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Macron basks in World Cup glow, hoping to capture feel-good factor

Paris - For a president who has travelled the globe for a year telling audiences that "France is back" under his leadership, the country's World Cup victory couldn't come at a better time for Emmanuel Macron as he confronts growing challenges on multiple front...

Macron cheers from the stands — then 'dabs' in the changing room

Moscow - President Emmanuel Macron was pictured cheering from the stadium, got drenched in the rain on the pitch, then attempted to "dab" with the players in the changing room Sunday after France's victory in the World Cup.

France's Macron says NATO allies stuck to spending commitments

Apo - French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday that NATO's spending commitments remained the same despite US counterpart Donald Trump saying he had forced allies to increase them at a tense summit.

France's Macron draws fire over pricey tableware order

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron has been roasted on social media for ordering a custom set of porcelain tableware reportedly worth half a million euros, days after complaining about the "crazy amounts of dough" spent on social security.

Macron 'never meant to offend' Italy with migrant comments

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron did not mean to offend Italy with comments about the migrant crisis that have sparked a bitter diplomatic row, his office said Thursday.

Anti-corruption group seeks probe of Macron's campaign accounts

Paris - An anti-corruption association said Friday it will file a complaint with the Paris prosecutor's office to open an inquiry into the campaign accounts of President Emmanuel Macron.

G7 leaders must not be afraid to reach agreements without US: Macron

Ottawa - The other leaders of G7 nations must not be afraid to reach agreements without US President Donald Trump at their upcoming summit, French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday, as a trade war between Washington and its allies looms.

Pressure mounts on Macron as campaign spending draws scrutiny

Paris - French opposition parties called Thursday for a review of Emmanuel Macron's campaign spending after reports showed he obtained huge discounts from venues and service providers during last year's presidential race.

Macron to Merkel: 'Don't wait, act now' for Europe

Aachen - France's President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday pressed German Chancellor Angela Merkel to move decisively and quickly on reforming the European Union, warning that the bloc stands at a critical juncture as a United States led by Donald Trump turns inwa...

French minister to face questioning over Vegas event with Macron

Paris - French Labour Minister Muriel Penicaud will be questioned by a judge this month over suspected favouritism involving a 2016 event in Las Vegas featuring Emmanuel Macron, the current French president who was economy minister at the time, her office sai...

Five reasons French rail battle is swinging in Macron's favour

Paris - A month ago, President Emmanuel Macron was facing his biggest showdown with France's trade unions. It was to be his "Thatcher moment," some observers predicted, recalling a make-or-break time for Britain's prime minister in the 1980s.

In pictures: A year of Macron

Paris - A year ago, on May 7, Emmanuel Macron won the French presidential election, defeating far-right leader Marine Le Pen by 66.1 percent versus 33.9 percent in the second and final round of voting.

Pro-France rally as Macron visits New Caledonia ahead of independence vote

Blanchot - Thousands of pro-France campaigners on Friday filled the streets of New Caledonia's capital as President Emmanuel Macron visited the remote French archipelago six months ahead of a key independence referendum.

One year on, Macron is unloved but unrivalled

Paris - A year after his lightning march to power, French President Emmanuel Macron's reformist zeal has endeared him to part of the electorate but polls show him as still unloved by most of the country.

Macron struts global stage, but is he influential?

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron has made clear his ambitions to be remembered as a global statesman who shaped world events. But after a busy first year in office, how much influence does he actually wield?

French suburbs battle plan promises 'blast' effect

Paris - The man tasked by French President Emmanuel Macron with coming up with a battle plan for the country's most deprived areas called Thursday for a "radical change" in approach in high-immigration suburbs.

Macron: Meeting Dalai Lama would spark 'crisis' with China

Washington - French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday rejected the prospect of meeting with the Dalai Lama, saying doing so without consulting Beijing first would trigger a "crisis" with China's government.

France's Macron urges US to help 'reinvent multilateralism'

Washington - French President Emmanuel Macron received a warm, three-minute standing ovation from US lawmakers Wednesday before delivering -- in English -- a rare address to Congress, urging America to help "reinvent multilateralism.

Macron warns against being 'weak' with Putin

Washington - French President Emmanuel Macron warned against showing any weakness towards Vladimir Putin -- while insisting he wants to work with the Russian strongman -- in remarks broadcast Sunday on the eve of his state visit to Washington.

60 percent 'unhappy' with Macron as French protests grow

Paris - Sixty percent of French voters are unhappy with President Emmanuel Macron, a survey said Wednesday, with strikes and protests growing as the ambitious young reformer prepares to mark a year in office.

France's Macron won't 'break' Turkey-Russia alliance: Ankara

Ankara - Turkey on Monday said French President Emmanuel Macron will be unable to "break" its partnership with Russia, after he argued the weekend's air strikes against the Syrian regime had driven a wedge between Ankara and Moscow.

Macron says has 'proof' of Syrian chemical attack, vows response

France - French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday that he had "proof" that the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had used chemical weapons and would announce his response "in due course".

Macron sparks uproar with plea to restore 'bond' with Catholics

Paris - President Emmanuel Macron drew a flurry of criticism from leftwing politicians Tuesday after he called for stronger ties with the Catholic Church, with many saying he was flouting France's strict law on secularism.

Macron sparks uproar with church-state remarks

Paris - Remarks by French President Emmanuel Macron that he wanted to repair church-state ties caused uproar Tuesday, sparking charges he was tampering with France's longstanding secular tradition.

Europe steps up pressure on Russia over spy attack

Apo - European countries are set to take further steps as early as Monday to punish Russia over the poisoning of a former spy in England, officials said, as diplomatic pressure builds on Moscow over the nerve agent attack.

Macron says UK spy poisoning 'an attack on EU sovereignty'

Apo - The poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain was an "attack on European sovereignty", French President Emmanuel Macron said Friday after EU leaders backed London's assessment that Moscow was to blame.

Air France strike as unions turn up heat on Macron

Paris - Air France crew went on strike Friday, forcing the cancellation of about a quarter of the airline's flights as unions discussed further protests against reformist President Emmanuel Macron.

Macron faces grilling from farmers at agricultural fair

Paris - President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday faced heckles and whistles from French farmers angry with reforms to their sector, as he arrived for France's annual agricultural fair.

Macron's campaign guru eyes Brazilian election

Rio De Janeiro - The campaign gurus behind Emmanuel Macron's rise from the margins to French president have arrived in Brazil to see if they can pick -- and help make -- another winner.Brazil holds presidential elections in October.

Rihanna vows to 'never stop' fight to put children back in school

Dakar - Megastar Rihanna vowed she would "never stop fighting" to get millions of children back in school on Friday as French President Emmanuel Macron promised a major boost in foreign aid for education in developing nations.
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"Merk-ron": the power couple of Europe?
"Merk-ron": the power couple of Europe?
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