Category Archives: Emmanuel Macron

Emmanuel Macron unveils plans to crack down on immigration

Activists say proposals to speed up requests threaten rights of asylum seekers in France

Tough proposals to crack down on immigration and asylum in France have been unveiled by Emmanuel Macron’s government amid complaints from human rights groups and street protests by some public agents in charge of asylum procedures.

The legislation is aimed at speeding up the process for asylum requests and for expelling migrants who aren unable to claim asylum. It would also double to 90 days the time a person without papers can be kept in a holding centre.

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Confusion surrounds Macron’s compulsory military service

French president insists all young people will serve after minister suggested scheme might be voluntary

The French government is grappling with how to honour Emmanuel Macron’s controversial election promise to reintroduce compulsory military service for young people.

France’s president said this week that his new “universal national service” would include an obligatory period of between three and six months for all young people, who would take part either in the military or in a form of civic service.

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May squandered the first year of Trump – and Macron’s played a blinder | Mary Dejevsky

The snatched Davos assignation is the latest in a series of missteps that have made the relationship special in all the wrong ways

Theresa May’s assignation with Donald Trump – in which he declared the countries were “joined at the hip” – looks at best like a snatched opportunity, at worst like an afterthought. But it is just the latest in a series of diplomatic missteps made by the UK in its dealings with the present US administration that have left the relationship looking special in all the wrong ways.

One can only imagine the response in the Foreign Office and No 10 after the announcement this week that the first foreign leader to be honoured by a state visit to the Trump White House would be Emmanuel Macron. So near, yet so very far.

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Google CEO: we're happy to pay more tax

Sundar Pichai tells Davos flawed tax system is to blame for EU countries missing out on revenue

The chief executive of Google has declared he is happy for his company to pay more tax, and called for the existing system to be reformed.

Sundar Pichai told an audience at the World Economic Forum in Davos that the tax system needed to be reformed to address concerns that some companies were not paying their fair share.

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UK's 'yes or no' Brexit vote was mistake, says Emmanuel Macron

French president says UK took risk in way it let voters decide ‘very complicated subject’

The French people would probably vote to leave the EU if presented with a similar choice to the Brexit referendum, Emmanuel Macron has said, arguing that the UK had taken a big risk by asking “yes or no on a very complicated subject”.

In an interview on BBC One’s The Andrew Marr Show, the French president also criticised Donald Trump for calling developing countries “shitholes” and warned Theresa May her government could not cherry-pick benefits of EU membership.

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Macron says a bespoke trade deal between the UK and EU is possible

French president says UK would have to accept ‘preconditions’ to access a special solution

Emmanuel Macron has said it would be possible for Britain to secure a bespoke trade deal but only if the UK accepts certain “preconditions”.

The French president said that while a special solution could be secured, full access to the single market without accepting its rules was “not feasible”.

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Can I cook like … Emmanuel Macron

The French president is fond of cordon bleu and a whole lot of fruit

There’s an old American saying that before you judge someone, walk a mile in their shoes. This gave rise to a joke almost as old, which is that once you’ve done that, you can do what you like, because they’re a mile away and you’ve got their shoes. In any case, it’s not true. If you really want to understand someone, you eat what they eat.

Centrist hottie and French president Emmanuel Macron is one of the new breed of youngish politicians who are very pretty, only with the distinct vibe of the Love Interest Who Turns Out To Be Evil in a romcom. His favourite food is cordon bleu: not the culinary training centres in which the world’s best chefs are made, but a dish of meat or poultry, or both, wrapped around cheese, then breaded and deep-fried. The dish and the cookery school have the same namesake: the blue sash worn by the highest order of knights in the old French monarchy, intended to connote excellence.

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Italy election: governing party to follow Macron's pro-EU playbook

PD minister Sandro Gozi says party will seek to repeat success of French president in putting Europe at centre of campaign

The pro-European, anti-populist campaign of Emmanuel Macron will be the inspiration for Italy’s governing centre-left PD party’s pitch to voters in the upcoming general election, Sandro Gozi, Italy’s minister for Europe, has said.

Gozi, a friend of Macron and close ally of the PD leader, Matteo Renzi, told the Guardian at the campaign launch in Milan on Friday: “The election is an Italian choice, but Europe will be issue number one in this general election, and its result affects everyone in Europe”.

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Davos speakers: from Donald Trump to Malala Yousafzai

The World Economic Forum is fabled for its notable speakers. Here are 10 of this year’s

The annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos is attended by thousands of high-powered delegates from the worlds of politics, business and even entertainment. Here are 10 of the most high-profile figures appearing at the Swiss resort next month.

Davos is a Swiss ski resort now more famous for hosting the annual four-day conference for the World Economic Forum. For participants it is a festival of networking. Getting an invitation is a sign you have made it – and the elaborate system of badges reveals your place in the Davos hierarchy.

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Boris Johnson proposes 22-mile bridge across the Channel

Foreign secretary discusses idea with French president Emmanuel Macron as a way to enhance transport links after Brexit

Boris Johnson has floated the idea of a 22-mile bridge across the Channel to enhance transport links with France after Brexit.

The foreign secretary discussed the issue with Emmanuel Macron, the French president, at the Anglo-French summit, saying it was “ridiculous” that two of the world’s biggest economies are linked by a single railway line.

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