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January 10, 2018 7:41 PM French Ex-Presidents Tell Saudis of Concern About Billionaire’s Arrest

Hollande, Sarkozy express business worries to crown prince over detention of Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal Two former French presidents have expressed concern to Saudi Arabia’s crown prince that the arrest and detention of billionaire Prince al-Waleed bin Talal has raised worries among foreign investors, according to French and Saudi government advisers 49

December 2, 2017 3:01 PM Obama ends international trip with meetings, speech in Paris

Former U.S. President Barack Obama is ending a five-day international trip in Paris, where he is lunching with French President Emmanuel Macron and scheduled to give a speech to business leaders. Obama arrived at the presidential Elysee Palace at midday on Saturday. The area was placed under high security. The French presidency said the private lunch 125

August 25, 2017 7:11 PM 'Makeupgate' stalks France's Macron a year after fuss over Hollande's haircut

PARIS (Reuters) - Social media commentators and political opponents of Emmanuel Macron tore into the French president on Friday after it emerged that he spent 26,000 euros ($30,901) on makeup during his first 100 days in office. Macron won a landslide second-round election victory in May over far-right leader Marine Le Pen but his early popularity has proven 76

July 13, 2017 5:02 AM Macron is the president Trump wishes he could be

Want smart analysis of the most important news in your inbox every weekday along with other global reads, interesting ideas and opinions to know? Sign up for the Today's WorldView newsletter. President Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron don't quite seem fated to be friends. In the space of just a couple of months, the two have sparred over a range 84

July 10, 2017 11:42 AM German official to hold talks with Turkey on climate issue

BERLIN – The German government says an official will hold talks with Turkey next month on an issue delaying Ankara's ratification of the Paris accord against climate change. At the Group of 20 summit, Turkey was among 19 powers reaffirming their commitment to the Paris agreement. However, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan later said Ankara wouldn't ratify 54

May 15, 2017 2:00 PM French president appoints former foe Édouard Philippe as prime minister

PARIS — France’s newly elected president appointed a former political foe, Édouard Philippe, as prime minister on Monday in an apparent attempt to build a broader base for the untested political movement that brought Emmanuel Macron to power. The selection of Philippe — the mayor of the northern port Le Havre — was viewed as a careful political calculation 76

May 14, 2017 4:54 PM Emmanuel Macron sworn in as president of a divided France

PARIS — First-time politician Emmanuel Macron was inaugurated Sunday as France’s president, facing the difficult task of transforming electoral success into political strength in a society beset by unemployment and divided by anger. The solemn ceremony in the gilded halls of the Elysee Palace capped Macron’s rise from political obscurity just a year ago, when he was the economy 76

May 14, 2017 11:37 AM The Latest: Macron pays tribute at tomb of unknown soldier

France’s freshly inaugurated President Emmanuel Macron is paying tribute at the tomb of the unknown soldier beneath the Napoleonic triumphal arch in a highly symbolic ceremony. After Macron was formally declared president Sunday in the Elysee Palace, 21 cannon shots were fired from across the Seine River at the Invalides monument, where Napoleon is entombed 76

May 14, 2017 7:28 AM France’s unpopular Hollande leaves power after 5 hard years

PARIS — As president, Francois Hollande steered France through deadly extremist attacks, poured troops into battle abroad and anchored the boldest-ever world agreement to fight global warming. But as he hands power Sunday to his former protege Emmanuel Macron, he may be most remembered for his failure to create jobs and his crushing unpopularity 78

May 12, 2017 8:49 AM France's Macron woos conservative moderates as row simmers with ally

PARIS Centrist French President elect Emmanuel Macron sought to woo conservative members of parliament to his cause on Friday and head off a row with an ally as he bids for victory in elections for parliament next month. Macron, until last year economy minister in the outgoing Socialist administration, blew apart the traditional political boundaries 65