Emmanuel Macron

    • France to host international conference on Libya ahead of elections

      France to host international conference on Libya ahead of elections

      French President Emmanuel Macron will host an international conference on Libya on 12 November, a month ahead of elections that aim to put an end to a decade of civil war but that look increasingly uncertain, AFP reported. "In view of the December elections, France will organize, around the President of the Republic, an international conference on Libya on November 12," French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian announced during a press conference on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

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    • Macron to welcome Merkel at Elysee Palace

      Macron to welcome Merkel at Elysee Palace

      French President Emmanuel Macron is to receive German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday evening for a working meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, news wires reported. According to Elysee sources, the meeting will focus on the situation in Afghanistan and the Sahel. They will also talk about the upcoming French presidency of the EU Council which starts in January.

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    • French troops kill Islamic State's leader in Sahel, Macron says

      French troops kill Islamic State's leader in Sahel, Macron says

      The head of Islamic State in the Greater Sahara, who was wanted for deadly attacks on US soldiers and foreign aid workers, has been killed in an operation by French troops, AFP reported. Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi was “neutralised by French forces”, President Emmanuel Macron tweeted early Thursday. “This is another major success in our fight against terrorist groups in the Sahel,” Macron said, without giving the location or details of the operation.

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    • Paris Socialist mayor Hidalgo to run for French president in 2022

      Paris Socialist mayor Hidalgo to run for French president in 2022

      The Socialist mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, on Sunday announced plans to run for president in next year's election, joining a growing list of challengers to centrist incumbent Emmanuel Macron, AFP reported. Speaking in the northwestern city of Rouen, Hidalgo, who has been mayor of Paris since 2014 said: "I have decided to be a candidate for the presidency of the French Republic."

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    • Eyeing reelection, Macron pledges millions to tackle crime, social problems in Marseille

      Eyeing reelection, Macron pledges millions to tackle crime, social problems in Marseille

      French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday is to pledge millions to tackle crime and social problems in Marseille, beset by deadly gang wars, dpa reported. During a three-day visit to France's second-largest city, started on Wednesday, Macron is going to present the Marseille Plan, with hundreds of millions of euros to be invested in schools, urban development and security.

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    • France implements disputed health pass with slight modifications

      France implements disputed health pass with slight modifications

      People in France will from Monday need to show a health pass to enjoy usually routine activities such as sipping a coffee in a cafe or travelling on an intercity train, news wires reported. The plan was championed by President Emmanuel Macron to squeeze Covid-19 infections and encourage vaccination. The government is pressing ahead with the extension of an already-existing health pass to cafes, restaurants and intercity travel, despite four weekends of angry protests that saw almost a quarter of a million rally nationwide on Saturday.

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    • Paris Mayor Hidalgo receives Olympic flag for 2024 Games

      Paris Mayor Hidalgo receives Olympic flag for 2024 Games

      The Olympic flag was passed to Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo for the 2024 Games at the Tokyo closing ceremony on Sunday as thousands gathered near the Eiffel Tower to celebrate the handover, news wires reported. Hidalgo waved the flag, decorated with the five Olympic rings, after she received it from International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach in Tokyo. Paris will organise the Games 100 years after last hosting the Olympics in 1924.

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    • France owes a debt to French Polynesia over nuclear tests, Marcon says without apologising

      France owes a debt to French Polynesia over nuclear tests, Marcon says without apologising

      French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday that Paris owed “a debt” to French Polynesia over nuclear tests conducted in the South Pacific territory between 1966 and 1996, but stopped short of apologising, news wires reported. “This debt is from having conducted these tests, in particular those between 1966 and 1974,” Macron said in a speech to Polynesian officials during his first official trip to the territory, adding that there should be better compensation for victims of the tests.

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    • Israel, France to discuss Pegasus scandal

      Israel, France to discuss Pegasus scandal

      Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz will meet his French counterpart in Paris this week for talks that will include an "update" on the Pegasus spyware scandal, AFP reported on Tuesday, citing his office. A ministry statement said Gantz will leave Wednesday for talks with French Defence Minister Florence Parly on topics including the crisis in Lebanon, nuclear negotiations with Iran and the Pegasus malware made by Israeli firm NSO, which was allegedly used to target President Emmanuel Macron.

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