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Student sets himself on fire in France over struggle of living on 388 a month   -30%

Man blames Emmanuel Macron, Marine Le Pen and other French leaders for violent act

China and France sign deals worth $15 bln during Macrons visit  

China and France signed contracts totaling $15 billion during a visit by President Emmanuel Macron, a Chinese government official told a news briefing on Wednesday. Deals were struck in the fields of

Germany's Merkel, Maas defend NATO after Macron's rebuke   -10%

After French President Emmanuel Macron declared NATO "brain dead," Germany's top diplomat Heiko Maas and Chancellor Angela Merkel praised the US-led alliance. "It would be a mistake to undermine NATO," Maas said.

Germany sends NATO warning to France following Macron's intervention   -6%

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has warned against undermining NATO – Berlin's strongest response yet to Emmanuel Macron's criticism of the alliance.

Frances Emmanuel Macron laments Natos brain death as Donald Trumps US turns its back on us   -2%

French President Emmanuel Macron claimed that a lack of US leadership is causing the “brain death” of the Nato military alliance, insisting in an interview published on Thursday that the European Union must step up and start acting as a strategic world power.Macron’s public criticism of the state of the world’s biggest military alliance was rejected by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, setting the scene for a possible showdown in London next month when…

Emmanuel Macron ends China visit with slew of trade deals and green pact   -5%

French president Emmanuel Macron scored points for France, Europe and the global environment at the end of his state visit to China, while having a dig at Donald Trump and stealing the thunder of the European commissioner he brought with him.French foie gras, Franco-Italian small aircraft, French utility company Engie and European luxury foods were among those he advocated for, in addition to the world’s climate and biodiversity, in a series of contracts and agreements signed on Wednesday in…

French climate activists keep stealing portraits of President Emmanuel Macron, but how should they be punished?   17%

Is stealing a presidential portrait a crime worthy of a prison sentence? Or a laudable act of civil disobedience?Courts around France are grappling with this question in response to an unusual new environmental movement that’s aiming to push French President Emmanuel Macron to do more to fight climate change.One by one, environmental activists around France have removed Macron’s official portraits from more than 130 town halls this year, from the foothills of the Alps to the Left Bank of Paris…

Xi holds talks with Macron, pledging for enhanced China-France ties   26%

Chinese President Xi Jinping holds a welcome ceremony for French President Emmanuel Macron before their talks in Beijing, capital of China, Nov. 6, 2019. (Xinhua/Yan Yan)

BEIJING, Nov. 6 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping Wednesday held talks with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

"We have made mutual visits to our respective countries on the 55th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations and lifted China-France ties to a higher level," Xi said.

Xi noted that the speeches, delivered respectively by him and Macron at the opening ceremony of the second China International Import Expo on Tuesday in Shanghai, sent a strong message to the world in firmly safeguarding multilateralism and free trade, as well as building an open world economy.

"Our frank, in-depth and fruitful discussions on many topics of common concern have deepened mutual understanding and trust," Xi said.

China and France, as two permanent members of the UN Security Council and representatives of Eastern and Western civilizations, should strengthen strategic communication, shoulder more responsibilities and exercise their roles as major countries, as the world is undergoing changes rarely seen in a century, Xi said.

He pledged to work jointly with Macron to further advance the China-France comprehensive strategic partnership, looking out on the world, the future and the people, and keep the partnership at the forefront of major-country relations.

China-France ties have shown a strong momentum of development, Xi said, adding that the consensus reached by him and Macron had been actively implemented since his successful state visit to France in March.

Citing some successful projects including the No.1 and No. 2 power units of Taishan nuclear power plant, which have provided a successful model for the construction of third-generation nuclear power plants around the globe, Xi said the two countries have published the list of the second batch of industrial cooperation projects.

The Chinese government has just successfully issued 4 billion euro-denominated sovereign bonds in Paris. The two countries have also completed negotiations on an agreement of geographical indications between China and Europe.

Xi expressed his hope that more tangible cooperation results will be achieved.

Stressing the importance of maintaining and enhancing political mutual trust, Xi called on both sides to put their words of respecting each other's sovereignty, territorial integrity, core interests and major concerns into actions.

The two countries should facilitate exchanges between their legislative bodies, political parties and armed forces, and support the central and local departments in strengthening exchanges, Xi said, calling for strengthened cooperation on cybersecurity and counter-terrorism.

The Chinese president called for further cooperation on large-scale projects, saying that China is ready to deepen the entire industrial chain cooperation with France in the nuclear energy field, encourage China's enterprises to explore new cooperation with France not only within the two countries, but also in third-party markets, and strengthen joint research and development on nuclear base and high-tech technologies.

Xi said he hoped the new cooperation in aviation, aerospace and other fields could be well implemented.

"We should expand the opening up of the two-way markets. China is willing to expand two-way trade and investment with France, improve trade and investment liberalization, and jointly uphold market rules and the principle of fair competition," Xi said.

He said he hoped that France will put into action its words of not adopting discriminatory policies against China.

"China is willing to import more high-quality and safe French agri-food products and carry out all-round agricultural cooperation in accordance with market demand," Xi said, noting that more efforts should be made to strengthen exchanges and cooperation in the intellectual property rights field and support the early conclusion of an ambitious and balanced China-European Union (EU) investment agreement.

Regarding the alignment of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) with the EU's Euro-Asian connectivity strategy, Xi called for speedy implementation of the agreed demonstration projects, and the promotion of more enterprises to participate in the third-party market, and the green development of the Belt and Road.

Xi said China and France should intensify cooperation on innovation and achieve sustainable development. Efforts should be made to deepen science and technology cooperation, strengthen cooperation in fields including environmental protection and biodiversity conservation, and expand pragmatic cooperation in new energy vehicles, Internet-connected cars and artificial intelligence.

"More French enterprises are welcome to take part in the construction of Wuhan Ecological Demonstration City," Xi said.

As for promoting exchanges and mutual learning among civilizations, Xi wished the 2021 China-France Year of Culture and Tourism a success, noting that the two sides should strengthen cooperation in museum and cultural heritage protection.

Xi said China is ready to strengthen cooperation with France in multilateral mechanisms such as the United Nations (UN) and the Group of 20.

The two countries should jointly safeguard the international system with the UN at the core, the international order based on international law, as well as the multilateral trading regime with World Trade Organization (WTO) rules as the cornerstone, Xi said.

They should push forward reform of the WTO toward the right direction through consultation, and give special consideration to developing countries' rights and interests, Xi said.

"We will adhere to the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities, encourage more countries to cooperate in combating climate change with full and thorough implementation of the Paris Agreement," the Chinese president said.

Macron said he is glad to visit China again on the 55th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations.

"My frequent exchanges with Xi have deepened friendship and political mutual trust between France and China and boosted pragmatic cooperation," Macron said, voicing his agreement with Xi on views concerning bilateral cooperation.

France and China take the same position on many major international issues, and the two countries, as two major powers, shoulder particularly significant responsibilities under the current international situation, he said.

Referring to France's strengthened dialogue and cooperation with China as "playing an important exemplary role," Macron said France is willing to properly settle the differences between the two sides based on mutual respect.

French companies are eagerly looking forward to taking the opportunity of China's expanded opening-up, further entering into the Chinese market, expanding exports of agricultural products to China, and strengthening cooperation in areas such as aviation, aerospace, and civilian nuclear energy, as well as sci-tech innovation and finance, he said.

China's issuance of euro-denominated sovereign bonds in Paris is of great significance to France, Macron said, pledging to keep the French market open to Chinese companies.

He said France is ready to advance the alignment of the BRI with the EU's Euro-Asian connectivity strategy and jointly promote the green development of the Belt and Road.

Macron called on the two sides to expand people-to-people exchanges, promote mutual learning between civilizations, jointly safeguard multilateralism, strengthen strategic communication and coordination on anti-terrorism and Iran nuclear issues, and advance the progress of the WTO reforms.

Speaking of the Beijing Call for Biodiversity Conservation and Climate Change, which was released after the talks between the two heads of state, Macron said that France and China can play a leading role in these important issues.

It is of critical significance for the European Union to intensify cooperation with China in today's uncertain world, and France is willing to advance EU-China ties and speed up the negotiation of the EU-China investment agreement.

After the talks, the two heads of state witnessed the signing of cooperation agreements in areas including aerospace and aviation, nuclear energy, emergency management, cultural heritage, agriculture, industry, natural conservation, finance and third-party cooperation.

They also met with the press together and witnessed the signing of a joint statement on concluding the negotiations of geographical indications between China and the EU.

An action plan on China-France ties was also released after their talks.

Xi and Macron also attended the closing ceremony of an economic summit between China and France.

China upholds opening-up and the opening strategy of mutual benefit and win-win results, and will continue to improve internal and external linkage of development to benefit more countries and peoples while realizing its own development, Xi said in his speech.

Xi said China is ready to work with France and Europe to resolutely uphold the multilateral trading system and oppose protectionism and unilateralism, build a free and open trade and investment policy environment and inject impetus to facilitate world economic growth.

Xi called on China and France to positively align with universally accepted international rules and standards, work to achieve high-standard and sustainable goals that benefit people's livelihood and jointly build the Belt and Road with high-quality.

China and France should shoulder the responsibility to address the global governance deficit, safeguard multilateralism, jointly tackle global challenges and build a community of a shared future for humanity, Xi said.

Macron called on France and Europe to open their markets to China, welcome investment from Chinese enterprises, and provide them with a business environment featuring fair competition.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan pose for photos with French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron ahead of talks between the two leaders in Beijing, capital of China, Nov. 6, 2019. (Xinhua/Li Xueren)

Chinese President Xi Jinping holds a welcome ceremony for French President Emmanuel Macron before their talks in Beijing, capital of China, Nov. 6, 2019. (Xinhua/Li Xueren)

Chinese President Xi Jinping holds talks with French President Emmanuel Macron at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, Nov. 6, 2019. (Xinhua/Ding Haitao)

Once NATO recovers, well be there: Russian FM Lavrov jokes about Macrons brain-dead NATO diagnosis   21%

French President Emmanuel Macron was the perfect man to diagnose NATO as being ‘brain-dead’, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov quipped, saying Moscow is ready for the bloc’s recovery from all ailments.
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Macron hit the mark by calling NATO brain-dead Zakharova   -10%

French President Emmanuel Macron hit the nail on the head when he diagnosed NATO as “brain dead,” Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson has said.
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Merkel & Stoltenberg slam Macrons brain-dead NATO comment, insist rumors of blocs death greatly exaggerated   2%

NATO is alive and well and integral to Europe’s security, German chancellor Angela Merkel and NATO Secretary Jens Stoltenberg have insisted, hitting back at French President Emmanuel Macron’s claim the alliance is “brain-dead.”
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NATOs free-rider problem: Macron wants independent Europe, but its not something he can change JUST LIKE THAT   -3%

By calling NATO brain-dead and criticizing the US’ role in the alliance, Emmanuel Macron has shown a desire for European military independence but the political reality works against his will, analyst John Laughland told RT.
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We are experiencing brain death of NATO, Macron warns Europe  

French president Emmanuel Macron has told The Economist that the alliance is experiencing its brain death, while warning European countries that they can no longer rely on America to defend its allies.
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Sombre Remembrance Day services held across Europe  

French President Emmanuel Macron marked Remembrance Day on Monday by relighting the flame at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier under the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

Macron inaugurates monument in honour of French soldiers killed overseas   -4%

French President Emmanuel Macron inaugurated on Monday a monument in memory of hundreds of French soldiers who have died in foreign operations since the end of the Algerian war in 1963.

France, China back irreversible Paris climate pact, sign deals worth $15bn   15%

Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Wednesday hailed a visit by French President Emmanuel Macron as giving a boost to multilateralism and free trade, amid ongoing economic tensions with Washington.

France to 'take back control' of immigration, says French PM   12%

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe on Wednesday unveiled the government's new immigration measures, including the first ever quotas for migrant workers, as President Emmanuel Macron's administration seeks to toughen its stance in response to right-wing criticism.

France to set quotas for migrant workers to off-set labour shortages  

France will from next year start setting quotas for migrant workers, its labour minister said Tuesday, as President Emmanuel Macron's government seeks to toughen immigration policies in response to right-wing criticism.

Macron inaugurates branch of the Centre Pompidou art museum in Shanghai   6%

French President Emmanuel Macron inaugurated an outpost of Paris's famed Centre Pompidou modern art museum in Shanghai on Tuesday, the museum's first to open outside Europe following recent branch openings in Malaga and Brussels.

As Macron visits, French businesses look to expand in China   2%

While on a visit to China, French President Emmanuel Macron aims to drum up support for a series of business deals covering agriculture, tourism and health - we take a closer look. Also, the CEO of McDonald's gets shown the door for having an affair with an employee. And talks advance over a major Asian trade deal.