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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

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.


Germany, France propose 500 billion Euro recovery fund for pandemic-hit EU

May 19, 2020 9:23 am

In a joint statement, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron said the fund would see European Union budget money used to help sectors and regions that are particularly affected by the outbreak.

'We are in prison': France opens nursing homes, exposes pain

April 23, 2020 1:57 pm

“Put bluntly, you have just two choices: either die from COVID or end up like vegetables.”

France’s Macron says he hopes to secure Putin backing for UN truce plea

April 15, 2020 10:35 am

The five veto-wielding powers - the United States, China, France, Russia and Britain - have been discussing a French text for a draft resolution.

PM Modi speaks to Emmanuel Macron; experts from India, France to share virus info

April 01, 2020 1:18 am

The leaders discussed the domestic and international aspects of the crisis, and underlined the importance of global collaboration and solidarity in the present situation, a statement by the Ministry of External Affairs said.

Macron is a technocratic fiscal conservative with a penchant for showmanship

February 28, 2020 10:21 pm

Decline in Emmanuel Macron’s popularity, his protracted battle over pensions in France, are a cautionary tale on perils of personality-driven politics.

Following Kashmir issue closely, says France after Macron-Modi phone call

January 13, 2020 4:18 pm

A statement issued by Elysée Palace said the two leaders discussed the situation in the region of Kashmir in the "spirit of trust and frankness" that characterises bilateral ties.

France's Macron vows to keep fighting extremism in West Africa

December 22, 2019 10:03 am

Earlier, Macron had announced that a French military operation killed 33 Islamic extremists in the Mopti region of central Mali on Saturday morning.

France’s protests leave Macron in pension reform gridlock

December 18, 2019 8:49 am

France’s third round of demonstrations and protest marches on Tuesday drew 615,000 people across the country, according to Interior Ministry figures, while the CGT union counted 1.8 million, Agence France-Presse reported.

Explained: Why the loudest message from NATO's Summit is that of disunity

December 05, 2019 7:29 am

There is much that these world leaders have on their plate, including issues related to China and Russia, and the future of arms control -- however, news on their two-day meeting has been mostly about the difference and disunity in the alliance

'Very, very nasty': Trump clashes with Macron before NATO summit

December 04, 2019 8:44 am

Trump said Macron's criticism of NATO was "very, very nasty" and questioned whether the U.S. military should defend any countries that were "delinquent" on alliance targets for national military spending.


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.