Emmanuel Macron

  • Macron walking around numerous minefields raises Islamophobia to fight Islamic terror
    BY SAEED NAQVI IANS | November 1 One of our major newspapers has, on page one, underlined for emphasis something significant: India became the first "non western country" to come out in support of French President Emmanuel Macron in his fight against Islamic terror. Less than a week after the macabre beheading of a school teacher, Samuel Paty, by an 18-year-old Chechen, terrorists killed three more. The Chechen who had been through a decade of French secular schooling
  • Nice residents mourn church attack dead as official warns of more militant attacks
    PARIS/NICE, France, October 30 (Reuters): France's interior minister said on Friday more militant attacks on its soil were likely and the country was engaged in a war against Islamist ideology following the second deadly knife attack in its cities in two weeks. Minister Gerald Damarnin was speaking a day after an assailant shouting "Allahu Akbar" (God is Greatest) beheaded a woman and killed two other people in a church in Nice. The man was shot by police and i
  • Thousands protest in Bangladesh over Macron remarks after killings in France
    SINGAPORE, October 30 (Reuters): Tens of thousands of Muslims protested in Bangladesh on Friday after killings by a knife-wielding assailant in a French church prompted a vow from President Emmanuel Macron to stand firm against attacks on French values and freedom of belief. French Interior Minister Gerald Damarnin said France - home to Europe's largest Muslim community and hit by a string of militant attacks in recent years - was engaged in a war against Islamist ideology
  • Thousands rally in Bangladesh to protest Macron comments in cartoon row
    DHAKA, October 27 (Reuters): Thousands of Muslims took to the streets of the Bangladesh capital on Tuesday to protest against remarks by French President Emmanuel Macron in a row about cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad. The dispute has its roots in a knife attack outside a French school on Oct. 16 in which a man of Chechen origin beheaded Samuel Paty, a teacher who had shown pupils the cartoons in a civics lesson on freedom of speech. France has allowed displays of the cartoo
  • Pakistan PM accuses Macron of attacking Islam by 'encouraging' blasphemous cartoons
    ISLAMABAD, October 25 (Reuters): Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Sunday that French President Emmanuel Macron has "attacked Islam" by encouraging the display of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad. Khan's comments come days after Macron paid tribute to a French history teacher beheaded by an Islamist radical who wanted to avenge the use of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad in a class on freedom of expression. "Sadly, President Macron
  • UK will explore every avenue for EU deal, PM Johnson tells France's Macron
    LONDON, October 10 (Reuters): Britain will explore every avenue for a trade deal with the European Union but progress to bridge significant gaps needs to be made in the coming days, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday. Johnson has set a deadline of the Oct. 15 EU summit for agreement on a deal, and the EU is seeking a few more concessions before entering the final phase of negotiations. "(Johnson) confirmed the UK's
  • Turkey's Erdogan slams France's Macron for comments on 'Islamist separatism'
    ANKARA, October 6 (Reuters): Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan upbraided French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday over his comments last week pledging to fight "Islamist separatism", saying the remarks were "a clear provocation" and showed the French leader's "impertinence". Macron had said "Islamist separatism" was threatening to take control in some Muslim communities in France and a bill on the issue would be sent to parliament
  • New Caledonia rejects full independence from France again
    PARIS, October 4 (Reuters): The South Pacific archipelago of New Caledonia voted against independence from France on Sunday for the second time in as many years, a provisional final count showed. A surprise "yes" vote would have deprived Paris of a foothold in a region where China is expanding its influence, and dented the pride of a colonial power whose reach once spanned large parts of Africa, Southeast Asia, the Caribbean and the Pacific. The "no" vote
  • Macron launches crackdown on 'Islamist separatism' in Muslim communities
    PARIS, October 2 (Reuters): President Emmanuel Macron pledged on Friday to fight "Islamist separatism" which he said was threatening to take control in some Muslim communities around France. France has struggled with homegrown Islamist militancy for years but Macron's government is increasingly worried by broader signs of radicalisation - often non-violent - within Muslim communities, French officials say. They cite the refusal of some Muslim men to shake women
  • Protesters in France's Marseille rebel against COVID shutdown
    MARSEILLE, France, September 25 (Reuters): Protesters in Marseille on Friday demanded President Emmanuel Macron's government reverse an order to shut down bars and restaurants in France's second-biggest city, the epicentre of a second wave of coronavirus infections. Local politicians said the move was disproportionate to the risk and would devastate the local economy. Some proprietors said they would defy the order, amid signs of mounting public frustration across Fr
  • Macron presses Lebanese politicians as cabinet deadline looms
    PARIS/BEIRUT, September 13 (Reuters): French President Emmanuel Macron has been pressing Lebanese politicians to deliver on promises to form a new government this week and haul the country out of its worst crisis since the 1975-1990 civil war, his office said on Sunday. Lebanon's leaders promised Macron on Sept. 1 during his visit that they would form a cabinet of technocrats without party loyalties in about two weeks to end a crippling economic crisis made worse by a huge
  • Macron warns Lebanese leaders of sanctions if reforms are not swift
    BEIRUT, September 1 (Reuters): French President Emmanuel Macron has warned Lebanese politicians they risk sanctions if they fail to set the nation on a new course within three months, stepping up pressure for reforms in a country collapsing under the weight of an economic crisis. Visiting for the second time in less than a month, Macron marked Lebanon's centenary by planting a cedar tree, the emblem of a nation that is facing its biggest threat to stability since the 1975-1
  • Lebanon's leaders agree on new prime minister before Macron visit
    BEIRUT, August 31 (Reuters): Lebanon's ambassador to Germany Mustapha Adib is set to be designated prime minister on Monday ahead of a visit to Beirut by the French president who will press for long-delayed reforms to steer the Middle East nation out of its deep crisis. Emmanuel Macron, who arrives late on Monday for his second visit in less than a month, has spearheaded international efforts to get Lebanon's fractious leaders to tackle the root causes of a financial me
  • Let me die in dignity: terminally ill man's plea to French leader
    DIJON, France, August 21 (Reuters): In exactly two weeks, Alain Cocq says he will begin his own slow and agonising death by refusing the round-the-clock medical care that is keeping him alive. Before that happens he has set himself a final task: to persuade French President Emmanuel Macron to change the law so that healthcare professionals can make his death swifter and less painful. "Some people want to carry on to the end," Cocq, who is 57, said from the bed he h
  • Behind fortress walls, Macron and Merkel to chart Europe's course
    PARIS, August 20 (Reuters): Germany's Angela Merkel and France's Emmanuel Macron met behind the walls of a medieval island fortress in the Mediterranean on Thursday to chart the next steps for a partnership that is the driving force behind the European Union. In the grounds of Fort de Bregancon, Merkel was greeted on arrival by Macron and his wife Brigitte, who exchanged bows instead of handshakes. "The best place in the world," Merkel told her hosts in Eng
  • Macron tells donor conference: 'Lebanon's future is at stake'
    FORT BREGANCON, August 9 (Reuters): World powers have a duty to support the Lebanese people after a massive blast devastated their capital as the country's future is at stake, French President Emmanuel Macron told an emergency donors conference on Sunday. Lebanon's debt-laden economy was already mired in crisis and reeling from the coronavirus pandemic before the port explosion, which killed 158 people. But foreign governments are wary about writing blank cheques to a g
  • Macron promises angry Beirut crowds aid won't go to "corrupt hands"
    BEIRUT/PARIS, August 6 (Reuters): French President Emmanuel Macron promised angry Lebanese crowds in shattered Beirut that aid to rebuild the city would not go to "corrupt hands" and he urged the political authorities to carry out reforms or risk plunging Lebanon deeper into crisis. Macron was speaking during the first visit by a foreign leader to the Lebanese capital since the biggest blast in its history tore through the city, killing at least 145 people, injured 5,000 a
  • In Beirut, Macron says Lebanese leaders need to hear "home truths"
    BEIRUT/PARIS, August 6 (Reuters): President Emmanuel Macron offered France's support for the Lebanese people on Thursday on a visit to Beirut following a huge warehouse blast, but said crisis-hit Lebanon would "continue to sink" unless its leaders carry out reforms. Macron was the first foreign leader to visit the Lebanese capital since the explosion on Tuesday that killed at least 145 people. France has long sought to support its former colony and has sent eme
  • France's Macron wants EU action, sanctions over Mediterranean violations
    PARIS, July 23 (Reuters): France's president on Thursday said it would be a serious error by the European Union to not respond to provocations in the Eastern Mediterranean and said he wanted more sanctions on those who violated Greek and Cypriot maritime space. Emmanuel Macron's comments come after Turkey's navy on Tuesday issued an advisory for seismic surveys in an area of sea between Cyprus and Crete, a move Greece said was an attempt by Ankara to encroach on its
  • France to make masks compulsory in enclosed public places
    PARIS, July 14 (Reuters): France will in the next few weeks make it compulsory to for people to wear masks in shops and other enclosed public spaces to stop a resurgence of the COVID-19 outbreak, President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday.   The virus, which killed more than 30,000 people in France, has been on the decline, but Macron said it was spreading again in some places as France opens up beaches, bars and restaurants after a two-month lockdown.   "