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Macron targets easing of France virus lockdown from May 11

Paris - France's lockdown to contain the coronavirus outbreak will be extended until May 11, President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday, but added that the restrictions could start to be eased from then if current positive trends continued.

Macron set to warn France virus lockdown must go on

Paris - President Emmanuel Macron is on Monday expected to warn France its lockdown to combat the coronavirus must go on for several more weeks at least, while also outlining how the country will recover from the crisis.

Macron urges greater EU role in curbing nuclear threats

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron called Friday for European nations to play a more direct role in halting a new nuclear arms race, saying they "cannot remain spectators" against a threat to the continent's collective security.

Macron says 'Europeans cannot remain spectators' in new arms race

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron warned Friday that European nations "cannot remain spectators" in the face of a potential nuclear arms race and urged them to push an "international arms control agenda.

Judges rebuke Macron for criticism over case of murdered Jewish woman

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron drew a sharp rebuke from the country's top magistrates on Monday for criticising a court ruling on the 2017 murder of a Jewish woman in Paris.

Macron rushed from Paris theatre during protest

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife were rushed from a Paris theatre late Friday after protesters tried to burst in and disrupt the performance.

Russia not an enemy? Macron's Moscow strategy faces first test

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron this week faces the first major test of his policy of directly engaging with Russia that has disturbed some European allies, as he hosts a summit seeking progress in ending the Ukraine conflict.

French first lady forwarded Polanski rape accuser's letters to officials

Paris - French first lady Brigitte Macron forwarded two letters written to her by a former model who has accused Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski of raping her as a teenager to two members of the government, her office said Saturday.

Macron vows 'unrelenting fight' against Islamist terror after police killings

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron Tuesday vowed an "unrelenting fight" against Islamist extremists at a memorial ceremony for four Paris police staff stabbed to death last week by a colleague who had converted to a radical version of Islam.

Macron vows 'unrelenting fight' against Islamist terror

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron vowed an "unrelenting fight" against Islamist extremists on Tuesday as he paid tribute to the four Paris police staff stabbed to death last week by a radicalised colleague.

Macron says yellow vest crisis 'very good for me'

Paris - President Emmanuel Macron has said he believes the yellow vest protests that rocked France since last year have been good for him as they made him listen and communicate better, in an interview published on Thursday.

Macron signals tougher line on immigration

Paris - With an eye on re-election, France's Emmanuel Macron has signalled a tougher line on immigration, arguing that the government must end its "lax" approach to prevent voters from drifting to the far right.

Macron's art of the deal on display at G7

Paris - For some, the mere fact that Donald Trump stuck around marked out this week's G7 summit in Biarritz as a resounding success for his French host Emmanuel Macron.

Macron slams Bolsonaro after insults about wife

Biarritz - French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday condemned "extraordinarily rude" comments about his wife Brigitte by his Brazilian counterpart Jair Bolsonaro in an escalating spat between the two men.

Things just heated up at G7 meeting with arrival of Iran's Zarif

Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrived on Sunday in Biarritz, southwestern France, where leaders of the G7 group of nations are meeting, an Iranian official said.

Ghosn casts shadow as Macron lands in Japan for talks before G20

Apo - French President Emmanuel Macron arrived in Japan Wednesday for bilateral talks after a testing time for the longstanding alliance between Paris and Tokyo following the arrest of former auto tycoon Carlos Ghosn.

Macron urges Trump to 'clarify his position' on EU

Washington - French President Emmanuel Macron has urged Donald Trump to "clarify his position" regarding the European Union, repeatedly the target of the US president's barbs.

Trump says relations with Macron 'outstanding'

Caen - The smiles and warm handshakes were back between Donald Trump and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on Thursday as they met in northern France, a sharp turnaround from a bad-tempered meeting last November.

Trump says relations with Macron 'outstanding'

Caen - US President Donald Trump admitted that there had been past difficulties in his relationship with French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday, but said "right now it's outstanding".

Macron and Trump: 'frenemies' in open disagreement

Paris - The last time French President Emmanuel Macron hosted Donald Trump in France, it turned into a diplomatic fiasco which underlined how once warm relations between the men had chilled to the point of freezing.

Macron and Le Pen in battle for EU's soul

Paris - The fight between President Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen in Sunday's European election in France mirrors a larger battle across the continent between competing visions of bloc's future.

Le Pen seeks Macron's downfall in French European polls

Paris - From her French parliamentary office, where her e-cigarette and a book entitled "10+1 Questions on the European Union" sit atop folders on her desk, far-right leader Marine Le Pen is plotting revenge.

Macron admits to Franco-German splits on key issues

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday admitted differences with German counterpart Angela Merkel on Brexit, trade and energy policy, saying "fruitful confrontations" and compromises were part of ties between their countries.

End of the road for ENA, France's elite training school?

Paris - Both admired and loathed as the training ground for France's political leaders, the Ecole Nationale d'Administration will learn Thursday whether it is to be scrapped by President Emmanuel Macron for being a symbol of out-dated elitism.

The speech that never was: Macron's shelved address before Notre-Dame fire

Paris - Minutes before receiving the news that Notre-Dame cathedral was consumed by flames French President Emmanuel Macron had recorded a solemn message to the nation.

Macron vows to rebuild Notre-Dame within five years

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron vowed Tuesday to rebuild Notre-Dame cathedral "within five years", after a fire that toppled the steeple of the 850-year-old landmark and caused major damage to the roof.

Trump expresses Notre Dame 'condolences' to Macron: White House

Washington - President Donald Trump on Tuesday relayed Americans' "condolences" to French President Emmanuel Macron over the fire at Notre-Dame cathedral, the White House said.

'We will rebuild Notre-Dame together', says France's Macron

Paris - "We will rebuild Notre-Dame together", an emotional French President Emmanuel Macron vowed on Monday evening as he visited the famed Paris cathedral which was partly ravaged by fire.

France awaits results from Macron's 'Great National Debate'

Paris - Over three months, France's "Great National Debate" has led to 10,000 local meetings, around two million online contributions and 100 hours of presidential talking. On Monday, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe begins trying to make sense of it all.

Macron under fire for lecturing elderly woman hurt at protest

Nice - France's Emmanuel Macron drew fire Monday after criticising an elderly "yellow vest" protester who was badly injured during a demonstration in Nice at the weekend.
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"Merk-ron": the power couple of Europe?
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Nearly 190 fires were put out and six buildings were set alight
Nearly 190 fires were put out and six buildings were set alight
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In his caustic series of early-morning tweets Trump again lambasted European allies for not spending...
In his caustic series of early-morning tweets Trump again lambasted European allies for not spending enough on their militaries, while angrily ranting against the French leader's advocation for a European army
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