Éric Zemmour, French Far-Right Candidate, Convicted for Inciting Racial Hatred

Éric Zemmour, a pundit whose presidential run has upended French politics, had called unaccompanied migrant children “assassins” and “rapists” on television.

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Marine Le Pen, Kicking Off Her Campaign, Tries to Embody Credibility

Ms. Le Pen has bet that sanitizing her far-right party’s image will finally bear fruit in the run-up to France’s presidential election in April.

#france, #le-pen-marine, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #pecresse-valerie, #politics-and-government, #zemmour-eric

Fear of Russia Brings New Purpose and Unity to NATO, Once Again

After years of drift, Trumpian ridicule and failure in Afghanistan, Russian demands for a new Iron Curtain in Europe have created unity in the alliance, at least for now.

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Using Harsh Language, Macron Issues a Challenge to the Unvaccinated

The French president was seeking to tap into a rich political vein: anger among the majority of vaccinated people at a minority who refuse to get vaccinated and disproportionately occupy hospital beds.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #france, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

Macron Under Fire for Vowing to Make Unvaccinated Miserable

The president’s comments caused an uproar in Parliament as the government is trying to pass a bill to tighten the eligibility of France’s health pass, less than four months before the presidential election.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #france, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

Omicron Strains France’s Social Contract on Covid

President Emmanuel Macron won people over by promising normalcy if they followed Covid advice. Now Omicron has raised questions about whether he, or any leader, can deliver on that.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #france, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #vaccination-and-immunization

In a France Fearful of Immigrants, Another Candidate Tacks Hard Right

Valérie Pécresse, the center-right candidate in April’s presidential election, has adopted the vocabulary of the far right when discussing immigration.

#france, #immigration-and-emigration, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #politics-and-government, #valerie-pecresse

New Caledonia Says ‘Non’ to Independence

The vote on the Pacific island territory comes as France’s president has prioritized shoring up the country’s international profile, seeing its military as a bulwark against China.

#elections, #france, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #new-caledonia, #politics-and-government, #referendums, #secession-and-independence-movements

Putin, Patron of European Unity? At This Art Exhibition, He Is.

Russia’s president is an unlikely backer for a roving art show that asks questions about what it means to be European — and whether Russia really is.

#art, #europe, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #steinmeier-frank-walter, #tretyakov-gallery

Wrong Man Arrested Over Khashoggi Killing, France Says

The French authorities released a Saudi man who shared the name and age of a suspect in the murder of the dissident writer, saying it was a case of mistaken identity.

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As French Election Looms, Candidates Stake Out Tough Positions on Migrants

With a presidential election looming, French presidential hopefuls are hardening their positions against immigration even as other countries compete for migrant workers.

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Josephine Baker Interred in French Panthéon

President Macron hails the American-born dancer and French resistance fighter as a symbol of unity in a time of sharp division.

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Europe Looks to Nuclear Power to Meet Climate Goals

While wind and solar ramp up, several countries, including France and Britain, are looking to expand their nuclear energy programs. Germany and others aren’t so enthusiastic.

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France-U.K. Acrimony Over Channel Crossings Deepens

The French responded angrily to Boris Johnson’s suggestion that France take back migrants who reach Britain, and rescinded an invitation for a top British official to discuss the crisis.

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Vaccinated vs. Unvaccinated: Europe’s Covid Culture War

In pockets of Europe, vaccine resistance has become the long tail of the populist nationalist movements that shook up European politics for a decade.

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Harris Meets Macron, Signaling a ‘New Era’ After Sub Snub, Both Say

In her vague assignment abroad, the vice president seems to be emphasizing that the U.S.-France relationship is about looking forward, in the wake of an embarrassing diplomatic spat.

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Ex-Macron Aide Convicted of Assault and Posing as a Police Officer

The aide, Alexandre Benalla, who was fired in 2018 after videos emerged of him beating a man at a labor protest, was sentenced to serve a year of house arrest with electronic monitoring.

#assaults, #benalla-alexandre, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #france, #le-monde, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #paris-france, #politics-and-government

Bitterness Over Brexit Lies Behind Fraying France-U.K. Relations

A recent dispute over fishing rights illuminates a broader and more fundamental disagreement over Britain’s decision to leave the European Union.

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‘America Is Back,’ Biden Declared in June. The World Is About to Test Him.

Arriving in Europe with an unfinished economic and environmental spending plan, the president will confront new challenges, some self-inflicted, at two major summits.

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Looted Treasures Begin a Long Journey Home From France

The return to Benin of 26 ransacked objects will be the first large-scale act of restitution to Africa by a former European colonial power.

#arts-and-antiquities-looting, #kasarherou-emmanuel, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #mivekannin-romeo, #museums, #quai-branly-museum, #sarr-felwine

France and the United States Seek an Elusive Reconciliation

The Biden administration is poised to offer the French some defense-related emollients after their falling out over a sabotaged submarine deal. But some damage may last.

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After Merkel, Europe Will Be Led By No One

There is a vacuum at the bloc’s heart.

#draghi-mario, #europe, #european-sovereign-debt-crisis-2010, #european-union, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #merkel-angela, #scholz-olaf-1958

Macron Commemorates 1961 Paris Police Killing of Algerian Protesters

President Emmanuel Macron of France is the country’s first head of state to attend an event marking the deaths, which officials ignored for decades.

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Italy Puts in Force Tough New Law Requiring Workers to Test or Vaccinate

The rollout went more or less smoothly, with only scattered protests, as the majority of citizens accepted the ‘Green Pass’ as a tolerable sacrifice to stem the Covid pandemic.

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Italy’s New Law Requires Workers to Get Covid Vaccine or Testing

The rollout went more or less smoothly, with only scattered protests, as the majority of citizens accepted the ‘Green Pass’ as a tolerable sacrifice to stem the Covid pandemic.

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How Éric Zemmour Is Turning French Politics Upside Down

Éric Zemmour, an anti-immigrant writer and TV commentator, is surging in opinion polls before presidential elections next year — and he is not yet a candidate.

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Clear Differences Remain Between France and U.S., French Minister Says

Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire says the two countries remain at odds over China and various security issues, even if they had effectively cooperated on overhauling the international tax system.

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Blinken, in Paris, Tries to Restore Trust After Submarine Snub

The American secretary of state met privately with the French foreign minister for more than an hour. But French anger remained palpable, even as both sides tried to move on.

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Europe’s Social Democrats Show Signs of Life, but France Poses a Roadblock

Center-left parties have won a string of victories, capped by Olaf Scholz’s win in Germany. Yet, France’s struggling Socialists threaten hopes for a broader social democratic revival.

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Can Macron Lead the European Union After Merkel Retires?

Emmanuel Macron, the French president, would love to fill the German chancellor’s shoes. But a Europe with no single, central figure may be more likely.

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France’s Power Is Questioned After Failed Submarine Deal

The failed submarine deal with Australia raises questions about whether there is an unbridgeable divide between France’s vision of itself on the world stage and its actual power.

#australia, #defense-and-military-forces, #france, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #pacific-ocean, #politics-and-government, #submarines-and-submersibles

France, Striving for Global Power, Still Struggles to Get It

Though often seen as vanity or pique, France’s assertiveness abroad is calibrated to manage a quandary it has faced since World War II: how to act as an independent power while depending on allies.

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Submarines and Shifting Allegiances

Why the U.S.-British deal to sell military technology to Australia has unleashed claims of backstabbing and betrayal.

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Why France Is Angry About the U.S.’s Submarine Deal

The new partnership between the United States, Britain and Australia is a diplomatic bombshell.

#australia, #china, #france, #great-britain, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #pacific-ocean, #submarines-and-submersibles, #united-states

At U.N., Biden Calls for Diplomacy, not Conflict, but Some Are Skeptical

The president said he wants global cooperation to meet challenges, but some allies and adversaries say his actions point to confrontation with China and unilateral action, belying his words.

#australia, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-and-military-forces, #france, #general-assembly-un, #global-warming, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #putin-vladimir-v, #united-states-international-relations, #xi-jinping

The Roots of French Pique

France was right to be angry about the submarine deal. But it’ll get over it.

#de-gaulle-charles, #defense-and-military-forces, #european-union, #france, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #politics-and-government, #united-states-international-relations

France Asks ‘Forgiveness’ for Its Abandonment of Algerian Harkis

After fighting on the French side in the Algerian war of independence, Algerian Arabs were left to be slaughtered in Algeria or were abused in France.

#algeria, #algerian-war-1954-62, #apologies, #bouteflika-abdelaziz, #de-gaulle-charles, #france, #macron-emmanuel-1977

Macron Takes on U.S., a Big Gamble Even for a Bold Risk-Taker

For President Emmanuel Macron of France, a debacle over a lost submarine deal with Australia suggests that the NATO alliance is debilitated through lack of trust.

#australia, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #france, #international-relations, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #submarines-and-submersibles, #united-states

Stabilized Notre-Dame Cathedral Is on Track for 2024 Reopening, Officials Say

The restoration effort is seeking to meet President Emmanuel Macron’s ambitious plan to reopen the cathedral five years after it was ravaged by a fire — just in time for the 2024 Olympics in Paris.

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The Secret Talks Behind the U.S. Deal That France Called a ‘Betrayal’

In meeting after meeting with their French counterparts, U.S. officials gave no heads-up about their plans to upend France’s largest defense contract.

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France Recalls Ambassadors to the United States and Australia in Protest of Submarine Deal

The French foreign minister said the decision was made by President Emmanuel Macron.

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The Sharp U.S. Pivot to Asia Is Throwing Europe Off Balance

The new U.S. alliance with Australia and Britain against China has put Europe closer to a question it has tried to avoid: Which side are you on?

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From TV to the French Presidency? Éric Zemmour Eyes Trump’s Path

Éric Zemmour, a writer and TV celebrity known for his far-right nationalism, dominates political talk in France as he weighs a run for president.

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France Is Outraged by U.S. Nuclear Submarine Deal With Australia

French officials accused President Biden of acting like his predecessor, saying they were stabbed in the back and not consulted.

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A Skeleton for Diplomacy: How a Plan to Reconcile France and Russia Collapsed

The remains of a Napoleonic general who died on a Russian battlefield came home in July. But the chance for rapprochement collapsed over concerns about Moscow’s policies.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #bonaparte-napoleon, #france, #funerals-and-memorials, #gudin-charles-etienne-1768-1812, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #malinowski-pierre, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia

Memory of Migrant Crisis Haunts Europe as First Afghan Refugees Land

With elections looming in Germany and France, European politicians are terrified of another mass movement of migrants. But experts say the comparison with 2015 is flawed.

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Emmanuel Macron Told the French What to Do. It Didn’t Go Well.

The government’s introduction of vaccine passes is a cautionary tale.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #france, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #vaccination-and-immunization, #vaccination-proof-and-immunization-records

France Passes Climate Law, but Critics Say It Falls Short

The law bans some short flights, requires more vegetarian school meals and curbs wasteful plastic packaging. But activists say it’s not enough.

#europe, #france, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #macron-emmanuel-1977

Macron and Le Pen Parties Both Battered in French Regional Elections

The returns suggest the presidential election next year may be more wide open than it seemed.

#elections, #france, #la-republique-en-marche, #le-pen-marine, #les-republicains-france, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #national-rally-france, #politics-and-government

In France’s Military, Muslims Find a Tolerance That Is Elusive Elsewhere

In a nation wary of the growth of Islam, France’s military has embraced and integrated its Muslim soldiers by facilitating their religious practice.

#defense-and-military-forces, #discrimination, #france, #lebanon, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #muslims-and-islam, #religion-and-belief, #religion-state-relations