In Versailles, Macron vows to reform to avoid king's fate

VERSAILLES, France (Reuters) – President Emmanuel Macron told dozens of the world’s most powerful executives on Monday that he would not follow the path of guillotined French royals and would continue to reform the French economy despite a sometimes violent popular revolt. For the second year running, Macron hosted corporate A-listers like Microsoft Chief Executive Satya Nadella, Snapchat’s Evan Spiegel […]

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Clashes break out in France as 'yellow vests' stage latest protest

PARIS (Reuters) – Clashes broke out throughout France on Saturday, as an estimated 84,000 “yellow vests” demonstrators took to the streets in a 10th consecutive weekend of protests against President Emmanuel Macron’s government. The demonstrations passed off relatively peacefully in Paris where 7,000 turned up, although Reuters Television reporters saw scuffles briefly break out between police and demonstrators, some wearing […]

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China, France sign huge trade deals

It appears that Macron wants a piece of the pie from the world’s largest population, especially in food, nuclear power and aerospace. French President Emmanuel Macron says it is time to bring his country’s ties with China into “the 21st century”. The two leaders signed several trade deals in Beijing. It appears that Macron wants a piece of the pie […]

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Launching national debate, Macron makes another faux pas about the poor

GRAND-BOURGTHEROULDE, France (Reuters) – France’s Emmanuel Macron began a national debate on Tuesday meant to calm protests against high living costs, but he may have started on the wrong foot by suggesting some poor people were “screwing” with the system. The president paid a surprise visit to a village in Normandy on his way to what was the first of […]

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Renewed yellow vest protests hit with police water cannon, tear gas in Paris

PARIS (Reuters) – Paris police fired water cannon and tear gas to repel “yellow vest” demonstrators from around the Arc de Triomphe monument on Saturday in the ninth straight weekend of protests against French President Emmanuel Macron’s economic reforms. Thousands of protesters also marched noisily but peacefully through the Grands Boulevards shopping area in northern Paris close to where a […]

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Lily Collins ensured 1815 France couldn’t have been more English

Lily Collins, Eton’s Dominic West, and Sir Derek Jacobi ensured 1815 France couldn’t have been more English. Poirot’s goatee was more authentic than Les Miserables, by Jim Shelley Les Miserables was not really that miserable – or French. Apart from that though, the title was bang on… It actually ended on a stirring note of hope so ‘Damascene’ it bordered […]

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Jake Gyllenhaal and Jeanne Cadieu Enjoy a Stroll in Paris

BACKGRID It looks like Jake Gyllenhaal has a special lady on his arm. The Oscar-nominated actor was spotted by photographers out on a stroll in Paris on Wednesday. However, the star was not alone as he ambled around the city of light. He was joined by his reported French girlfriend, model Jeanne Cadieu.  According to an eyewitness, the pair looked happy […]

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French PM calls for 'national unity' after Paris violence

Official estimates say 125,000 protesters took to streets across France on Saturday, with 10,000 in Paris alone. A huge cleanup operation has been launched in Paris after France’s “yellow vest” protesters took to the streets for the fourth week running. Demonstrators clashed with riot police in the French capital on Saturday, setting fire to cars, burning barricades and smashing windows […]

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Hundreds arrested in Paris as 'yellow vest' protests turn violent

At least 287 people arrested and 110 injured, including 17 policemen, in the worst riots in Paris in more than a decade. French President Emmanuel Macron has denounced protesters in Paris as chaos-seekers, after they torched cars, smashed windows, looted shops and tagged the Arc de Triomphe with multi-coloured graffiti. “I will never accept violence,” Macron said at a press […]

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