Emmanuel Macron

‘Ashamed’: Lebanese Despair at Leaders After Macron’s Rebuke

BEIRUT—Lebanese are in despair at their sectarian leaders who have left the nation without a government during the worst crisis since the 1975-1990 civil war that has already driven many into poverty. Emmanuel Macron, president of Lebanon’s former colonial power France who has led international…

Macron Meets Exiled Belarus Opposition Leader in Vilnius

VILNIUS—French President Emmanuel Macron met Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya in Vilnius on Tuesday on the second day of a visit to Baltic countries meant to reassure them about French commitment to their security. Tsikhanouskaya said Macron promised her to help negotiate with the Belarus…

Lebanon risks becoming the next Gaza

BEIRUT — Squeezed geographically between a closed border with Israel and a sanctioned Syria, dominated by a proxy of Iran, and watching the last of its foreign reserves being ferried out of a collapsed financial system, Lebanon risks becoming the next Gaza. . France, the…

Lebanon on a precipice between war and peace

BEIRUT — Squeezed between Israel and Iran, faced with rising emigration of its fractured Christian community, and wracked by a widening wealth gap between a corrupt elite and increasingly desperate poor, Lebanon is being ripped apart. Whether those stresses break into a new era of…

France’s air force makes a starry name change

A new name, a new raison d’être. The French Air Force is aiming high, very high. On Sept. 11, it became the French Air and Space Force, completing a process initiated by President Emmanuel Macron in July 2019 when he announced the creation of a…

Sorry Donald, survey says Vlad is more trustworthy

One world leader, tends to tell a lot of lies — so much so, that US media outlets are now awarding him “Pinocchio” ratings for each speech he makes. The other world leader has a bad habit of serving a nasty cup of tea to…

Lebanon’s ‘anagram’ problem

For a country that the much-loved singer Fairuz once called “the land of festivals,” it was hardly a fitting way to celebrate turning 100. A last-minute scrabble for a prime minister to lead technocratic reform, nine months after scrabbling for the last one. A celebration…

France Won’t Ban Huawei but Favors European 5G Systems

PARIS (AP)—French President Emmanuel Macron says France is not excluding Chinese telecom giant Huawei from its upcoming 5G telecommunication networks but favors European providers for security reasons. The French leader spoke after meeting with visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Paris on Friday. Macron…

France’s Macron Expressed Concerns about Human Rights to China’s Wang Yi

PARIS—French President Emmanuel Macron expressed strong concerns about the situation in Hong Kong and human rights for China’s Muslim Uighur minority during a meeting on Friday with the Chinese government’s top diplomat, State Councillor Wang Yi, his office said. Following months of protests, a new…

Macron’s ‘savior complex’ not helping former colonies

As always, tone is everything. “France will never let Lebanon go,” said French President Emmanuel Macron as he toured a devastated Beirut this month, after the massive blast at the city’s port. Those he was speaking to – a distraught crowd traumatized by an astonishing…

The Golden Era That Wasn’t

“If a man were called to fix the period in the history of the world during which the condition of the human race was most happy and prosperous, he would, without hesitation, name that which elapsed from the death of Domitian to the accession of…

Turkey plows ahead in Mediterranean expansion

Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan doubled down on a Mediterranean drilling showdown with Greece over the weekend, signaling he would not be deterred by attempted French policing of the conflict. “We will never bow to banditry on our continental shelf, nor will we pull back…

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