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Emmanuel Macron

Emmanuel Macron, France's recently elected President, is the founder and leader of the independent party called En Marche! (Onwards). He won 66.1 per cent votes against his far-right political opponent, the National Front leader, Marine Le Pen. En Marche, a party still in its infancy (a year old), was formed in April 2016. This is the first time Macron, a centrist maverick, has won an elected office. Macron, who was once an investment banker, began his political career at outgoing President Francois Hollande's Socialist Party (PS). In 2012, he became the deputy secretary-general under Hollande's government, and was later appointed as the Minister of Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs in 2014.


Only govt 'unconcerned' about snooping allegations is that of India: Chidambaram

July 26, 2021 1:22 pm

P Chidambaram asked the government to either call for a joint parliamentary committee probe into the Pegasus snooping allegations or request the Supreme Court to appoint a sitting judge to investigate the matter.

French parliament OKs restaurant COVID pass, vaccine rules

July 26, 2021 10:28 am

More than 111,000 people with the virus have died in France, which is registering about 20,000 new infections daily.

Pegasus case: France's Emmanuel Macron among heads of state on snoop list

July 20, 2021 10:56 pm

According to The Washington Post, two other sitting presidents — Iraq’s Barham Salih and South Africa’s Cyril Ramaphosa — were also targeted.

Explained: Why protests have erupted in France against govt's Covid-19 measures

July 20, 2021 10:19 am

France protests: Protesters clashed with police, with vandals attacking a vaccination centre in southeastern France on Friday night. Several elected officials also received threats.

In France’s military, Muslims find a tolerance that is elusive elsewhere

June 27, 2021 11:14 am

A law aimed at the Muslim veil in 2004 banned the wearing of religious symbols in public schools, and prompted years of anguished debates over France’s treatment of its Muslim population, Europe’s largest.

France, Germany drop plans for Russia summit after European Union outcry

June 25, 2021 10:14 am

After US President Joe Biden met Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva on June 16, French President Emmanuel Macron said the first EU summit with Putin since January 2014 would be "a dialogue to defend our interests".

Explained: Why do France's regional elections matter?

June 22, 2021 9:56 am

The regional results do not give a representative snapshot of who will win the presidential vote. However, if the far-right were to secure its first ever regional powerbase it would send tremors across the political landscape.

Emmanuel Macron says we love sausage but let's not waste time on this

June 13, 2021 10:20 pm

Tensions between Britain and the European Union over their Brexit deal exploded into an open war of words on Sunday, with both sides accusing the other of sowing disharmony at the Group of Seven summit.

As summit ends, G7 urged to deliver on vaccines, climate

June 13, 2021 2:00 pm

At the G-7, Johnson described Biden as a “breath of fresh air.” French President Emmanuel Macron, after speaking one-to-one with Biden, said, “It’s great to have a U.S. president part of the club and very willing to cooperate.”

From 'Biden’s Big-Un' to 'Merkel’s Minted Lamb', these G7-themed pasties are on sale in the UK

June 13, 2021 1:16 pm

While it is unclear as to where exactly these pasties are being sold, social media users have suggested more names, like "Justin True-Dough" for the Canadian prime minister


The varied faces of France's yellow vest movement

February 09, 2019 10:10 am

These are the faces of France's yellow vest movement, an array of people with grievances so varied that sometimes it's hard to see what they have in common other than the fluorescent vests glowing from their chests.

France braces for trouble, Macron to address 'yellow vest' anger

December 08, 2018 11:04 am

Named after the fluorescent safety vests that all French motorists must carry, the protesters are billing their planned action on Saturday as “Act IV” of worst unrest seen in the capital since the 1968 student riots.

Macron in India: 'Will work together to fight terrorism,' says French President

March 10, 2018 8:55 pm

French President Emmanuel Macron receives ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Saturday. The French premier is on a week-long visit to the country.