Tag: Macron, Emmanuel (1977- )

As French Election Looms, Candidates Stake Out Tough Positions on Migrants

PARIS — An out-of-control influx of immigrants. A threat to French identity and stability. A reason to urgently close France’s frontiers. The issue of immigration is dominating political debate in the country five months before presidential elections, as candidates on the right as well as the left harden their positions. The drowning last week of […]

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Josephine Baker Interred in French Panthéon

PARIS — Josephine Baker, born in Missouri and beloved of France, whose life spanned French music-hall stardom and American civil rights activism, became the first Black woman to be laid to rest in the Panthéon, the nation’s hallowed tomb of heroes. On a gray afternoon, 46 years after her death in Paris, soldiers from the […]

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Europe Looks to Nuclear Power to Meet Climate Goals

Croatia is opposing a nuclear reactor project in Slovenia that would deposit some nuclear waste near their border. Germany is objecting to a planned Polish reactor that the German Green party said would most likely contaminate Germany in the event of an accident. The ability of small nuclear reactors to produce energy quickly or cheaply […]

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France-U.K. Acrimony Over Channel Crossings Deepens

PARIS — French officials lashed out at Britain on Friday over a letter from Prime Minister Boris Johnson advising France to take back migrants who reach British shores, escalating a diplomatic spat just days after 27 people died trying to cross the English Channel. The French denounced Mr. Johnson’s statement in blunt terms, calling it […]

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Vaccinated vs. Unvaccinated: Europe’s Covid Culture War

ANNABERG-BUCHHOLZ, Germany — Sven Müller is proudly unvaccinated. He thinks Covid vaccines are neither effective nor safe but a way to make money for pharmaceutical companies and corrupt politicians who are taking away his freedom. Under state rules to stem coronavirus infections, he is no longer allowed to go to restaurants, to the bowling alley, […]

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Harris Meets Macron, Signaling a ‘New Era’ After Sub Snub, Both Say

In 2018, Mr. Trump skipped a visit to a veterans cemetery further outside of Paris. In 2020, Mr. Trump denied a report in The Atlantic that he had mocked that cemetery as “filled with losers.” On Thursday, Ms. Harris will attend an Armistice Day ceremony with Mr. Macron and deliver remarks at the Paris Peace […]

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Ex-Macron Aide Convicted of Assault and Posing as a Police Officer

PARIS — A former security aide to President Emmanuel Macron of France was found guilty on Friday of assaulting protesters and posing as a police officer at a labor demonstration in 2018, in a case that caused the administration’s first major scandal and led to intense criticism of Mr. Macron’s governing style. The former aide, […]

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Bitterness Over Brexit Lies Behind Fraying France-U.K. Relations

LONDON — On its face, the nasty squabble that broke out last week between Britain and France was over the fishing rights of a few dozen French trawlers plying British waters off the island of Jersey. As with many rivalrous neighbors, however, the root causes of the feud run far deeper. Britain and France have […]

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‘America Is Back,’ Biden Declared in June. The World Is About to Test Him.

WASHINGTON — When President Biden gathered with world leaders at an English seaside resort in June, it was a backslapping celebration of America’s return to diplomatic stability after four years of public dressing-downs and impulsive policy withdrawals under President Donald J. Trump. “America is back at the table,” Mr. Biden declared at that meeting, the […]

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Looted Treasures Begin a Long Journey Home From France

PARIS — More than a century after French colonial troops ransacked a West African royal palace and took its treasures, President Emmanuel Macron of France on Wednesday began the formal transfer of 26 of those artifacts to Benin in the first large-scale act of restitution to Africa by a former European colonial power. Mr. Macron […]

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France and the United States Seek an Elusive Reconciliation

The French president is convinced that America’s overwhelming focus on China — as well as what he sees as American unreliability during the Trump administration and in the recent “sub snub” — obliges Europe to forge an independent path. At the core of his vision lies what he calls “European strategic autonomy.” This, he argues, […]

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After Merkel, Europe Will Be Led By No One

But the attempt failed. After China retaliated against the European Union’s sanctions on four Chinese officials because of human rights violations in Xinjiang, the agreement went unratified. In any case, the bloc is far from unified on what economic and technological engagement with China should look like. For Germany, economically dependent on China and pivotal […]

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Macron Commemorates 1961 Paris Police Killing of Algerian Protesters

But in a statement released shortly after the ceremony, Mr. Macron’s office fell short of doing so, instead holding only the Paris police responsible and refraining from calling the killings a massacre. “The crimes committed that night under the authority of Maurice Papon are inexcusable for the Republic,” the statement read, referring to the Paris […]

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Italy Puts in Force Tough New Law Requiring Workers to Test or Vaccinate

ROME — Italy on Friday set a new bar for major Western democracies seeking to move beyond the pandemic by enacting a sweeping law that requires the nation’s entire work force — public and private — to have government-issued health passes, essentially forcing Italians to choose between getting a pass and earning a living. With […]

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Italy Enacts Law Requiring Workers to Test or Vaccinate

ROME — Italy on Friday set a new bar for major Western democracies seeking to move beyond the pandemic by enacting a sweeping law that requires the nation’s entire work force — public and private — to have government-issued health passes, essentially forcing Italians to choose between getting a pass and earning a living. With […]

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How Éric Zemmour Is Turning French Politics Upside Down

PARIS — He is the anti-immigration son of parents from Algeria. He styles himself as the great defender of France’s Christian civilization, though he himself is Jewish. He channels Donald J. Trump in an anti-establishment campaign. And he is now scrambling the battle lines before France’s presidential election in April. The meteoric rise of Éric […]

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Clear Differences Remain Between France and U.S., French Minister Says

PARIS — As global finance leaders gather this week in Washington for the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund, Bruno Le Maire, the finance minister of France, made clear that effective French-American cooperation on an overhaul of the international tax system could not mask stark differences on China and other issues. “The United States […]

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Clear Differences Remain Between France and U.S., French Minister Says

PARIS — As global finance leaders gather this week in Washington for the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund, Bruno Le Maire, the finance minister of France, made clear that effective French-American cooperation on an overhaul of the international tax system could not mask stark differences on China and other issues. “The United States […]

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Blinken, in Paris, Tries to Restore Trust After Submarine Snub

PARIS — Step by step, Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken sought on Tuesday to build back trust between the United States and France following a secretive submarine deal that laid bare the Biden administration’s resolve to counter China — even at the cost of edging out one of America’s oldest allies. For more than […]

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Europe’s Social Democrats Show Signs of Life, but France Poses a Roadblock

PARIS — For France’s venerable Socialist Party, languishing at 4 percent support ahead of next year’s presidential elections, news of a surprise win last Sunday by its center-left counterpart in Germany offered a glimmer of hope. The slim victory by Olaf Scholz and Germany’s Social Democratic Party, along with the expected return to power of […]

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