakes behind the 'Trump and Macron show'

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Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron at the Elysée Palace july 13th. © Reuters Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron at the Elysée Palace july 13th. © Reuters

US President Donald Trump’s two-day visit to Paris last week saw him courted with great pomp and ceremony by his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron whose red-carpet welcome provided Trump with a welcome diversion from political turmoil at home and a rare break from his isolation on the international stage. Macron, meanwhile, seized the opportunity of the vacuum created by Brexit and forthcoming elections in Germany to position Paris as Washington’s new “special friend” in Europe. Mediapart’s Washington correspondent Philippe Coste reports on how the manoeuvring was viewed from across the Atlantic.

Controversy over Netanyahu visit to Paris for commemoration

A visit to Paris on Sunday by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, when he will join in a commemoration of the 1942 arrest in the French capital for deportation of an estimated 13,000 Jews, has been criticised in France by Jewish organisations and others as handing his government an unwelcome political platform.

Trump arrives in Paris for Bastille Day parade

US President Donald Trump arrived in Paris on Thursday for a two-day visit when he will take part in the traditional French Bastille Day military parade and commemorations of the entry 100 years ago of US troops into World War One, while also holding several meetings with French President Emmanuel Macron who officials said was keen to de-frost relations with the US leader.

Macron in lightning visit to French troops in Mali

In a visit lasting just a few hours, President Emmanuel Macron on Friday met some of the 4,000 French troops engaged in Mali to fight jihadist forces in the north and the wider Sahel region, pledge that France will continue to defend the West African country and to provide aide for its development.   

Macron to meet Merkel in Berlin on Monday

Emmanuel Macron is to travel to Germany to meet Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday, the day after his inauguration as France's new president, when the two leaders are expected to seek agreement on measures to strengthen the eurozone.

French FM visits school pupils seriously injured in London attack

France's foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault flew to London on Thursday where he visited three French school pupils who were seriously injured when they were struck by a vehicle driven at high speed into pedestrians crossing Westminster Bridge on Wednesday, in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group.

Macron meets May in London, calls on UK 'talented' to move to France

Maverick centrist presidential election candidate Emmanuel Macron, predicted by polls as a favourite to win the spring elections, visited London on Tuesday where he met with British Prime Minister Theresa May said he planned 'a series of initiatives to get talented people in research and lots of fields working here to come to France' after Brexit.

French president visits Colombian rebel camp

François Hollande, on the second leg of a South American tour and who is the first French president to visit Colombia in 30 years, pledged further support for the country's peace process, which it already partly funds, during a visit to a Farc rebel camp.

Putin calls off Paris visit over Syria war crimes row

The Russian president was due to visit the French capital on October 19th when he planned to open a Russian religious and cultural centre, but cancelled the trip amid a developing row with France which accuses Russia of war crimes in Syria. 

Boko Haram 'still a threat' warns Hollande on Nigeria visit

The French president held talks on the Islamist terrorist group with his Nigerian counterpart ahead of a meeting of regional leaders to discuss the conflict.

François Hollande arrives in Lebanon at start of Middle East tour

Arriving in Beirut ahead of visits to Egypt and Jordan, the French president pledged increased financial and military aid for Lebanon, home to 1m Syrian refugees.