FRANCE – UK – Macron to ask Britain to pay up to save Calais border deal

French President Emmanuel Macron will meet with British Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday where he is expected to ask the UK to take in more refugees from the Calais area and increase its funding for securing the border. Macron and May will discuss Brexit and Le Touquet accord, a 2003 agreement that effectively allowed Britain… Please follow and like us:

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China seeks French role in Belt, Road

President welcomes Macron on his first visit as head of state China would like to make joint efforts with France to enhance cooperation under the Belt and Road framework using the principle of mutual benefit, President Xi Jinping said on Monday. Xi made the remark while meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse… Please follow and like us:

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FRANCE – CHINA – Open markets, Macron tells China, or risk protectionist backlash

French President Emmanuel Macron focused on trade imbalances on the second day of his state visit to China, offering to open up France to Chinese investment in exchange for greater access to Chinese markets for French companies. Speaking to members of the French and Chinese business community at a start-up incubator, called Soho3Q, in Beijing, Macron… Please follow and like us:

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Google moved 16 bn euros to Bermuda to avoid tax: Bloomberg

Google moved 15.9 billion euros ($19.2 billion) to a Bermuda shell company in 2016, saving it billions of dollars in taxes that year, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday, quoting regulatory filings in the Netherlands. Google uses two structures, known as a “Double Irish” and a “Dutch Sandwich”, to shield the majority of its international profits from taxation,… Please follow and like us:

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CULTURE – A look back at the key words of 2017, from ‘covfefe’ to youthquake

Several new words made their way into the lexicon in 2017 while others were inadvertently invented. FRANCE 24 takes a look back at some of the terms that helped define the year. Covfefe US President Donald Trump is no stickler for traditional spelling and usage, but when he tweeted the word “covfefe” in May, millions were… Please follow and like us:

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France, Germany to unveil eurozone reforms in March

Germany and France will offer their joint vision for reforming the eurozone by March, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday, in an effort to bridge divisions over the future of the single currency. Meeting without departure-bound Britain, the bloc’s 27 leaders were tasked by EU President Donald Tusk to speak freely about their often clashing… Please follow and like us:

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Lebanon’s Hariri arrives in France to meet Macron

Lebanese leader Saad Hariri has arrived in Paris to meet French President Emmanuel Macron, who said he expected him to return to Lebanon within days or weeks. Despite Hariri announching his resignation in a televised speech two weeks ago, Macron has said he will welcome Hariri “with the honours that are due a prime minister”. The… Please follow and like us:

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FRANCE – In numbers: Behind France’s two-year state of emergency

French President Emmanuel Macron addresses the European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday to defend France’s new anti-terror law, which is set to replace – and in many respects cement – the country’s nearly two-year-long state of emergency. France’s state of emergency went into force overnight from November 13-14, 2015, following the deadliest terror attacks on… Please follow and like us:

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FRANCE – France to pay big firms 10 billion euros after court blocks dividends tax

The French exchequer has been ordered to pay 10 billion euros to big companies after the country’s highest judicial authority struck down a tax imposed by the previous government on dividend … Earlier this month the Constitutional Council declared the three-percent tax on dividends, introduced by President François Hollande’s government in 2012, illegal on the grounds… Please follow and like us:

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The European Union Is Doomed to Fail

Have you ever heard of Deutsch Jahrndorf? No? I don’t blame you. The tiny Austrian village, which is situated four miles from the Danube, is utterly unremarkable, except for the fact that it sits on the border of three countries. To the east is Slovakia. To the south lies Hungary. As such, within shouting distance of… Please follow and like us:

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Economy – Macron readys give-and-take budget

French President Emmanuel Macron’s government is set to unveil its first budget on Wednesday, balancing tricky priorities as it seeks to cut taxes while also slashing the deficit. The young centrist president has pledged to find 16 billion euros of savings next year, seeing cutting the deficit as key to boosting France’s credibility in Europe as… Please follow and like us:

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FRANCE – French unions block fuel depots in labour law protests

The French trade unions CGT and FO blocked access on Monday to several fuel depots in protest against an overhaul of employment laws, seeking to test the government’s will to reform the economy. In southern France, protesters’ unions set up a road-block in front of Total’s La Mede refinery, while in western France fuel depots were… Please follow and like us:

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FRANCE – French unions stage fresh protests over labour law reform

French unions will stage new protests Thursday against an overhaul of the country’s labour code, hoping to build pressure on President Emmanuel Macron days before his signature reform is expected to become law. The marches come a week after hundreds of thousands of people — 200,000 according to police, half a million according to organisers –… Please follow and like us:

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All eyes on Donald Trump: What to look for in UN debut

United Nations – There is little doubt who is headlining this year’s United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). Diplomats have been heard chatting about US President Donald Trump’s arrival in the corridors of UN headquarters for weeks. There is a mild sense of foreboding about what the US leader will tell his foreign counterparts when he ascends… Please follow and like us:

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FRANCE – Macron faces first major street protests of his presidency

French President Emmanuel Macron faces the first major street protests of his tenure on Tuesday as one of the country’s biggest trade unions prepares to lead demonstrations against his planned labour reforms. Members of the CGT, France’s second largest trade union, are readying themselves to lead demonstrations across the country against a reform package that promises… Please follow and like us:

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