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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

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.


France to tighten legislation on incest, says Macron after book sparks outrage

January 24, 2021 9:57 am

Macron said France had already increased the statute of limitations on incest to 30 years, counted from the legal age of majority of the victim, and had tightened controls on people working with children, but he said much more needed to be done.

Mali: Targeted attack kills two French soldiers

January 03, 2021 11:59 am

French President Emmanuel Macron expressed grief over the deaths of Sergeant Yvonne Huynh and Brigadier Loic Risser in the Menaka region, his office said in a statement.

A lesson on tolerance, from John Le Carre for France

December 25, 2020 4:19 pm

With a new law to monitor Islamic separatism, France betrays an idea of citizenship and republican values that is deeply insular.

Coronavirus: What does Emmanuel Macron's infection mean for other EU leaders?

December 18, 2020 9:11 pm

President Macron could have, however, infected some of his fellow decision-makers. He had a one-on-one meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel during the summit.

PM Modi wishes French President speedy recovery after he tests Covid positive

December 17, 2020 8:21 pm

The president took a test as soon as the first symptoms appeared, AP reported. Macron will remain isolated for the next seven days. He will continue to work and take care of his activities at a distance, the statement added.

France's Macron wants to add climate goals in constitution

December 15, 2020 11:53 am

Acknowledging that France doesn't do enough to be in line with its climate-related commitments aimed at curbing global warming, Macron proposed a change in the constitution that requires a parliamentary vote, and then a referendum.

Laïcité vs Egalité

December 14, 2020 9:02 am

France's proposed law to deal with 'enemy within' could be counterproductive, undermine country's founding principles.

Explained: What is in France's draft law against 'Islamism'?

December 18, 2020 2:55 pm

French Prime Minister Jean Castex has said it is “not a text against religion, nor against the Muslim religion”, but against radical Islamism, whose objective, he said, is “to divide French people from one another.”

France's Macron defends arms sales to Egypt despite rights concerns

December 08, 2020 9:45 am

French President Emmanuel Macron says French arms sales to Egypt would go ahead despite its poor human rights record. At a meeting with that country's president, he said Egypt's fight against terrorism was paramount.

PM Modi speaks to Emmanuel Macron, reiterates support in terror fight

December 08, 2020 1:20 am

This was their first conversation since the terror attacks in France in October.


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.