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French president talks to Putin, faces media troubles

French president talks to Putin, faces media troubles

The leaders expressed intentions to "work together on pertinent global and regional issues, including the fight against terrorism", the Kremlin said in a statement.

French President Emmanuel Macron has delivered on his promise to achieve gender parity in government by appointing an equal number of men and women to his cabinet.

France's new president has chosen the West African nation of Mali for his first official visit outside Europe. Why?

Representatives from 25 media organisations including AFP, news channels BFM and TF1 and newspapers Le Monde and Le Figaro signed an open letter on Thursday expressing their "concerns" about Macron's communication strategy.

"Emmanuel Macron made the commitment during the campaign to immediately go and see troops engaged in the fight against terrorism", said a senior French diplomat.

"The journalists who were anxious can be reassured: the Elysee does not intend to do the work of newsrooms", said a statement from the presidency addressed to media freedom group Reporters without Borders, which also signed the open letter.

Macron was the candidate who most strongly supported the recently signed European Union-Canada free-trade deal, said Lawrence Cannon, a former federal and Quebec cabinet minister.




GAO, Mali France will be uncompromising in its fight against militant Islamists in Mali and the Sahel region, President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday during his first visit outside Europe's borders.

Paris. France needs "massive and rapid" growth in renewable energy capacity and nuclear power is not the country's only energy solution, new Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on Thursday (18/05). "The importance was emphasized of further Normandy format interaction for settling Ukraine's internal crisis on the basis of the Minsk Accords", the report runs.

Ties between Russian Federation and France are now strained as Paris has been an active part of the West's punitive response to Moscow over the crisis in Ukraine.

They arrived for their first meeting Thursday with smiles, posing for photographs on the front porch of the presidential Elysee Palace.

Macron, a centrist who had served in governments led both by Socialists and Republicans before his election on May 7 on an independent ticket, appointed on Wednesday as his foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, a former defense minister under the previous president, Francois Hollande of the Socialist Party.

Another centrist, Sylvie Goulard (Goo-LARR), will lead the Defense Ministry, while Socialist Gerard Collomb will head the Interior Ministry.


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