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July 17, 2017

Macron helps France become world leader in soft power, survey finds

President’s election has helped French unseat US and Britain at top of index measuring nations’ global influence

France has overtaken the US and Britain as the world’s top soft power, according to an annual survey examining how much non-military global influence an individual country wields.

Britain headed the list two years ago, but was edged off top spot by the US last year. However, the election of Donald Trump, the Brexit vote and the election of Emmanuel Macron appear to have shifted global perceptions.

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July 3, 2017

Emmanuel Macron vows to transform France in Versailles speech

French president accused of ‘monarchical’ drift after addressing both houses of parliament at former seat of French kings

The French president Emmanuel Macron has promised a “profound transformation” of France and Europe, calling for an end to defeatism and “cynicism” in a rare address to both houses of parliament in the gilded palace of Versailles.

In a ninety-minute speech intended to echo the style of the US state of the union address, Macron reiterated his key campaign proposals to

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June 16, 2017

French bullfighter locks horns with far right in legislative vote

Once a staple of celebrity magazines, Marie Sara hopes to unseat the Front National’s Gilbert Collard in the second round

Édouard Philippe, the French prime minister, was in a bakery tasting pastry with a well known female bullfighter as a crowd of onlookers pressed their faces up against the window. “Delicious,” said Philippe. The shopkeeper set about wrapping up a large local cake for the PM, who put his hand in his pocket for cash and went to the till. “I don’t bloody believe this, a politician actually paying for [...]

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June 13, 2017

Emmanuel Macron says door to remain in EU is open to Britain

Theresa May says Brexit talks to start next week as French president suggests time is of the essence if decision is to be reversed

The French president, Emmanuel Macron, has claimed the door to the EU will remain open to Britain during Brexit negotiations that get underway next week.

In remarks that will be taken as an encouraging sign by opponents of a hard Brexit that there may be room for compromise, the newly elected French leader said the decision to leave the EU could still be reversed if the UK wished to do so.

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