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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.

Macron 'completely changed' France's image, says tech billionaire

Paris - President Emmanuel Macron has "completely changed" France's image, telecoms billionaire Xavier Niel said Wednesday, crediting the youthful, pro-business politician with attracting an influx of tech talent.

France a rights beacon? Migrants relate harsher reality

Calais - "France, the country of human rights? Only if you're French!" snorts Jacob Garji, one of hundreds of migrants living rough in Calais who are hunted nightly by police.

France will not allow another 'Jungle' in Calais: Macron

Calais - President Emmanuel Macron vowed Tuesday that France would not allow another migrant camp like the infamous "Jungle" to spring up in the port of Calais.

Macron gets tough on migrants, vowing 'no more Jungles'

Calais - President Emmanuel Macron vowed Tuesday that France would no longer allow migrant camps like the notorious "Jungle" as he defended a tougher line on immigration that has attracted sharp criticism from some of his allies.

Macron urges European unity to face rising China

Bejing - French President Emmanuel Macron pleaded on Wednesday for European unity in the face of China's growing economic power as he wrapped up a visit to Beijing with several business deals.

France signs deals with China but warns against 'pillaging'

Bejing - Chinese President Xi Jinping and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron oversaw the signing Tuesday of business deals worth billions of dollars, seeking better trade ties even as France's finance minister boasted of rejecting those investments he liken...

Macron bets on horse diplomacy in China

Xian - In a response to panda power, French President Emmanuel Macron is betting on equine diplomacy during his first state visit to China -- presenting his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping with a horse as a gift.

Macron endorses China's Silk Road but warns against 'hegemony'

Bejing - French President Emmanuel Macron urged Europe Monday to take part in China's massive Silk Road infrastructure project but warned against "hegemony", saying both sides should share the benefits.

Macron begins China state visit at Silk Road gateway

Xian - French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday launched a state visit to China in Xian -- the starting point of the ancient Silk Road -- in a nod to his counterpart's scheme to revive the famous trading route.

Ankara-Paris partnership 'vital' for peace: Erdogan

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday said that a strong partnership between Ankara and Paris was vital for world peace as he headed on a key visit to France.

Macron under fire over plan to tighten joblessness monitoring

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron came under fire Wednesday over his policy on jobless benefits after a press leak pointed to plans to tighten monitoring of people on the dole.

Macron sees 'major' gains in jobs outlook in mid-2019

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron said Wednesday he expects his flagship labour reforms to produce major results in terms of creating new jobs by mid-2019.

Fab at 40? Macron on the rise as he celebrates birthday

Paris - A few months ago, French President Emmanuel Macron looked to have lost his Midas touch. But as he turns 40 this week, he has rising poll numbers and a growing international reputation to celebrate.

War against IS in Syria will be won by February: France's Macron

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday predicted the Islamic State group would be crushed in Syria by February, pushing for the Syrian government and opposition to come together for fresh peace talks early next year.

Macron criticised for celebrating 40th birthday in royal style

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday celebrated his birthday at the iconic chateau of King Francois I, a choice denounced by critics as an example of how he is "cut off from the people".

Macron calls for 'much stronger mobilisation' on climate

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday called for stronger action in the fight against climate change, as he hosted world leaders for talks two years to the day since the Paris agreement.
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