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.Continue [...]
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.
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 [...]
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.Continue reading...