Emmanuel Macron

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Summit Produces Cease-Fire

There's no breakthrough in Russia-Ukraine talks mediated by Macron and Merkel

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin and Volodymyr Zelensky agreed Monday to put a cease-fire in place in eastern Ukraine by the end of the month. The deal was reached in Paris, where the presidents of Russia and Ukraine met in talks led by French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. A... More »

Tens of Thousands Protest in France

Strike shuts down much of the country over plan to overhaul retirement system

(Newser) - Paris police fired tear gas at demonstrators Thursday as the Eiffel Tower shut down, France’s high-speed trains stood still and tens of thousands marched nationwide in a strike over the government’s plan to overhaul the retirement system. At least 87 protesters were arrested in the French capital by... More »

Trump Cancels NATO Presser in Wake of Mocking Video

Trump calls Trudeau 'two-faced'

(Newser) - The first day of the NATO summit was contentious . The second is no different, thanks to video Tuesday night that appears to show a group of world leaders mocking President Trump, though he was never mentioned by name. The candid moment at the summit reception at Buckingham Palace was caught... More »

Trump to Macron: 'Would You Like Some Nice ISIS Fighters?'

The two meet one-on-one after sparring earlier in the day

(Newser) - There was no love lost between President Trump and Emmanuel Macron at the start of Day 1 of the NATO 70th-anniversary summit in London, with the two publicly clashing over the alliance. Hours later came a pre-scheduled one-on-one that the Hill calls "tense" but the Washington Post sees as... More »

Trump Slams Macron's Comments as 'Very Nasty'

French leader criticized NATO, and US president called him 'very disrespectful' for it

(Newser) - President Trump has been one of NATO's biggest critics over the years, but on Tuesday he came to the alliance's defense when a fellow leader bashed it. Trump took exception to French leader Emmanuel Macron's assertion that NATO was experiencing "brain death," in part because... More »

Bolsonaro Waging War on ... Bic Pens

Amid feud with Macron, Brazil president says he'll stop using pen 'because it is French'

(Newser) - The US-China trade war might be grabbing most headlines, but things just got serious in the spat between Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and French counterpart Emmanuel Macron. "A pen (of the Brazilian brand) Compactor and no more Bic, will work," said Bolsonaro in announcing that he's going... More »

Now Bolsonaro Might Take That $22M, on One Condition

Brazilian president wants Emmanuel Macron to apologize

(Newser) - So maybe Brazil will take that $22 million after all. After a rep for President Jair Bolsonaro rejected the aid package offered by the G7 and mocked French President Emmanuel Macron while doing so early Tuesday, Bolsonaro hours later indicated he actually would accept it—on one condition. The Washington ... More »

Brazil Rejects G7 Money to Fight Amazon Fires, Trolls Macron

Government says Europe should use funds to 'reforest'

(Newser) - With thousands of wildfires burning in the Amazon rainforest, the Brazilian government has decided it is more interested in trolling Emmanuel Macron than in accepting assistance. After the G7 offered $22 million to help Brazil fight the fires, a spokesman for Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro rejected the offer and mocked... More »

Macron: Brazil President 'Incredibly' Rude to My Wife

French leader accuses Jair Bolsonaro of making 'disrespectful comment' about Brigitte

(Newser) - French President Emmanuel Macron and Brazilian leader Jair Bolsonaro have been publicly sniping over the wildfires in the Amazon. Now things have turned personal. On Monday, Macron accused Bolsonaro of insulting his wife, Brigitte. "For him to have made incredibly disrespectful comments about my spouse—what can I say... More »

Trump: I Have 'Second Thoughts About Everything'

But White House says he has no regrets about trade war

(Newser) - While America was sleeping, the Group of Seven summit in France was continuing down its head-spinning trajectory, with matters like an escalating trade war between planet Earth's two biggest economic powers, talks with rogue aspiring nuclear powers, and a no-deal Brexit taking up much of the oxygen. A look... More »

Brazilian President to World on Amazon Fires: Butt Out

'Our house is burning,' French leader says

(Newser) - French President Emmanuel Macron says the fires raging in the Amazon rainforest are an international crisis—but his Brazilian counterpart thinks Macron, and the rest of the world, should butt out. President Jair Bolsonaro said Thursday that foreign powers should not interfere, even though he admitted that Brazil did not... More »

Trump: We'll Retaliate Against 'Macron's Foolishness'

President criticizes France's new digital tax on big companies, along with French wine

(Newser) - President Trump on Friday promised to retaliate against France for adopting a pioneering tax on internet giants like Google, Amazon, and Facebook, per the AP . He also managed to get in a shot at French wine. Trump, who doesn't drink, tweeted : "I've always said American wine is... More »

Macron on Friendship Tree's Death: No Biggie

He plans to send a replacement oak

(Newser) - France wants to give it another go, so look out for "friendship tree" No. 2. French President Emmanuel Macron says he'll send a new oak sapling to President Trump after the one planted on the grounds of the White House last spring apparently croaked . A dead tree—even... More »

Trump, Macron's 'Friendship' Tree Vanished. Now, Bad News

French media says oak sapling died while in required quarantine

(Newser) - Where an oak sapling once stood on the White House lawn, now lies an empty patch of grass—and the French media are using it as "a metaphor ... for the deteriorating relations between the US and Europe," per Deutsche Welle . The tree that used to stand on that... More »

Macron Promises to Rebuild Notre Dame Within 5 Years

President challenges France to make cathedral even more beautiful

(Newser) - France will rebuild Notre Dame "even more beautifully," President Emmanuel Macron told the nation Tuesday in a televised address. "And I want it to be completed in five years." One day after fire ravaged the cathedral, Reuters reports that Macron laid out the challenge ahead: "... More »

Brexit Gets a New Date. And It's Spooky.

Will Britain leave the EU in costume or business attire?

(Newser) - European Union leaders on Thursday offered Britain an extension to Brexit that would allow the country to delay its EU departure date until Halloween. Leaders of the 27 remaining EU member states met for more than six hours before agreeing after midnight to postpone Brexit until Oct. 31, two officials... More »

EU Leader: How About a Year-Long Brexit Delay?

Theresa May instead eyes June 30 deadline as deadlock remains

(Newser) - Theresa May wants to delay Brexit until June 30 to avoid a crash-out in one week's time, though a key European Union leader suggested a pause of up to a year. In a Friday letter to European Council President Donald Tusk, May seeks an extension until June 30 and... More »

8K Cops, 14 Armored Vehicles, Dozens Arrested in Paris

It's the 5th straight weekend of protests in France

(Newser) - Paris police say 85 people have been detained in Paris on the fifth straight weekend of protests by the "yellow vests" movement, where thousands of people converged in the French capital. Police say of those detained, 46 people have been arrested. No details have been given about why they... More »

Macron Breaks Silence With Promises of Slashed Taxes

The French president is urging calm as demonstrations turn violent

(Newser) - President Emmanuel Macron broke his silence Monday on the exceptional protests shaking France and his presidency, promising broad tax relief for struggling workers and pensioners—and acknowledging his own responsibility in fueling the nation's anger. Speaking with a soft voice and gentle tone, Macron pleaded during a brief televised... More »

Where France's Emmanuel Macron Blew It

He miscalculated how the burden of his fuel tax would fall on people who could least afford it

(Newser) - Paris and other large cities in France are bracing for violence this weekend. "Yellow vest" protesters promise to be out in force, and police promise to be there to meet them. One potential sign of good news: Representatives of the protesters will meet with Prime Minister Edouard Philippe Friday... More »

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