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Macron's Despised Retirement Plan Is a Go

Top court signed off on plan on Friday

(Newser) - There have been 12 days of protests organized over the past three months against French President Emmanuel Macron's decision to up the retirement age from 62 to 64, and a 13th—and more beyond that—are looking likely. France's top court on Friday approved the unpopular plan and...

Macron Continues Push for 'European Sovereignty'

But he's facing a lot of criticism on both sides of the Atlantic

(Newser) - After French President Emmanuel Macron warned that Europe shouldn't let the US drag it into conflict with China over Taiwan, Sen. Marco Rubio wondered whether Macron was speaking only for France or for all of Europe. Based on the reaction being rounded up in various outlets—at least from...

Macron's Warning to Europe: Don't Be 'America's Followers'

French president is worried about tension over Taiwan; Graham open to using US forces

(Newser) - Tensions between the US and China over Taiwan continue to ratchet up. The latest example came over the weekend when GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham said he is "very much open to using US forces to defend Taiwan, because it is in our national security interest to do so,"...

Macron Urges Xi to Talk Sense Into Russia

Russia expresses no hope for peace negotiations

(Newser) - On a state visit to Beijing, French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday pressured Chinese President Xi Jinping to help persuade Russia to end its invasion of Ukraine. "I know I can count on you to bring Russia to its senses, and bring everyone back to the negotiating table,"...

Macron Narrowly Survives No-Confidence Vote

Deeply unpopular change to retirement age will now become law

(Newser) - The government of French President Emanuel Macron survived two no-confidence votes Monday, either of which could have brought down the government and its deeply unpopular plan to raise the retirement age from 62 to 64. The first vote, tabled by centrist lawmakers in the National Assembly, narrowly failed with 278...

Macron's Plan to Change Retirement Age Hits a Nerve
A Look at Why
France Is Seething

A Look at Why France Is Seething

Pride in pension system, Macron's broken promise inspire street protests

(Newser) - The pension changes being forced into law in France are doing more than raise the retirement age—they're testing the people's faith in government in more than one way. The pension system, including its current retirement age of 62, is a point of pride there. Every worker receives...

Macron Bypasses Parliament, Raises Retirement Age

It's now up from from 62 to 64, in risky move on unpopular plan in France

(Newser) - French President Emmanuel Macron shunned Parliament and opted to push through a highly unpopular bill that would raise the retirement age from 62 to 64 by triggering a special constitutional power on Thursday. The risky move is expected to trigger a quick no-confidence motion in Macron's government. The decision...

Macron Defends Pension Plan to Farmers, Fairgoers

Raising the retirement age will save the system, president insists

(Newser) - President Emmanuel Macron sought to defend his unpopular pension plan Saturday in an effort to show he hears concerns of farmers and other ordinary citizens at France's biggest farm fair. The pension changes meant to raise the minimum retirement age from 62 to 64, and other measures, were among...

This Nation to Make Condoms Free for Anyone 25 and Under

They'll be available to young people, even minors, in pharmacies across France starting Jan. 1

(Newser) - Young people of France, rejoice—you're about to start the new year with free condoms. President Emmanuel Macron has announced that, starting Jan. 1, anyone up to and including 25 years of age will be able to find the rubber contraceptive device at no charge in pharmacies across the...

Celebs Descend on White House for Biden's First State Dinner

President hosted French leader at glitzy event

(Newser) - Glamour returned to the White House Thursday night as President Biden hosted his first state dinner. It was the first one the building has seen since September 2019, when then-President Trump hosted Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. As with the first state dinner of Trump's presidency, the guest of...

Biden Sets Terms for Talks With Putin About Ukraine

Macron says he expects another conversation with Russian leader soon

(Newser) - President Biden said Thursday he's willing to talk with Russian President Vladimir Putin about stopping the fighting in Ukraine—under certain conditions he said Putin has not yet met. The president made the comments at the White House while hosting French President Emmanuel Macron. The war in Ukraine has...

Russian Pranksters Trick Polish Leader. Again

This time, callers pose as French leader Macron

(Newser) - Russian comedians pretending to be the French president tricked the Polish president, Andrzej Duda, into giving them sensitive information after a missile exploded in eastern Poland last week. Duda's office confirmed on Tuesday that he was put through last week to a person claiming to be France's president,...

Macron Rivals, Nobel Laureate March Against Inflation

Demonstrators increase pressure on government

(Newser) - Thousands of protesters, including France's newly crowned Nobel literature laureate, piled into the streets of Paris on Sunday, in a show of anger against the bite of rising prices and pressure on the government of President Emmanuel Macron. The march for wage increases and other demands was organized by...

Ukrainian Nuclear Plant Shuts Down Last Reactor

Reconnected power lines will be used for cooling No. 6, operator says

(Newser) - The operator of Ukraine's Zaporizhzhia power plant, now held by Russian forces, announced Sunday they're shutting down its last operating reactor. Energoatom said electrical power is again flowing to the plant, which will be used to cool Reactor No. 6, NPR reports. For several days, the reactor has...

Report: Trump Claimed to Have Inside Info on Macron's Sex Life

There may be a connection to document seized from Mar-a-Lago

(Newser) - Rolling Stone describes Donald Trump as a "notorious gossip peddler"—and it reports that after the FBI search on his Mar-a-Lago estate, some are wondering whether he shared salacious material from intelligence briefings. Sources tell Rolling Stone that during and after his time as president, Trump boasted...

Macron Addresses French Role in Sending Children to Deaths

President denounces Nazi collaborators and promises to end Holocaust denial

(Newser) - French President Emmanuel Macron decried his Nazi-collaborator predecessors and rising antisemitism, vigorously vowing to stamp out Holocaust denial as he paid homage Sunday to thousands of French children sent to death camps 80 years ago for one reason alone: They were Jewish. Family by family, house by house, French police...

Divided Lawmakers Back Step Toward Joining EU

US endorses plan for North Macedonia to first meet demands by Bulgaria

(Newser) - After a three-day debate that included protests inside and outside parliament, North Macedonia lawmakers endorsed a plan on Saturday that could put it on a path toward joining the European Union. The compromise brokered by France first would settle a dispute with Bulgaria, which has blocked membership for North Macedonia,...

After Defeat, Macron Faces Pressure to Build a Bloc

Parties at the extremes call for prime minister to resign

(Newser) - Update: France's opposition parties called on President Emmanuel Macron to assemble a coalition to fill the void after parliamentary elections left him without a majority on Sunday. Macron is unlikely to be able to pass his agenda, Reuters reports, unless he finds support elsewhere. The far right and far...

Russia: First Attack on Kyiv in Weeks Ruined Donated Tanks

Things had been quiet in the capital for 5 weeks

(Newser) - Things had largely been quiet in Kyiv in the past five weeks as Russia focused its attacks on Eastern Ukraine's Donbas region. That changed early Sunday. The BBC reports the normalcy that had seemingly begun to return to the capital was shattered by a number of explosions, with Russia...

Ukraine Argues With Macron on Humiliating Russia

French president had urged leaving a path for diplomacy, which didn't impress Ukrainian official

(Newser) - Ukraine's government made clear Saturday that it doesn't share French President Emmanuel Macron's concern about embarrassing Russia. "We must not humiliate Russia so that the day when the fighting stops we can build an exit ramp through diplomatic means," Macron had said in an interview...

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