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New look, old ways? Benin's leader and the authoritarian past

Cotonou - President Patrice Talon of Benin, a multi-millionaire businessman who dresses in sunglasses and sharp suits, presents himself as part of a new generation of modern, finance-focused and ambitious African leaders.

Macron signs into law controversial French 'anti-rioters' bill

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron has signed into law legislation giving security forces greater powers at demonstrations that opponents claim violates civil liberties, the official journal said Thursday.

French Senate urges probe of Macron aides over bodyguard scandal

Paris - The French Senate on Thursday called on prosecutors to investigate three top aides to Emmanuel Macron, who are suspected of trying to cover up a scandal involving the president's former bodyguard.

France vows crackdown against surge in anti-Semitism

Paris - Faced with a worrying surge in attacks on Jews, France plans to introduce tough new legislation governing social media platforms to combat online hate speech and officially recognise anti-Zionism as a form of anti-Semitism.

Ex-Macron bodyguard in custody over use of diplomatic passports

Paris - A 27-year-old former bodyguard to French President Emmanuel Macron was taken into police custody Thursday over his continued use of diplomatic passports after he was fired for roughing up protesters, prosecutors said.

Ex-Macron bodyguard in custody over use of diplomatic passports

Paris - A former bodyguard for French President Emmanuel Macron was taken into police custody Thursday over his continued use of diplomatic passports after he was fired for roughing up protesters, prosecutors said.

France's Le Monde apologises for 'Hitlerian' Macron cover

Paris - French newspaper Le Monde on Monday apologised for a controversial cover on its weekly magazine, which features President Emmanuel Macron in a red-and-black photomontage seen by some readers as reminiscent of Nazi propaganda.

Macron ex-bodyguard admits using diplomatic passports after dismissal

Paris - The disgraced former bodyguard of French President Emmanuel Macron admitted Sunday he had used his diplomatic passports "for personal convenience" after being fired in August, a day after investigators opened a probe into his failure to return the docu...

Macron takes champagne and foie gras to French soldiers in Chad

Ndjame - French President Emmanuel Macron paid a pre-Christmas visit to French soldiers in Chad on Saturday, bringing enough champagne, foie gras and chocolate for 1,300 troops along with him.

Macron shows humbler side as rural protests loom in France

Paris - President Emmanuel Macron has promised to attune himself more to grassroots France as he tries to dispel a reputation for arrogance and rekindle his flagging popularity.

World leaders to mark WWI in France amid warnings about nationalism

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday kicks off a week of commemorations for the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, which is set to mix remembrance of the past and warnings about the present surge in nationalism around the globe.

French senators grill assault-accused Macron aide

Paris - French senators on Wednesday grilled President Emmanuel Macron's disgraced former security aide Alexandre Benalla over an assault scandal that tarnished Emmanuel Macron's reputation.

Macron draws fire with career advice to young job-seeker

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron was facing fresh criticism Sunday after telling an aspiring gardener that he could easily find a job if he would simply start looking in high-demand sectors like restaurants or construction.

French interior minister defends handling of Macron aide scandal

Paris - France's interior minister on Monday defended his handling of a video showing a top security aide to President Emmanuel Macron hitting a May Day protester, a scandal that has rocked the government and prompted accusations of a cover-up.

Vatican visit puts Macron's religious views in spotlight

Paris - As a schoolboy, Emmanuel Macron decided he wanted to be baptised as a Catholic, despite his parents' misgivings.It was "the start of a mystical period that lasted for a few years," the French president told an interviewer during campaigning in 2017.

Ahead of independence vote, Macron visits key French Pacific foothold

Blanchot - President Emmanuel Macron made his first visit to the French archipelago of New Caledonia Thursday, where tensions are running high ahead of an independence vote long sought by ethnic separatist groups.

Macron clarifies Syria comments, says US and France united

Paris - President Emmanuel Macron sought to clarify his comments on French and US miliary operations in Syria on Monday, saying both countries were committed to finishing the battle against the Islamic State group and helping the peace process there.

Macron lays out court revamp to tackle prison overcrowding

Agen - French President Emmanuel Macron unveiled Tuesday a series of court overhauls aimed at finding alternatives to jail, a bid to tackle chronic overcrowding at the country's prisons.

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