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New leader for Macron's party as honeymoon fades

Lyon - Emmanuel Macron's party named a new leader Saturday as the French president faces the first rebellious grumblings in the 19-month-old movement that swept him to power.

Macron welcomes Lebanon's Hariri to Elysee Palace: AFP

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron welcomed Saad Hariri for talks Saturday, an AFP reporter said, hours after the Lebanese premier arrived from Saudi Arabia in the midst of a political crisis.

Macron's party to name leader in testing times

Paris - Emmanuel Macron's political party is to name a new leader on Saturday as the French president faces the first rebellious grumblings in the movement he founded in April last year.

Macron's movement falters after election glory

Paris - Six months after riding his own political movement to power in a sensational upset for French politics, President Emmanuel Macron faces the first signs of rebellion in his party.

Six months on, Macron unpopular but in control

Paris - In his first six months in power, French President Emmanuel Macron has chalked up one reform after another in a whirlwind that has nevertheless seen his poll numbers plummet.

French MPs back Macron's tax reforms

Paris - French MPs on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved President Emmanuel Macron's plans to slash a key wealth tax, over which he has been accused of pandering to the rich.

Macron cements first stage of EU reform agenda

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron pushed through the first part of his ambitious reform agenda for the European Union late Monday, but the part-victory fractured the bloc and was dismissed as "cosmetic" by critics at home.

Oui oui: France's presidential pooch leaves palace puddle

Paris - President Emmanuel Macron's dog Nemo has been filmed casually peeing on an ornate fireplace at the Elysee Palace as the French leader met with members of his government.

EU swings behind Madrid in escalating Catalan crisis

Brussels - The EU closed ranks behind Spain in the Catalan crisis Thursday, saying there was "no space" for outside intervention by the bloc as France and Germany voiced strong support for Madrid.

Merkel, Macron back Spain in Catalan crisis

Brussels - German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron voiced strong support for Madrid in the Catalan independence crisis on Thursday, backing the Spanish government's response to the country's worst political crisis in decades.

Prosecutor drops case against Macron ally

Rennes - French prosecutors said Friday that they had dropped a case against one of Emmanuel Macron's closest political allies who stepped down from the president's first government in June under a cloud of suspicion.

Macron shows no regret over outburst against workers

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron showed no regret on Friday after being caught on camera disparaging a group of trade union protesters, instead urging the media to focus on the "real" issues faced by the country.

Macron comment fuels 'out of touch' image

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron came under fire Thursday after a remark directed against union activists fuelled accusations from opponents that he shows contempt for disgruntled workers.

Macron seeks workers' backing with hometown factory visit

Amiens - French President Emmanuel Macron returned Tuesday to a factory in his hometown that became a focus of anger about job losses, seeking to underline his concern for workers amid criticism about his tax cuts for the rich.

Macron says Iran nuclear deal no longer enough

New York - France's President Emmanuel Macron declared Wednesday that the Iran nuclear deal is no longer a sufficient safeguard against the growing power that Tehran wields in its region."We need the 2015 accord," he said of the agreement. "Is this accord enough?...

Macron outlines plan for Europe revival from Athens

Atenas - French President Emmanuel Macron sketched a plan to "rebuild" the European Union through wider democracy and public accountability at the start of a two-day visit to Greece on Thursday.

French President Macron's popularity slumps: poll

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron has suffered a fresh slump in popularity, with just a 30 percent approval rating among voters, according to a new poll published Monday.

France gets First Dog: Macron adopts labrador mix Nemo

Paris - In keeping with time-honoured French presidential tradition, Emmanuel Macron has given the country a First Dog.

As his ratings slide, Macron faces big foreign policy week

Paris - Facing sliding approval ratings at home, Emmanuel Macron will lay out his foreign policy vision this week after a dynamic start on the international stage that has yet to produce results.

Make-up bill causes blushes for France's Macron

Paris - He's only 39 and fresh-faced, but France's President Emmanuel Macron has run up a make-up bill of 26,000 euros in his first 100 days in office, offering fresh ammunition to his critics.

French 'falling out of love' with Macron after 100 days

Paris - Emmanuel Macron, the 39-year-old former investment banker who was catapulted to the French presidency in May, faces widespread disillusionment as he prepares to mark his first 100 days in office.

Macron mini tour to focus on temporary workers

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron will focus on the free movement of labour with a three-day mini tour of eastern EU states starting August 23, his office said Monday.

Petition against French First Lady garners 160,000 signatures

Paris - More than 160,000 people have signed an online petition against the wife of French President Emmanuel Macron being given a formal position as the country's First Lady.The petition on change.

Macron's popularity slumping, poll shows

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron's popularity has slumped less than three months since he took office, according to a YouGov poll published Thursday.

Macron and Trump mark France's Bastille Day

Paris - President Emmanuel Macron and Donald Trump marked France's national day together on Friday at a military parade which clearly delighted the US leader and showcased warming relations between the two men.

Pomp and mourning for France on Bastille Day

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron will attend a Bastille Day military parade on Friday alongside his American counterpart Donald Trump, before marking the first anniversary of a deadly terror attack in Nice.

Probe opened into Vegas event featuring France's Macron

Paris - French prosecutors on Friday opened a probe into possible favouritism over a glitzy event in Las Vegas last year at which French President Emmanuel Macron was the star speaker.

Macron says Europe has 'lost its way'

Versailles - French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday said the European Union has "lost its way", calling for a "new generation of leaders" to revive the bloc.

Macron says France ready for 'radically new path'

Versailles - French President Emmanuel Macron said Monday that the country was ready to embark on a "radically new path" after presidential and parliamentary elections swept him and his new centrist party into power.

Man charged over threat to kill France's Macron

Paris - A man has been charged with plotting to assassinate President Emmanuel Macron at France's Bastille Day military parade which the French leader is set to attend with US President Donald Trump, a judicial source said Monday.
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