French President Emmanuel Macron has tested positive for COVID-19. The 42 year-old president will consequently isolate himself for the next week, according to the Elysee Palace, in a statement released on Thursday morning. Having tested positive, Macron joins the list of top world leaders who have contracted the virus.
France announced a mandatory curfew starting on December 15 to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Currently, there are over 70 million cases and over 1.5 million deaths around the globe. In France, a country of nearly 67 million, there are over 2.3 million infected and over 56,000 deaths.
The French government has backed down on its proposal to the National Assembly regarding its “Global Security Bill,” and instead asked that it be revised with immediate effect. In particular, a controversial article of the bill, designed to protect the police force, should be changed, the government argued.
The police beatings of a black man in Paris, which left President Emmanuel Macron shocked, has rekindled debate on racism and police violence in the midst of controversy over a security bill. Disturbing footage showed four policemen mercilessly clobbering a black music producer on the doorstep of his Paris studio.
French President Emmanuel Macron announced on Thursday, November 5, 2020, that the number of France troops on it’s borders will be doubled to 4,800 people after a spate of Islamist attacks in France and Austria. In December, he will ask other EU leaders for an in-depth reform of the Schengen treaty.
Last week, French President Emmanuel Macron launched and “leaked” an offensive against the “Islamic order.” This offensive has a utilitarian and local character, and hardly at all pulled on a new “crusade” that the French public would not imagine. However, as usual, in such cases, the result gives way to pure politics.
The president of France, Emmanuel Macron, joined world leaders in offering his condolences to Austria, following a terrorist attack in the capital, Vienna. Four people were killed in the attacks. France, on its part, has been rocked by a series of terrorist attacks in recent days.
Three suspects were arrested in connection with the Nice and Lyon assassinations. The main suspect in the Nice assassination was seriously injured and is yet to be questioned, but six people have been arrested in connection with the case. Another has been arrested in connection with an attack on a priest in Lyon.
A protest by Indian Muslims at Bhopal’s Iqbal Maidan against French President Emmanuel Macron has caused a stir in Madhya Pradesh politics. Thousands of Muslims not only protested against France but also set fire to the flag of France during the protest on Thursday.
U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday expressed his support for his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron’s tough stance against radical Islam and his crackdown on Islamist terrorists. Through his social networks, President Trump expressed his support for France and stressed that such attacks should be halted “immediately.”
France suffered yet another terror attack on Thursday in the southern city of Nice. An alleged Islamist terrorist killed three with a knife in the Notre-Dame Basilica. In addition, in what has left many utterly terrified, one of the victims, a 70-year old woman, was beheaded inside the church.
France “will never renounce its principles and values,” in regard to its recent tough stance on Muslims, despite what it terms as “attempts at destabilization and intimidation” by Turkey. This has been said Wednesday by the spokesman for the Franch president, Gabriel Attal, who also underscored “a strong European unity.”
Dissatisfied with French President Emmanuel Macron’s statement on Muslims and Islam, some Arab countries have begun to boycott French goods. The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued an appeal to stop the boycott, and President Macron has also responded.
The President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, implored the citizens of his country Monday not to buy products from France. His remarks came in retaliation for the strong position taken by France against Islamic groups, following the beheading of one of its teachers by a radical Muslim young man.
The Austrian Chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, and the European Union’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, have strongly condemned the insults of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, aimed his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron. On his part, the Chancellor made his thoughts known on Twitter.
The Turkish president launched a sharp attack on his French counterpart, asking him to “check his mental health”, due to the latter’s proposal to protect his country’s secular values. For its part, Jordan condemned the re-publication of the caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad “under the pretext of freedom of expression.”
The police have not disclosed the identity of the suspect. According to the “Parisian”, the attacker was an 18-year-old man with a Chechen background, born in Moscow. When committing the crime, he was carrying a knife and an air gun, and he shouted “Allahu Akbar” when he committed the crime.
French President Emmanuel Macron irked by the on goings in Belarus notably the brutal crackdown on peaceful demonstrators by the Lukashenko led administration, President Macron has ramped up the pressure on the embattled Belarus president by insisting that Alexander Lukashenko must vacate office, saying Lukashenko “must go”.
Two French soldiers have been killed and one left with injuries during an operation in Tessalit, northern part of Kidal province in Mali. The two died after their vehicle hit an improvised electronic device. The soldiers were members of the Paratroop regiment based in Tarbes, southwestern France. France began its military operations in Mali in 2013.
The trial of the accused in the case of the bloody attack on the office of the satirical magazine “Charlie Hebdo” began on Wednesday at 10:00 AM Central European Time. The charges related to this bloody attack are against fourteen people, who killed twelve on January 7, 2015.
French President Emmanuel Macron arrived in Beirut on his second visit since the horrific port explosion, hours after Prime Minister-Designate Mustafa Adib was assigned to form a new government and on the eve of Lebanon’s revival of its first centenary. President Emmanuel Macron landed Monday at Beirut airport.
France’s President Emmanuel Macron on Friday said that Turkey wants action against itself . It does not want to understand the way of negotiations. France is also a member of NATO. Recently, France has opposed Turkey over Turkey’s role in NATO and Libya and its ambition for a gas reserve in the Mediterranean.
The President of France, Emmanuel Macron, wants an independent investigation to establish the root cause of last Tuesday’s “Beirut Blast.” However, the Lebanese President, Michel Aoun, and the head of Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, are opposed to it. Instead, they argue that it is an internal affair, and foreign powers should keep off.
Tuesday’s Beirut blast has so far claimed at least 154 lives. The information was relayed on Friday by the Lebanese Health Minister, Hamad Hassan. The minister added that 120 of the wounded are in a critical condition. The previous last balance sheet by the Ministry of Health had reported 149 deaths.
French President Emmanuel Macron arrived in Beirut today and announced his intention to “organize international aid” to Lebanon following the devastating explosions in the port of the Lebanese capital. He also called upon the country’s leaders to implement reforms without delay.
Pope Francis has today asked the international community to step in and help Lebanon overcome the serious crisis caused by Tuesday’s explosions. The same plea for help was made by the Lebanese government, and several countries have already responded to the calls for help.
France will make it mandatory to wear a protective face mask in all closed public places to contain the spread of the coronavirus, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday. COVID-19 is showing signs of a restart in the country. “I would like to make masks mandatory in all enclosed public spaces,” Macron said.
French President Emmanuel Macron has criticized Turkey for its role in the Libyan conflict. Macron said Monday night, after meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Mizeburg, near Berlin, that this role “is a threat to Africa and Europe, and France condemns external interference” in Libya.
More than 232,000 people may have been infected in the first phase of the coronavirus in mainland China, a number four times higher than that released by the authorities at the time. The conclusion is from a study carried out in Hong Kong, which comes after Beijing was accused by several countries of not being transparent about the numbers and the origin of the pandemic.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel today called on the Chinese government to be transparent about the origin story of the new coronavirus. This comes after three other countries have, on their part, already expressed suspicion about the information made available by China. “I believe the more transparent China is about the origin story of the virus, the better it is for everyone in the world in order to learn from it,” Merkel said at a press conference.
Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar has told French President Emmanuel Macron he will sign a ceasefire if militias backing the internationally recognized government respect it. The meeting was held discretely for nearly an hour at the Elysée Palace in Paris, and left off President Macron’s schedule.
French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday urged Europeans to play a more direct role in the face of global turmoil by participating fully in upcoming negotiations on arms control. Macron also invited European partners to engage in a “strategic dialogue” on the deterrent role of France’s nuclear capacity as the country embarks on a costly modernization of its arsenal.
Emmanuel Macron wants to find a new friend in Poland, but he is not going to abandon his ties with Russia. The French President tried to accomplish this difficult task during his two-day visit to Warsaw, where he showed caution and did not criticize the country’s government for a rollback from democracy. Macron also tried to recruit Poland as a military ally, but emphasized the need to maintain relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Less than two weeks after the Libyan conference in Berlin, French President Emmanuel Macron has sharply criticized Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. According to Macron, Turkey has broken its promise not to interfere in the affairs of the troubled North African state. The French president views the issue as a “clear violation” of what was agreed in Berlin.
On Friday, the French cabinet discussed and passed the controversial pension reform project proposed by President Emmanuel Macron. Opponents of the reform have chosen this date to organize strikes and demonstrations. The head of the General Confederation of Labor, Philippe Martinez pledged to “withstand the withdrawal” of the reform project. Once it is adopted, however, the cabinet will refer the bill to Parliament for decision.
A rise in the attacks by terrorists in West Africa has raised concerns over French military involvement in the region. The current French operation has been on-going since 2014, coordinating security related issues with Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, and Chad. Currently, over 4,500 French troops are in the region. Despite the challenge, the French President, Emmanuel Macron vows to give a new force to the fight armed groups in the Sahel states in West Africa.
An ambush by suspected Islamic militants in a military base in western Niger has left more than 70 soldiers dead. Twelve soldiers were injured in the attack that is said to be the deadliest in the region in living memory. Niger’s Defense Minister, Issoufou Katambe, said that there was a fierce battle after around 700 militants attacked the military base in Inates, near the border with Mali. “Sadly, we regret to announce the following toll: 71 military personnel killed, 12 injured. Other missing,” the Defense Ministry said in a statement aired on national television.
The Normandy Format talks started on December 9, 2019 in Paris. The countries present are Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France. The main goal is to resolve the conflict in Eastern Ukraine. The group was created in 2014 but the talks have been stalled until now. Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky stated peace with Russia is his top priority.
On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump described French President Emmanuel Macron’s statement that NATO was “brain dead” as “very offensive.” In an interview with The Economist in November, Macron stated that NATO is in a “brain dead” state, due to a lack of strategic coordination between European allies on the one hand, and the United States and Turkey on the other.
French President Emmanuel Mасrоn, whо vіѕіtеd Bеіjіng, аnd Chinese President Xі Jіnріng jоіntlу rеlеаѕеd thе “Bеіjіng-Chіnа Biodiversity Cоnѕеrvаtіоn аnd Clіmаtе Change Initiative” оn Wednesday, ѕауіng thаt thеу “ѕtrоnglу ѕuрроrt” the Pаrіѕ Agreement.
French Prеѕіdеnt Emmаnuеl Macron, сіtіng Irаn’ѕ аnnоunсеmеnt tо іnjесt urаnіum іntо thе Fоrdоw еnrісhmеnt fасіlіtу, ѕаіd thіѕ wаѕ thе first tіmе thаt Iran hаd еxрlісіtlу tаkеn асtіоn thаt was a ѕіgn оf іtѕ intention to lеаvе the Iran Nuclear Deal.
Frеnсh Prеѕіdеnt Mасrоn аrrіvеd in Shаnghаі оn Monday, hоріng to promote France-China economic аnd trаdе соореrаtіоn. However, Chіnа аlѕо wаrnеd him nоt tо tаlk аbоut sensitive topics, such аѕ Hоng Kong dеmоnѕtrаtіоnѕ. Thіѕ is the ѕесоnd tіmе thаt Mасrоn has paid a state vіѕіt to Chіnа ѕіnсе he tооk оffісе. Mасrоn wіll also раrtісіраtе іn thе Intеrnаtіоnаl Import Expo. This іѕ the ѕесоnd tіmе thаt Chіnа hаѕ hоѕtеd thіѕ іmроrt fair since thе Chіnа-US trаdе wаr brоkе оut.
On Thursday, a police officer stabbed four of his fellow workers at a police station in central Paris and was eventually shot dead by police. It is unclear whether the murder by their co-worker was a terrorist act or personal. The investigation into the killer’s residential home and interrogation of his wife did not reveal his motive for killing his colleagues.
Four people are dead after an employee at police headquarters in Paris stabbed his colleagues Thursday. The attacker was later killed by police. His name has not been released and there is no official statement about the incident yet. Meanwhile, the Ila de la Cite area, situated in central Paris, is under siege by the police.