France

Will Macron’s Presidency Affect Trade with the Middle East?

By Marcus Turner Jones Emmanual Macron sealed a decisive victory in the final round of the French presidential elections, seeing off opposition from far right candidate Marine Le Pen to become the youngest president of France in history, at age 39. Macron is a former investment banker who is pro-EU and pro-global. He has promised

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Macron’s Win: Sarcasm and Comedy Abound Among Arab Social Media Users

By Leila Hatoum “I am happy that I did not wake up to the news of fear triumphing in France… Good morning optimism #MacronWon #LePenLost,” wrote the famed pan-Arab Lebanese presenter Zeina Soufan on her twitter page the day after the French elections were concluded. سعيدة بأنني لم استيقظ على نبأ انتصار الخوف في فرنسا..صباح الخير

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France Postpones Middle East Peace Conference to January

PARIS, Dec 17 – France has postponed a proposed Middle East peace conference in Paris to January next year, its ambassador to the United Nations said, acknowledging that the conditions to bring Israelis and Palestinians face-to-face were currently not there. France has repeatedly tried to breathe new life into the peace process this year, holding

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France Pushes U.N. Security Council Action on Aleppo

By Michelle Nichols and John Irish UNITED NATIONS/PARIS, Dec 16 – France said on Friday it is pushing for the United Nations Security Council to ensure the evacuation of Aleppo is coordinated by international observers, that humanitarian aid is allowed in to the Syrian city and that hospitals are protected. French U.N. Ambassador Francois Delattre

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French Prosecutor Calls for IMF’s Lagarde to be Acquitted

By Chine Labbé PARIS, Dec 15 – The chief prosecutor in the negligence trial of IMF chief Christine Lagarde in Paris called for her acquittal on Thursday saying the hearing had failed to support the “very weak” accusation against her. Lagarde, 60, faces charges, which she denies, of being negligent when, as French finance minister,

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Eiffel Tower to go Dark in Solidarity With People of Aleppo

PARIS, Dec 14 – Paris will turn off the famed lights of the Eiffel Tower on Wednesday as a gesture of solidarity with the citizens of the Syrian city of Aleppo, hit by a humanitarian crisis as residents flee heavy fighting. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said the Eiffel Tower, typically illuminated by thousands of sparkling

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Russia Guilty of “Constant Lies” Over Aleppo, France says

BRUSSELS, Dec 12  – The Russian government has been constantly lying about its willingness to negotiate a ceasefire in Aleppo, France’s foreign minister said on Monday, accusing Moscow of intentionally deceiving its partners. “There is Russian doublespeak … a form of constant lies. On the one hand they say let’s negotiate, and we negotiate to

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France, UAE Launch Fund to Protect Monuments in Conflict Areas

DOHA, Dec 3 – France and the United Arab Emirates on Saturday launched a $100 million fund to protect heritage sites threatened by extremism and conflict after the destruction last month of an ancient palace by Daesh militants in Iraq. The fund, announced at an Abu Dhabi conference attended by President Francois Hollande and Abu

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France Calls for UN Security Council Meeting on Aleppo

By John Irish PARIS, Nov 29 – French foreign affairs minister Jean-Marc Ayrault called on Tuesday for an immediate United Nations Security Council meeting to discuss the situation in the Syrian city of Aleppo, which has been devastated by fighting. “More than ever before, we need to urgently put in place means to end the

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