Emmanuel Macron

PARIS  | French military parades for Bastille Day, gets budget boost

PARIS  — France’s military is getting a budget boost from President Emmanuel Macron as soldiers prepare to march through Paris on Bastille Day. Fighter jets will perform acrobatics over Paris and troops will parade Saturday down the Champs-Elysees. Macron is presiding over the event, where Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is the guest of … Continue reading PARIS  | French military parades for Bastille Day, gets budget boost

BLENHEIM PALACE, England | Trump dishes up fresh dose of chaos aimed at May, Londoners

BLENHEIM PALACE, England — Dishing up a fresh dose of chaos on his European tour, President Donald Trump left behind a contentious NATO gathering in Brussels and moved on to Britain, where a pomp-filled welcome ceremony was soon overshadowed by an interview in which Trump blasted Prime Minister Theresa May, blamed London’s mayor for terror … Continue reading BLENHEIM PALACE, England | Trump dishes up fresh dose of chaos aimed at May, Londoners

BRUSSELS | Trump’s claim that NATO will boost defense spending disputed

BRUSSELS — President Donald Trump closed out his chaotic two-day visit to NATO Thursday by declaring victory, claiming that member nations caved to his demands to significantly increase defense spending and reaffirming his commitment to the alliance. But there were no immediate specifics on what Trump said he had achieved, and French President Emmanuel Macron … Continue reading BRUSSELS | Trump’s claim that NATO will boost defense spending disputed

BRUSSELS  | The Latest: Macron denies Trump claims on defense spending

BRUSSELS — The Latest on the NATO summit in Brussels (all times local): 1:20 p.m. French President Emmanuel Macron has denied President Donald Trump’s claim that NATO allies have agreed to boost defense spending beyond 2 percent of gross domestic product. Macron said: There is a communique that was published yesterday. It’s very detailed.” He … Continue reading BRUSSELS  | The Latest: Macron denies Trump claims on defense spending

BRUSSELS | The Latest: Trump, Polish president discuss military ties

BRUSSELS — The Latest on President Donald Trump‘s trip to Europe (all times local): 10:10 p.m. Poland’s President Andrzej Duda and President Donald Trump have spoken on the sidelines of a NATO summit in Brussels about strengthening military cooperation. The talk Wednesday comes as Poland is lobbying to have thousands of American troops permanently stationed … Continue reading BRUSSELS | The Latest: Trump, Polish president discuss military ties

MOSCOW | The Latest: Sexism a bigger issue than racism at World Cup

MOSCOW — The Latest on Wednesday at the World Cup (all times local): 6:21 p.m. French President Emmanuel Macron will meet with Russia’s Vladimir Putin with France having made it to the World Cup final in Moscow — and on the eve of Putin’s high-stakes meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump. Macron’s office said Wednesday … Continue reading MOSCOW | The Latest: Sexism a bigger issue than racism at World Cup

BRUSSELS | The Latest: Trump arrives at NATO headquarters for talks

BRUSSELS — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s trip to Europe (all times local): 1 p.m. President Donald Trump has arrived at NATO headquarters in Brussels for the first of two days of summit talks with allies. Trump is planning to press his counterparts to increase their spending on defense, having publicly criticized many European … Continue reading BRUSSELS | The Latest: Trump arrives at NATO headquarters for talks

PARIS | Macron makes rare speech to parliament at Versailles Palace

PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron is convening both houses of parliament to review his first year in office and lay out his plans for his mandate’s next four years. But some of the more than 900 lawmakers are boycotting the speech at the Palace of Versailles, criticizing it as an exercise of a monarch. … Continue reading PARIS | Macron makes rare speech to parliament at Versailles Palace

WASHINGTON | The Latest: Trump welcomes Macron at White House

WASHINGTON | April 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  The Latest on the White House visit of French President Emmanuel Macron (all times local): 9 a.m. President Donald Trump is welcoming French President Emmanuel Macron to the White House in a formal arrival ceremony. The president and first lady are greeting Macron and his wife, Brigitte Macron, on … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Trump welcomes Macron at White House

WASHINGTON | No typical double date: Trumps, Macrons dine at Mount Vernon

WASHINGTON| April 23, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) Tending to bonding before business, President Donald Trump and France’s Emmanuel Macron opened the French president’s visit Monday with an anything-but-ordinary double date with their wives at George Washington’s house. The presidents and their spouses hopped on a helicopter bound for Mount Vernon, Washington’s historic riverside home, for a private … Continue reading WASHINGTON | No typical double date: Trumps, Macrons dine at Mount Vernon

PARIS | Why French globalist Macron is befriending nationalist Trump

PARIS | April 22, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) Of everything Emmanuel Macron has accomplished in nearly a year as France’s president, the most important may be his tough-love friendship with Donald Trump. From their first bone-squeezing handshake to Macron’s recent claim that he persuaded Trump to bomb Syria, it’s been an improbable relationship. And it will be … Continue reading PARIS | Why French globalist Macron is befriending nationalist Trump

WASHINGTON | Vive la France: Trump hosts glitzy White House state dinner

WASHINGTON | April 21, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Now it’s President Donald Trump’s turn to pull off the ultimate charm offensive. Wined and dined on multiple state visits during his tour of Asia last year, Trump is paying it forward and celebrating nearly 250 years of U.S.-French relations by playing host to President Emmanuel Macron at … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Vive la France: Trump hosts glitzy White House state dinner

BRUSSELS | Supreme Court dismisses Microsoft search case

BRUSSELS  | April 17, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday ruled out any expansion of the European Union until the bloc is reformed, as a top EU official warned that the volatile Balkans could face a return to war if countries in the region have no hope of joining. Macron’s insistence on a … Continue reading BRUSSELS | Supreme Court dismisses Microsoft search case

Identity thieves use French first lady’s name to seek perks

PARIS /March 30, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — An aide to French first lady Brigitte Macron has filed a legal complaint over identity theft, after his accounts were apparently used to seek special Formula One tickets and other VIP treatment. The French presidential palace said Friday an investigation is underway. Hotels and other businesses in multiple countries … Continue reading Identity thieves use French first lady’s name to seek perks

French minister: Fighting gender violence ‘the top priority’

UNITED NATIONS/ March 14, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —Fighting violence against women isn’t just a top priority for French President Emmanuel Macron — it’s the top priority, his gender equality minister said Wednesday. And one of the first targets is street harassment. In an interview, Marlene Schiappa said legislation that she will present to the Cabinet next week … Continue reading French minister: Fighting gender violence ‘the top priority’

Steel standoff: No exemption for EU so far, despite talks

BRUSSELS /March 10, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — The European Union and Japan pressed U.S. President Donald Trump’s trade envoy Saturday to exempt them, as longtime U.S. allies, from upcoming steel tariffs that have sparked fears of a new trade war. But they appeared to win no quick concessions. EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem said after meetings in … Continue reading Steel standoff: No exemption for EU so far, despite talks

Macron visits Calais to preview toughened migrant policies

CALAIS, France (AP) — President Emmanuel Macron traveled Tuesday to Calais, the epicenter of France’s migrant crisis, to lay out a new approach to immigration: help for those who want to stay, expulsion for those using France as a transit point and sanctions for security forces who overstep the rules. The northern port city is … Continue reading Macron visits Calais to preview toughened migrant policies

Macron leads tribute 3 years after Charlie Hebdo attacks

PARIS/January 07, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— French President Emmanuel Macron has paid respects to the 17 people killed when Islamic extremists attacked satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket three years ago, in the first of several attacks to rock France. Along with Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, Charlie Hebdo’s chief editor and cartoonist Laurent Sourisseau and others, … Continue reading Macron leads tribute 3 years after Charlie Hebdo attacks

Turkey’s Erdogan says he is tired of waiting for EU approval

PARIS/January 05, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday he is “seriously tired” of waiting for the European Union to decide if it wants his country as a member. Erdogan was in Paris for talks with French President Emmanuel Macron, part of efforts to improve his government’s strained relationship with Europe. Macron confirmed that … Continue reading Turkey’s Erdogan says he is tired of waiting for EU approval

Protests greet Erdogan on first France visit since crackdown

PARIS/January 05, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —Protests over press freedom and the deteriorating state of human rights in Turkey greeted Turkish President Recep Tayyip as he arrived in Paris on Friday for talks with French President Emmanuel Macron. The trip is Erdogan’s first to France since his government strongly cracked down on suspected opponents following a failed coup in … Continue reading Protests greet Erdogan on first France visit since crackdown

The Latest: France’s Macron eyes law to tackle fake news

PARIS/January 03, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— The Latest on French President Emmanuel Macron‘s agenda (all times local): 6:45 p.m. French President Emmanuel Macron says he’s going to propose a new law to combat fake news on the internet during French election campaigns. In a speech Wednesday, Macron said he wants new rules for websites, including more transparency about … Continue reading The Latest: France’s Macron eyes law to tackle fake news

France’s Macron sets course for rapid changes this year

PARIS/January 03, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— French President Emmanuel Macron has urged his ministers to rapidly push on with measures to reform the country’s economy, security apparatus and immigration framework. Following the first meeting of Macron’s cabinet this year, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said the government has “a lot on our plate.” Top of the agenda in the … Continue reading France’s Macron sets course for rapid changes this year

Macron slams Assad for comments on France supporting terror

PARIS /December 19, 2017 (AP)(STL.NEWS) —  French president Emmanuel Macron hit back on Tuesday at Syrian counterpart Bashar Assad’s allegations that France supported terrorism in Syria, insisting that the US-led international coalition should be credited for the military successes against the Islamic State. Speaking after a meeting with NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg, Macron said … Continue reading Macron slams Assad for comments on France supporting terror

African refugees reach France in resettlement initiative

PARIS /December 18, 2017 (AP)(STL.NEWS) —   The first group of African refugees benefiting from a new initiative bringing those deemed to be especially vulnerable directly to Europe arrived in France on Monday. The 19 Sudanese, including 11 children, were selected from a camp in Chad, where hundreds of thousands escaping war have taken refuge. They … Continue reading African refugees reach France in resettlement initiative

Macron: Talk to Assad now, he will answer for crimes later

PARIS /December 17, 2017 (AP)(STL.NEWS) —  French President Emmanuel Macron thinks the Islamic State group will be defeated in Syria by the middle or end of February and that Syrian President Bashar Assad can’t be ignored in the aftermath of a military victory but must one day answer for his crimes, according to a television … Continue reading Macron: Talk to Assad now, he will answer for crimes later

The Latest: Macron hosts leaders in global warming battle

PARIS /December 12, 2017 (AP)(STL.NEWS) —The Latest on the climate summit taking place in Paris (all times local): 1:30 p.m. French President Emmanuel Macron is hosting 164 world leaders, government members, business leaders and prominent figures involved in fighting global warming at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris. More than 50 heads of state and … Continue reading The Latest: Macron hosts leaders in global warming battle

The Latest: French leader urges calm in North Korea crisis

WASHINGTON/August 12, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — The Latest on the North Korea crisis (all times local): 10:20 a.m. – French President Emmanuel Macron has called on all sides in the North Korean nuclear crisis to act responsibly “to prevent any escalation of tensions” after a days-long war of words between Washington and Pyongyang. In a statement Saturday, … Continue reading The Latest: French leader urges calm in North Korea crisis