France will remain “militarily engaged” in the Middle East through 2019, President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday, noting that the deaths of US soldiers and civilians in Syria a day earlier showed the fight against extremism was not yet over.
France has put in motion a contingency plan to deal with a possible “hard Brexit”, Prime Minister Édouard Philippe said on Thursday. This includes €50 million of investments to assist ports and airports.
President Emmanuel Macron’s hopes to quell the economic anger of Yellow Vest protesters by announcing a national debate ran aground on Tuesday when he sparked new outrage by saying some of those struggling economically were just “screwing up”.
French President Emmanuel Macron tried to assuage the anger of Yellow Vest protesters and others as he launches his proposed “national debate” with a speech in the northern town of Grand Bourgtheroulde on Tuesday.
French President Emmanuel Macron heads to the northern town of Grand Bourgtheroulde in Normandy on Tuesday to launch a three-month national debate aimed at defusing tensions with Yellow Vest protesters.
Around 84,000 protesters — up from 50,000 the previous week — took to the streets in “Yellow Vest” rallies across France on Saturday for a ninth straight weekend of protests against President Emmanuel Macron’s economic policies.
At least 20 people were injured in a powerful gas explosion at a bakery in central Paris on Saturday, police and AFP journalists said.
Yellow Vest protesters have urged supporters to withdraw their money from French banks en masse on Friday in a deliberate attempt to disrupt “the system”. Yet despite the threat, financial institutions appear unconcerned.
The president of Japan’s Olympic Committee, Tsunekazu Takeda, has been indicted in France on corruption allegations, a judicial source confirmed on Friday.
Public donations to charities dropped sharply in France in 2018, plunging by more than 6.5 percent on last year, with some forecasting an overall 10 percent fall.