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France's Macron under fire after aide caught beating protester

19 Jul 2018

PARIS French President Emmanuel Macron came under fire on Thursday after his office briefly suspended one of his aides for beating a May Day protester and posing as a police officer, but did not inform law enforcement authorities.

French PM offers debt relief for railway shakeup

25 May 2018

PARIS The French government, seeking to end a rail strike over one of President Emmanuel Macron's flagship reforms, said on Friday it would erase most of the SNCF rail company's debt if plans to make the operator more cost-effective were implemented.

Le Pen wants France's National Front to be renamed 'National Rally'

12 Mar 2018

LILLE, France French far-right leader Marine Le Pen proposed her National Front party be renamed the "National Rally" on Sunday, in a bid to shed a brand associated by many voters with racism and anti-Semitism and facilitate alliances with other parties. | Video

National Front's Jean-Marie Le Pen says party name change is 'suicide'

28 Feb 2018

SAINT-CLOUD, France French far-right leader Marine Le Pen's plan to change the National Front's name amounts to political suicide, its founder, her father Jean-Marie Le Pen told Reuters, warning that his daughter was cutting herself off from the party's roots.

France's Macron hunts for more money to slow climate change

08 Dec 2017

PARIS French President Emmanuel Macron will next week press rich countries to increase climate financing and urge investors worldwide to turn their backs on polluters in a bid to accelerate efforts to combat global warming.

French conservatives' leader-in-waiting out to woo far-right voters

23 Nov 2017

PROVINS, France France's main conservative party needs to go on the political offensive against President Emmanuel Macron by rediscovering a right-wing identity and increasing its appeal to National Front voters, its leader-in-waiting said.

France's Le Pen says victim of 'banking fatwa' over account closures

22 Nov 2017

PARIS/NANTERRE French far-right leader Marine Le Pen accused two banks on Wednesday of launching a "banking fatwa" to silence her National Front party by closing bank accounts of hers and her party's.

France's armed forces chief resigns after clash with Macron over budget cuts

19 Jul 2017

PARIS France's armed forces chief resigned on Wednesday in a dispute with Emmanuel Macron over defence budget cuts, an early test of the newly elected president's mettle and the tough presidential style he is cultivating. | Video

Judge bans 'obscene' Nice attack images from Paris Match website

13 Jul 2017

PARIS A French court on Thursday said Paris Match's publication of graphic pictures of the Bastille day attack in Nice was "obscene" and barred it from putting them on its website but did not heed calls to remove the magazine from news stands.

France to end sale of diesel and gasoline vehicles by 2040

06 Jul 2017

PARIS France aims to end the sale of gasoline and diesel vehicles by 2040 and become carbon neutral 10 years later, Ecology Minister Nicolas Hulot said on Thursday at a presentation of measures to keep up momentum on the Paris climate agreement.

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