Valérie Pécresse: ‘The Bulldozer’ conservative who vows to restore French pride

Issued on: 16/01/2022 – 11:59 On more than one occasion, Valérie Pécresse, the presidential candidate for the conservative Les Républicains (LR) party, has confidently declared she will become “France’s first female president”. While she personally describes herself as “one-third Thatcher and two-thirds Merkel”, her entourage likens her to a “bulldozer” or a “a dog with a bone” who is about to … Read more

In Mali, ‘France is paying the price for its own ambiguity,’ expert says

France has increased pressure on Mali’s military junta since the West African regional group ECOWAS enforced tough sanctions on the country over the weekend. With the Malian junta calling for protests on Friday against the sanctions and international pressure, particularly from Paris, the stage is set for increased tension between the two countries. FRANCE 24 discussed the implications with … Read more

Macron says he wants to ‘piss off’ France’s unvaccinated

Issued on: 05/01/2022 – 03:31 French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday he wanted to “piss off” the non-vaccinated, in a slangy, cutting remark that prompted howls of condemnation from opposition rivals less than 4 months before the next presidential election. “The unvaccinated, I really want to piss them off. And so, we’re going to … Read more

France reduces isolation for COVID-positive to 7 days from 10 days

Issued on: 02/01/2022 – 07:12 French Health Minister Olivier Veran said on Sunday the isolation period for fully vaccinated people who test positive for COVID-19 would be cut to seven days from 10 days. French authorities followed other countries such as the United States, which this week cut the isolation period to prevent disruptions in … Read more

France records more than 200,000 new Covid cases for fourth day running

Issued on: 01/01/2022 – 19:33 France reported 219,126 new confirmed coronavirus cases in a 24-hour period on Saturday, the fourth day in a row that the country has recorded more than 200,000 cases. Saturday’s figure is the second-highest to date after the 232,200 record set on Friday, when French President Emmanuel Macron said that the next few weeks would … Read more

Daily Covid-19 infections in France cross 100,000 barrier

Issued on: 25/12/2021 – 21:05 Covid infections in France hit six figures Saturday, health officials recording 104,611 cases over the previous 24 hours, the third consecutive day the numbers have been record highs. The latest figures, from France’s public health agency, come ahead of a video-conference meeting Monday in which President Emmanuel Macron and key … Read more

The Debate – The World in 2022: France’s presidential race, Bolsonaro v Lula, China to crown Xi, World Cup in Qatar

He won as an outsider, but can French President Emmanuel Macron win a second term? François Picard’s panel weighs the odds ahead of April elections. Also, Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro cries foul ahead of a presidential poll scheduled for October, China’s Communist Party prepares to remove de facto term limits for Xi Jinping, why hosting the FIFA … Read more

Macron cancels visit to Mali after new Covid-19 measures announced

Issued on: 17/12/2021 – 21:26 French President Emmanuel Macron Friday cancelled a trip to Mali to meet transitional leader Colonel Assimi Goita after France announced new measures to battle the pandemic. Macron was to meet Goita on Monday, for the first time since the Malian colonel was sworn into office in June after leading the country’s second … Read more

Recovery, power, belonging: Macron details ambitious plan for France’s EU presidency

Issued on: 09/12/2021 – 15:44 French President Emmanuel Macron called for a strong, sovereign, and united Europe on Thursday, ahead of France’s six-month rotating EU presidency, which starts on January 1, 2022.  Macron encapsulated his priorities for France’s presidency of the EU with the motto: “Recovery, power, belonging”.  France’s aim was “to move towards a … Read more