New French president promises tough talk at first Putin meeting

By Michel Rose and John Irish VERSAILLES, France, May 29 : New French President Emmanuel Macron is promising tough talk at his first meeting with Vladimir Putin today, following an election campaign in which his team accused Russian media of trying to interfere in the democratic process. Macron, who took office two weeks ago, has […]

France’s Macron seeks extended emergency powers after Manchester attack

By Brian Love and Adrian Croft PARIS, May 24 : The French parliament will be asked to extend by several months emergency powers introduced in 2015 to counter the threat of terrorist attacks, President Emmanuel Macron said today after talks with security chiefs. Emergency rules giving French police wider search and arrest powers were introduced […]

France’s Macron acts on pledge to clean up politics

By Emmanuel Jarry PARIS, May 22 : President Emmanuel Macron’s new government moved quickly today to act on a campaign promise to tighten up on ethical standards in French politics after an election race marred by a embezzlement scandal. Justice Minister Francois Bayrou held talks with leading anti-corruption organisations Transparency International and Anticor and with […]

Macron meeting union leaders, puts his labour reform plans to the test

By Michel Rose PARIS, May 22 : French President Emmanuel Macron’s commitment to reform will face a first crucial test tomorrow, when he meets unions and employers to talk over labour reforms he has pledged to push through quickly despite deep opposition on the Left. Against a background of high unemployment of 9.6 per cent, […]

Macron vows to step up French fight against Islamists in Africa

By Marine Pennetier GAO, Mali, May 19 : France will step up the fight against resurgent Islamist militants in north and west Africa and will work more closely with Germany to help the tinderbox region, President Emmanuel Macron said on his first trip outside Europe today. Visiting Mali days after taking office, Macron vowed to […]

Macron heads to Mali to reaffirm French commitment to battle jihadists

By Marine Pennetier GAO, Mali, May 19 : President Emmanuel Macron undertakes his first trip as commander-in-chief today when he meets troops fighting Islamist militants in Mali where the security situation has worsened despite French intervention more than four years ago. The Sahel, a politically fragile area whose remote desert spaces spanning from Mauritania in […]