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    French far-right media pundit Eric Zemmour has confirmed that he will run for president in next year's election with a dramatic video pledging to 'save France.'  Zemmour, 63, adopted a pose that was clearly based on wartime leader Charles De Gaulle as he sat behind a desk and spoke into an old-fashioned microphone.   'It's no longer the time to reform France, but to save it,' he said, adding that his fellow French citizens 'no longer recognise our country.' Against a Beethoven soundtrack, Zemmour demanded that children stop being subjected to the 'egalitarian experiments of gender theory and Islamic-Leftism.'  And he called on France to reject 'Europe which will never be a nation,' urging his compatriots 'we must regain our sovereignty.'  Theatrics were expected from the married father-of three who has made headlines over the last few months for pointing a rifle at a reporter, sticking his middle finger up at a female heckler, and for a secret lovechild with his 28-year-old PA.  Zemmour, 63, adopted a pose that was clearly based on wartime leader Charles De Gaulle as he sat behind a...
    (CNN)Kamala Harris is a hit in Paris. David A. AndelmanMore than a month after a firestorm broke out between the United States and France over the Biden administration's colossally ill-considered torpedoing of a major French-Australian submarine deal, the vice president landed in Paris to try to patch things up. And so far, it's working.Harris and French President Emmanuel Macron seemed delighted to see each other as they grasped arms in a Covid-conscious greeting outside the Élysée presidential palace Wednesday. "I can tell you French people are extremely proud to have you here," Macron said at the start of their bilateral meeting. Their first tête-à-tête ran so long that aides tried to intervene and wrap up the meeting. Macron also gave Harris a tour of the building, pointing out the desk of France's first modern president Charles de Gaulle, who had his own prickly relationship with the United States.The next morning, at a grand ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe, celebrating France's unknown soldier and Hubert Germain, France's last great World War II resistance fighter, who died last month at...
    Doug Emhoff defended his wife Kamala Harris during the couple's official visit to France, saying being a woman and a trailblazer is 'hard,' as the White House doubled down in backing the vice president.  'One of things I've learnt from being married to Kamala Harris is that to be first in so many things is hard. She said once that breaking barriers involves breaking, and when you break something sometimes you get cut, and when you get cut, sometimes you bleed,' Emhoff said Thursday at an event with France's Minister for Gender Equality.  'But it's worth it,' he noted. His comments come as Harris' approval rating has reached a historic low level, with only 28 per cent thinking she is doing a good job, according to the USA Today/Suffolk poll, out on November 8. And a 51 per cent majority of respondents said they disapproved of the job Harris is doing as vice president. Doug Emhoff defended his wife Kamala Harris during the couple's official visit to France, saying being a woman and a trailblazer is 'hard White House Chief...
    Paris (CNN)Vice President Kamala Harris said she did not discuss with French President Emmanuel Macron the surprise deal between the US and Australia to develop nuclear submarines that angered the French, leading to a fallout between the longstanding allies.CNN has previously reported that the mission of Harris' five-day trip abroad was to revitalize that relationship, picking up the mantle from President Joe Biden who met with Macron in Rome, and called the handling of the submarine affair "clumsy.""I will tell you that was not the purpose of this trip and we didn't discuss it," Harris said Friday, when speaking to reporters in Paris. The vice president was asked if she believed she had done the job to repair the relationship, after the scuttled deal."What we did discuss is the issues that are challenging us and the issues that are the basis for this relationship and the strength and the endurance of this relationship," she added."We talked about, for example, our mutual interest in the Western Hemisphere, and issues that range from what are the current challenges to what have been...
    PARIS (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris says she didn’t discuss the secret submarine deal that sent U.S.-French relations to a historic low when she met this week with French President Emmanuel Macron. On a four-day trip to France seen as a charm offensive, Harris said that instead she focused on “our mutual interest” in European security and Africa. Both sides stressed that relations are moving into a “new era” — and the fact that they didn’t even talk about the submarine problem drove that point home. A secretly negotiated U.S.-British submarine deal with Australia forced a prior deal with France to be scrapped. More importantly for the French, they were not informed of the discussions despite being America’s oldest allies. They felt blindsided and accused the Biden administration of actions reminiscent of the Trump era. The dispute “was not the purpose of the trip and we didn’t discuss it,” Harris told reporters Friday. At her meeting Wednesday with Macron, she said, “What we did discuss is the issues that are challenging us.” She said her presence itself in France...
    Vice President Harris said Friday that she and French President Emanuel Macron did not discuss a submarine deal with Australia that caused a rift between the U.S. and France during their meeting earlier this week. “That was not the purpose of this trip and we didn’t discuss it,” Harris told reporters during a press conference on Friday when asked if she thought she succeeded in repairing relations with France. “What we did discuss is the issues that are challenging us and the issues that are the basis for this relationship and the strength and the endurance of this relationship.” During her press conference, Harris referred to about a dozen different topics that she and Macron discussed during their nearly two-hour meeting on Wednesday, including global health, space exploration, supply chain issues, and Indo-Pacific security. While she said the two did not discuss the submarine issue specifically, the vice president also made a point to emphasize both the administration’s focus on bolstering alliances and the importance of the U.S.-France relationship during her answer.  Harris said she and Macron discussed their “perspective on alliances and...
    Vice President Kamala Harris raised concerns Friday that Santa Clause would be unable to deliver on Christmas due to supply chain disruptions. “Families are worried about being able to make sure Santa Claus gets whatever Santa Claus should get to the children by Christmas,” she said. The vice president spoke about the traditional Yuletide visitor at a press conference after visiting Paris, France and holding bilateral talks with President Emmanuel Macron. Harris said she was “speaking for the American public” and voiced concerns about supply chain issues that were impacting American families. “Prices have gone up,” she admitted. “Families and individuals are dealing with the realities that bread costs more and gas costs more.” French President Emmanuel Macron (L) greets U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris during a ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris on November 11, 2021. (LUDOVIC MARIN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images) Harris said the Biden administration took the issues “very seriously” noting that it had a “direct impact” on American families. “We fully appreciate the significance of things costing more. It’s a big deal,” Harris said, telling...
    (CNN)Paris may be a gastronome's paradise, but there's only so much humble pie a superpower will eat. Vice President Kamala Harris' visit to Paris and talks with French President Emmanuel Macron this week were the culmination of a weeks-long show of contrition by the US for the worst Franco-American diplomatic contretemps in years. France erupted in September and even recalled its ambassador to Washington after finding out that the US and Britain struck a deal behind its back to build nuclear-powered submarines for Australia -- which was already contracted to buy conventional French subs. Paris insists its tantrum was not about money -- though the loss of the subs deal dealt a blow to French shipbuilding. Instead the Elysee said it felt betrayed by its oldest ally (though made clear it didn't expect much better from the Brits with whom post-Brexit relations are plumbing disastrous lows). The spat dented the Biden administration's self-awarded reputation for foreign policy expertise, already battered by its chaotic Afghanistan withdrawal. The affair also exposed political maladroitness from the White House since it deeply...
    PARIS — Vice President Kamala Harris and French President Emmanuel Macron covered plenty of ground during a two-hour meeting on Wednesday but avoided the elephant in the room: France's anger over the United States’s role in scuttling its multibillion-dollar submarine contract with Australia . “They actually didn’t talk about submarines,” a senior administration official told reporters on a call Thursday. FRANCE FUMES AT US-AUSTRALIA NUCLEAR SUBMARINE DEAL What Harris, who President Joe Biden tapped to sort out the U.S.'s own border issues, did discuss with Macron was migration issues in Eastern Europe. There, Belarus has shuttled migrants into Poland, Latvia, and Ukraine in what the U.S. and Europe have described as a “hybrid attack” against European democracies. “It came up in the context of a broader and quite extensive discussion” about Central Europe and Ukraine, the senior official said. A National Security Council official said Wednesday that Washington was preparing “follow-up sanctions” to hold Belarus leaders accountable for the aggression. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko must understand that his government’s behavior “comes with a price,” said Ursula von der Leyen,...
    PARIS — Welcoming Vice President Kamala Harris to the Elysee Palace, French President Emmanuel Macron stuck to the script. “I can tell you French people are extremely proud to have you here,” Macron said during remarks before a bilateral meeting Wednesday evening. Shouted questions from reporters about America’s effort to reconcile its part in a bruising multibillion-dollar defense contract dispute went unanswered, as did a question from the Washington Examiner about whether there was a role for the United States in the Belarus migration crisis along the Polish border. WHY IS KAMALA HARRIS HERE? FRENCH CONFUSED BY VEEP’S VISIT Whereas French officials just weeks ago described the rupture as “a stab in the back” and likened it to something former President Donald Trump would do, Macron appeared to take the position that the matter had now been shelved, describing his meeting with President Joe Biden in Rome last week as “very fruitful.” It “paved the way” for future cooperation between the two countries, he said. “We do share the view that we are at the beginning of a new...
    Vice President Harris on Wednesday announced new initiatives with France on space and cybersecurity following a meeting with French President Emmanuel MacronEmmanuel Jean-Michel MacronThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Did Democrats misread voters' 2020 call for change? Harris heads to Paris amid healing US-France rift Harris to convene first space council meeting on Dec. 1 MORE in Paris. The White House that Harris and Macron agreed to launch a “comprehensive” bilateral dialogue on space through which U.S. and French officials will work together to address issues like climate change, expand space exploration, and expand access to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. “Noting the 60 years of U.S.-France partnership in space and the growing importance of space in providing benefits to people around the world, Vice President Harris and President Macron agreed to establish a U.S.-France Comprehensive Dialogue on Space to enhance civil, commercial, and national security space cooperation,” the vice president’s senior adviser and chief spokesperson Symone SandersSymone SandersBiden speaks with Macron, Harris to meet with French president in Paris Harris facilitates coin toss at...
    Associated Press PARIS — Kamala Harris and French President Emmanuel Macron agreed Wednesday that their countries are ready to work together again, after a diplomatic drama surrounding a submarine deal that put the relationship at a historic low. The U.S. vice president met with Macron on Wednesday evening at the Elysee presidential palace, as part of a weeks-long effort by Washington to mend relations with France, America’s oldest ally. Harris’ four-day trip to Paris comes after President Joe Biden told Macron the U.S. had been “clumsy” in handling the submarine issue, during a meeting in Rome, Italy on Oct. 29. Biden didn’t formally apologize to Macron, but conceded the U.S. should not have caught its oldest ally by surprise. The secretly negotiated U.S.-British submarine deal with Australia led to a prior deal with France being scrapped. Macron Wednesday said he had had “a very fruitful meeting” with Biden. “We do share the view that we are at the beginning of a new era and our cooperation is absolutely critical for this one,” he said. Echoing the French president’s comments, Harris...
    Vice President Kamala Harris continued the administration's push to try to sooth relations with France after the clash over a US submarine deal on her diplomatic visit Wednesday – and by all outward signs was enjoying the task.  'I'm very happy to be in Paris,' she exclaimed when a reporter shouted a question about whether she had to make 'amends.'   She was warmly greeted by French President Emmanuel Macron on the steps of Elysee Palace – just days after President Joe Biden also sought to mend fences with the nation often called America's oldest ally.  Macron walked down the steps to greet her as her motorcade arrived. The two exchanged a warm greeting, with Harris smiling and grinning as they first shook hands. France's President Emmanuel Macron (L) welcomes Vice President Kamala Harris prior to a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris on November 10, 2021. Harris is on a charm offensive to try to reset relations between the U.S. and Paris after tensions flared over a new U.S. security arrangement with Britain and Australia Asked if she needs to...
    Paris (CNN)Vice President Kamala Harris and French President Emmanuel Macron said Wednesday they look forward to closer US-French cooperation as they sat down for a bilateral meeting at the Elysée Palace aimed at revitalizing US-French ties. Both countries are looking to rebuild trust after the US struck a surprise deal with Australia in September to help that country develop nuclear submarines, sinking a French submarine contract with Australia in the process. Harris's five-day trip to Paris is the latest step in a weeks-long diplomatic effort by the US to make amends. Macron thanked Harris for coming to Paris and said he was "extremely grateful" for her presence and that "the French people are extremely proud to have you." He also noted that he had a "very fruitful meeting" with President Joe Biden in Rome last month on the sidelines of the G20. "We do share the view that we are at the beginning of a new era and our cooperation is absolutely critical for this one," Macron said. Harris thanked Macron for inviting her to Paris and noted that "when...
    Was Macron He expressed his “regret for differences and misunderstandings” with Algeria on Tuesday, and stressed that he had “great respect for the Algerian nation and its history” in the tense context associated with the French president’s recent statements. Said the Elysee Palace Hidden He was invited to attend a conference on Libya on Friday to help prepare for the December 24 presidential election and restore stability. Except Lammara At the end of the first seminar of the heads of the Algerian embassies and consulates, he said the Algerian president would not attend the conference. The Algerian official added: “Algeria will participate in a symposium hosted by the French capital. LibyaBut without the President. He explained: “Despite the commitment to push the Libyan issue towards the desired Libyan solution, the conditions are not sufficient for the President to personally participate. Algeria will be present and will continue to play its role with the Libyan delegation.” “Relations with France are complicated by history and geography and the existence of a large community there,” Lamamra said. But he added: “Algeria A completely...
    LE PECQ, France (AP) — “I’m standing again as candidate for the French presidency.” Those words, or some variation along those lines, were the most glaring omission in a prime-time address to the nation on Tuesday night by French President Emmanuel Macron. The 27-minute speech, delivered against a backdrop of the red-white-and-blue tricolor flag and an embossed seal of the French Republic, swept back over France’s fight against the coronavirus pandemic, pitched forward to its economic recovery and spoke encouragingly of French strengths but also cautioned of challenges and vulnerabilities. It was a televised declaration that sounded very much like a re-election campaign launch — without actually saying so. That, certainly, is how it was seen by political opponents who have already declared their ambitions to unseat Macron and limit him to a one-term president when the country votes in April. “Clearly, Emmanuel Macron is a candidate,” tweeted far-left leader Jean-Luc Melenchon, who is hoping to improve on his fourth place in the 2017 election that put Macron in power as France’s youngest-ever president. Far-right candidate...
    PARIS — Vice President Kamala Harris’s visit for a series of high-level diplomatic engagements has drawn little public fanfare ahead of her sit-down meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron. The vice president's visit earned sparse coverage during prime-time hours on France’s TF1, flying under the radar screen on Tuesday. Expectations for the bilateral conference at the Elysee Palace were measured among those who spoke to the Washington Examiner. Asked what he thought about Harris's visit, Xavier, a restaurant worker in Place Collette, said, “Nothing at all.“ “Politically, I don't know what the purpose is,“ he added. HARRIS WILL TRAVEL TO FRANCE TO MEND FENCES WITH MACRON AND MEET WORLD LEADERS Macron and Harris will meet face-to-face Wednesday to discuss climate change, space, the economy, supply chains, global health, and the Indo-Pacific, according to a senior administration official. The visit comes just months after a rift over a U.S. plan to provide Australia with nuclear-powered submarine technology. The deal prompted Australia to cut short a multi-billion dollar defense contract with France, causing major strife. Asked whether Harris intends to raise...
    Paris (CNN)When President Barack Obama's decision to scrap a planned missile defense system in the fall of 2009 left a pair of European allies feeling jilted, Vice President Joe Biden embarked on a three-day tour to coax relations back to health. Twelve years later, Biden -- now the US President responsible for vexing another European ally -- is entrusting his vice president with a similar mission.Arriving in Paris on Tuesday, Vice President Kamala Harris is setting off on a five-day effort to revitalize the French-American relationship less than two months after the longest American allies were blindsided by Biden's decision to help Australia develop nuclear submarines -- sinking France's own submarine deal with Australia in the process. The visit will also be Harris' first to Europe in her new role, a key diplomatic test for the vice president and an opportunity to burnish her foreign policy credentials after a rocky first foreign trip earlier this year. Harris' trip to Paris comes on the heels of Biden's meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron on the sidelines of the G-20 conference in...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris is pitching in on the White House charm offensive aimed at French President Emmanuel Macron. The vice president arrives in Paris on Tuesday for a four-day visit, the latest move in a concerted effort by the Biden administration to shore up the U.S. relationship with America’s oldest ally. Washington’s relations with Paris hit a historic low this year after a U.S.-British submarine deal with Australia scuttled a French deal with the Australians. Harris will sit down with Macron on Wednesday at the Élysée Palace for talks that are expected to focus on ways the two nations can better coordinate efforts in the Indo-Pacific. The high-level meeting comes less than two weeks after President Joe Biden met Macron on the margins of the Group of 20 summit in Rome and acknowledged that his administration had handled the submarine deal in a “clumsy” way. The U.S. and Britain’s agreement to provide Australia with submarine technology has been framed as opportunity for the U.S. to bolster a key Pacific ally’s naval capacity as the Biden...
    Vice President Kamala Harris will meet with French President Emmanuel Macron and other world leaders in Paris next week, dispatched by the White House to mend fences in the wake of a diplomatic row. Harris will attend two conferences in Paris, with her visit coming on the heels of President Joe Biden’s meetings with Macron at multilateral summits in Rome and Glasgow. In an address to the Paris Peace Forum on Nov. 11, a summit on global governance issues, Harris is expected to focus her remarks “on some big, converging global crises ... in particular, the challenge of rising inequality and the need for leaders around the world to join together and take bold action,” a senior administration official said. The vice president will join Macron and other global leaders for dinner following the summit. Harris’s participation will allow for “candid conversations on all of these challenges, including the need to reinforce global institutions and to shore up democracies in the face of authoritarianism,” this person said. BIDEN HAS NOT CALLED VIRGINIA GOVERNOR-ELECT GLENN YOUNGKIN AFTER DEMOCRATS’ DEFEAT Officials...
    It is the revelation of Emmanuel Macron’s text message that brutally renews the diplomatic tensions between France and Australia. September 15, two days before the announcement of the breach of the “Century Agreement” on submarines worth 56 56 billion. “Should I expect good or bad news for our shared submarine ambitions?” Emmanuel Macron wrote to the Australian President, which was confirmed to the LCI by the President’s entourage on Tuesday via this SMS. On the Australian side, this SMS is provided as proof that France knew before the official announcement that the contract for the submarines was going to be terminated. If the head of state’s entourage had confirmed to LCI the authenticity of this phone message, its interpretation would have been completely different. According to him, the SMS provides the opposite evidence that the French president was unaware of Australia’s strategic change as it prepared to sign a deal with the United States. He condemns the Australian government’s “dishonest” approach. “It’s hard to understand, because SMS is in our favor”, Adds the same source. The...
    Where is Emmanuel Macron? The French President, who is currently attending the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow this week, was nowhere to be seen at yesterday's evening reception. World leaders including Joe Biden, Boris Johnson, Angela Merkel and Justin Trudeau capped off the first day of the conference with a lavish royal reception at Glasgow's Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum with Prince Charles, Prince William, Kate Middleton and the Duchess of Cornwall all in attendance. But Macron, who was pictured earlier in the day speaking with Boris Johnson at the conference, had seemingly disappeared and could not be seen in any pictures of the event.  His apparent absence comes amid high tensions between France and the triumvirate of Australia, the UK and the US over the submarine contract row, while Britain and France are locked in a bitter dispute over post-Brexit fishing rights.  World leaders posed for a group photo during a lavish evening reception to mark the opening day of the COP26 summit in Glasgow, but Emmanuel Macron was nowhere to be seen The first day of the...
    White House documents uncovered by an Australian newspaper suggest President Joe Biden knew France hadn't been told Australia planned to cancel a $90 billion submarine deal, throwing his claims to French President Emmanuel Macron into doubt.  The Australian reported Monday on the existence of a 15-page document where the National Security Council, along with British and Australian officials, detailed how the world would learn about the new AUKUS pact.  The document, signed off by Biden's advisers, said Australia would tell France on September 16 - the day AUKUS was announced - that it would be pulling out of the $90 billion submarine deal.  The Australian reported Monday on a National Security Council 15-page document that suggests President Joe Biden (left) knew French President Emmanuel Macron (right) hadn't been told by Australia that the submarine deal was off before the AUKUS announcement  President Joe Biden (left) and French President Emmanuel Macron (right) met in Rome on Friday. There Biden told Macron: 'I was under the impression that France had been informed long before that the deal was not going through'  Biden told...
    French President Emmanuel Macron labelled Scott Morrison a 'liar' when speaking to Australian reporters at the G20 Summit Scott Morrison has hit back at French President Emmanuel Macron after he publicly accused the Australian leader over lying about the scrapped submarine deal.  Diplomatic tensions between the two countries have escalated since Australia pulled out of a $90 billion deal with France to manufacture its next generation of submarines.  Hours after the pair shared an awkward exchange at the G20 Summit in Rome, the French President made his feelings known about Mr Morrison during a fiery exchange with Australian journalists, labelling his counterpart a 'liar'. Speaking to reporters on Monday night  Mr Morrison returned fire at Mr Macron saying he wouldn't 'cop sledging on Australia' and refused to apologise for reneging on their deal and going with the US and UK on nuclear submarines.  'We made the right calls for Australia. I don't wish to personalise this,' he proclaimed. 'I must say the statements that have been made questioning Australia's integrity, not me, I've got broad shoulders and I can take that, but...
    A furious French President Emmanuel Macron has publicly accused Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison of lying to him over the submarine deal.  Diplomatic tensions between the two countries have escalated since Australia recently pulled out of a $90 billion deal with France to manufacture its next generation of submarines. Hours after the pair shared an awkward exchange at the G20 Summit in Rome, the French President made his feelings known about Mr Morrison during a fiery exchange with Australian journalists.  'We will see what he will deliver,' Mr Macron told reporters on Sunday. I ask French President Emmanuel Macron whether Scott Morrison lied to him: “I don’t think, I know.” pic.twitter.com/3tcg4xrl90— Bevan Shields (@BevanShields) October 31, 2021 An awkward handshake in Rome between Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison (centre right) and French President Emmanuel Macron (centre left) 'I have a lot of respect for your country, a lot of respect and friendship for your people. I just say when we have respect, you have to be true and you have to behave in line and consistent with this value. The...
    First Lady Jill Biden attended a farewell luncheon with the other spouses of the G20 Sunday afternoon in Rome.  Biden was dressed in a green floral dress paired with heeled black over-the-knee boots, and greeted Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi's wife Maria Cappello, the host of partner events, at the top of the stairs on the Piazza del Capidigolio.  Biden and the other spouses were lunching at the Capitoline Museums.  She was captured holding court with Spain's Begona Sanchez and Joachim Sauer, the husband of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.  On Monday, she'll split off from President Joe Biden - who's headed to Glasgow, Scotland for the COP26 climate summit - and head south to Naples instead, where she'll visit a DOD-funded high school.   At the G20, Biden spent time with both French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte, as the U.S. tried to repair relations with its oldest ally after the submarine row.     First Lady Jill Biden (right) is spotted on a balcony speaking with Begona Sanchez (left), wife of Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, at the farewell luncheon for G20 spouses on Sunday  First...
    First Lady Jill Biden stunned in a sparkly lilac fitted dress by Ralph Lauren at Saturday night's G20 dinner, which took place at the 16th century Quirinale Palace in Rome.  The leaders and spouses were split up at the dinner, which was hosted by Italian President Sergio Mattarella.  So Dr. Biden sat next to French President Emmanuel Macron, while President Joe Biden was seated next to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.   Dr. Biden and Macron previously bonded when they represented their respective countries at the opening ceremony at the Tokyo Olympics in July.  The first lady and the French president watched several sporting events together after the ceremony.     At dinner Saturday, the G20 leaders and their spouses were served a menu of marinated salmon, risotto with pumpkin and white truffle, roasted artichoke, seabass and vegetables.  First Lady Jill Biden (center left) wore a sparkly lilac fitted dress by Ralph Lauren at Saturday night's G20 dinner. Here she poses with (from left) Maria Serenella Cappello, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, President Joe Biden, Italian President Sergio Mattarella and daughter Laura Mattarella Jill Biden (upper...
    Utmost cheek of sneering Macron THE sheer cheek of France’s preening president defies belief. Sneering Emmanuel Macron claims Britain’s credibility is on the line over the Brexit fishing row. 3Macron’s hissy-fit over fishing rights is a desperate attempt to shore up his flagging presidential election campaignCredit: AFP “When you spend years negotiating a treaty then a few months later do the opposite . . . it’s not a big sign of your credibility,’’ he whines. Has the pound shop Napoleon forgotten that is precisely what his EU pals did when they tried to block our vaccine supplies going through Northern Ireland weeks after Brexit? And why should we be lectured on credibility by a man who first bad-mouthed the British AstraZeneca jab then tried to steal millions of doses from our supplies? Macron’s hissy-fit over fishing rights is a desperate attempt to shore up his flagging presidential election campaign. With his lead in the polls wafer-thin, the tin-pot autocrat is terrified of facing his own Waterloo next year. Even Macron’s former boss and mentor, ex-President Francois Hollande, has turned...
    The Latest on the group of 20 summit taking place in Rome: ROME — Group of 20 leaders have unanimously endorsed a global minimum tax on corporations in a move being hailed by U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet L. Yellen as benefiting American businesses and workers. Finance ministers of Group of 20 countries a few months earlier had agreed on a 15% minimum tax and its formal endorsement at the summit Saturday in Rome of the world’s economic powerhouses was widely expected. Yellen predicted in a statement that the deal on new international tax rules, with a minimum global tax, “will end the damaging race to the bottom on corporate taxation.” The summit concludes on Sunday afternoon. ___ ROME— President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden arrived at St. Patrick’s Church in Rome for Saturday Vigil Mass, a day after telling reporters that Pope Francis told him he should continue to receive Communion, despite the opposition of some conservatives in the U.S. upset with his position on abortion. Biden’s is attending the English-speaking church that is the main place of...
    President Joe Biden met with French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday, admitting he was unaware he upset the French while making a submarine deal with Australia in September. “I was under the impression that France had been informed long before … honest to God I did not know you had not been,” Biden admitted to Macron during the meeting which took place in Rome ahead of the G-20 summit. At the time, NATO ally France was furious that the United States joined with the UK and made a deal with Australia in September to provide them with nuclear submarines, which prompted Australia to cancel their deal with the French. Even more insulting to the French, was they found out about the deal from the press, not from the Americans or the Australians much less the UK. President Biden was conciliatory during the meeting with Macron. French President Emmanuel Macron (R) and U.S. President Joe Biden (L) meet at the French Embassy to the Vatican in Rome on October 29, 2021. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images) “I think what happened was...
    President Biden sought to soothe tensions with France during his first in-person meeting with French President Emanuel Macron since the United States announced a trilateral agreement with the United Kingdom and Australia. Biden admitted that the announcement of the deal, which angered the French, was "clumsy," and said France is an "extremely valued partner." Biden met with Macron in Rome Friday ahead of the G20 summit. BIDEN SAYS POPE FRANCIS TOLD HIM TO CONTINUE RECEIVING COMMUNION, AMID SCRUTINY OVER PRO-ABORTION POLICIES "The answer is, what happened was, to use an English phrase, what we did was clumsy," Biden said. "I want to make it clear France is an extremely valued partner." Biden said that he was "under the impression that France was informed long before" the U.S., United Kingdom and Australia announced its trilateral agreement, which is set to focus on developing Australia’s nuclear-powered submarine capabilities – an effort France was working to undertake with Australia. BIDEN NOT 'AWARE OF WHAT HAD TRANSPIRED' IN AUKUS SUBMARINE DEAL: KERRY France was blindsided by the deal. France previously made an agreement to...
    President Biden on Friday acknowledged that his administration’s handling of a submarine deal with Australia was “clumsy” as he sought to repair relations between the U.S. and France during a one-on-one meeting with French President Emmanuel MacronEmmanuel Jean-Michel MacronOvernight Defense & National Security — GOP unhappy with Afghan vetting The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden pleads to Dems before heading to Europe 5 things to watch for as Biden heads to Europe MORE in Italy. The security pact, known as AUKUS, caused a rift between the U.S. and its oldest ally, France, last month, and resulted in France temporarily recalling its ambassador to the U.S. “I think what happened was, to use an English phrase, what we did was clumsy,” Biden told reporters on Friday during the meeting with Macron at the French embassy to the Holy See. "It was not done with a lot of grace. I was under the impression certain things had happened that hadn’t happened." “I want to be clear. France is an extremely, an extremely valued partner,” Biden continued. “We have...
    President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron smiled for the press before their meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Italy, a photo opportunity intended to put more than a month of diplomatic tensions behind them. The leaders' conversation at the French Embassy to the Holy See in Rome was their first in-person discussion since Macron recalled his country's top envoy to the United States for the first time in more than a century. That decision came in response to Biden's announcement of a new national security alliance with the United Kingdom and Australia. BIDEN HOPES HIS SHRUNKEN SPENDING FRAMEWORK IS A BIG ENOUGH DEAL “What we did was clumsy. It was not done with a lot of grace,” Biden said later Friday beside Macron inside the building. “I had been under the impression long before that France had been informed.” National security adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters flying with the president on Air Force One the Macron meeting would "cover the waterfront in terms of issues facing the U.S.-France alliance." That includes "counterterrorism in the...
    President Joe Biden on Friday admitted the submarine deal with Australia was handled 'clumsy' and 'without grace' as he held his first sit down with President Emmanuel Macron since French fury over the AUKUS pact. The two men waved for the cameras when Biden arrived at the French Embassy in Rome. They smiled, wrapped their arms around each other and grasped hands as they showed their relationship is being repaired after France accused the U.S. of stabbing them in the back for agreeing to sell nuclear subs to Australia, resulting in Paris losing out on $90 billion deal of its own. 'I want to be clear: France is an extremely valuable partner,' Biden said.  He shrugged off a question if he needed to apologize to Macron, saying they 'already talked' but he did offer concessions ahead of their meeting.  'I was under the impression that France had been informed long before that the deal was not coming through,' he says of thwarted submarine deal that caused so much French fury that Paris recalled its ambassadors to the United States and Australia. ...
    First Lady Jill Biden and French First Lady Brigitte Macron were practically twinning when they met at a restaurant in Rome early Friday evening.  Both petite blondes wore navy suits paired with navy heels.  They got together at a restaurant called Il Marchese, ahead of their husbands' first meeting since France was blindsided by Australia pulling out of a submarine deal to join a security pact with the United States and the United Kingdom. Biden was asked about her earlier meeting with Pope Francis she attended alongside President Joe Biden.  'It was wonderful, he was wonderful,' she told the reporters staged outside the restaurant's door.  Macron, who arrived second, nodded in affirmation when asked if she was excited to meet with Dr. Biden.  The meeting with Macron is part of the first lady's packed schedule over four days in Italy.   First Lady Jill Biden (left) and French First Lady Brigitte Macron (right) both sported navy suits and heels for their get-together at Il Marchese, which happened as President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron held a bilateral meeting in Rome...
    President Joe Biden will host a kumbaya meeting with President of France Emmanuel Macron on Friday as part of his make-up campaign following French fury over a U.S. submarine deal with Australia. The two leaders will meet at the Villa Bonaparte, the French embassy to the Vatican situated in the heart of Rome. Their sit down comes ahead of their attendance at the G20 summit this weekend. The Villa was originally the home of Napoleon Bonaparte's sister Pauline, who had a bathtub carved out of the marble installed so she could bath in donkey milk, which she believed would help keep her looking young. It became an embassy in 1945. Biden held two phone calls with Macron in the lead up to Friday afternoon's meeting, which could be one of his more awkward sit downs in his five-day Europe trip. It is the two men's first in-person meeting since the submarine deal with Australia was announced. The White House is making an all out effort to emphasis the importance of its relationship with France, the United States' oldest diplomatic ally.  Jill...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris will head next month to Paris for talks with French President Emmanuel Macron, according to the White House. The White House announced Harris’ visit to France as President Joe Biden and Macron spoke by phone on Friday. The two presidents are scheduled to meet in Rome later this month on the margins of the Group of 20 summit. Macron’s office said in a statement that he and Biden discussed “the establishment of a stronger European defense, complementary to NATO and contributing to global security.” In addition to meeting with Macron, Harris will deliver a speech on Nov. 11 at the annual Paris Peace Forum and participate the following day in the Paris Conference on Libya. She will be joined by her husband Douglas Emhoff for the visit. The scheduled meeting comes amid an effort by the Biden administration to soothe its relationship with the French which became strained by a U.S. deal announced last month to sell nuclear-powered submarines to Australia. The move by the U.S. undercut a more than $60 billion deal...
    President BidenJoe BidenBiden: Democrats' spending plan is 'a bigger darn deal' than Obamacare Biden says he's open to altering, eliminating filibuster to advance voting rights Biden: Comment that DOJ should prosecute those who defy subpoenas 'not appropriate' MORE on Friday spoke to French President Emmanuel MacronEmmanuel Jean-Michel MacronFrench ambassador to Australia blasts sub deal with US: 'Way you treat your allies does resonate' America's subplot and Europe caught in the undertow UN agency to pay salaries of Afghan health care workers MORE to review their ongoing efforts by their teams to support stability and security in the Sahel, to enhance cooperation in the Indo-Pacific, and efforts to enable a stronger and more capable European defense, the White House announced. Biden will meet face-to-face with Macron in Rome next week at the Group of 20 Summit “where they will continue the conversation, take stock of the many areas of U.S.-France cooperation, and reinforce our shared interests and common values as we take on challenges and opportunities together.” It was also announced that Vice President Harris will travel to Paris in November...
    (AFP) — President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday condemned as “inexcusable” a deadly crackdown by Paris police on a 1961 protest by Algerians whose scale was covered up for decades by French authorities. Macron told relatives and activists on the 60th anniversary of the bloodshed that “crimes” were committed on the night of October 17, 1961 under the command of the notorious Paris police chief Maurice Papon. He acknowledged that several dozen protesters had been killed, “their bodies thrown into the River Seine” and paid tribute to the memory of the victims. The precise number of victims has never been made clear and some activists fear several hundred could have been killed. Macron “recognised the facts: that the crimes committed that night under Maurice Papon are inexcusable for the Republic”, the Elysee said. “This tragedy was long hushed-up, denied or concealed,” it added in a statement. The rally was called in the final year of France’s increasingly violent attempt to retain Algeria as a north African colony, and in the middle of a bombing campaign targeting mainland France by pro-independence militants....
    LEGENDARY ARSENAL boss Arsene Wenger will play in a charity game on Thursday alongside French president Emmanuel Macron. An XI made up of French football legends, sports stars and the president will take on medical staff from the Poissy Saint-Germain-en-Laye hospital to raise money for Les Pieces Jaunes (the small change). 3Wenger will return to both playing and managing football in one-off gamesCredit: REUTERS 3Macron is trading politics for football to raise money for charityCredit: AFP 3Macron will start in midfield, whilst Wenger partners Desailly All money raised from the match will go towards improving hospitalisation conditions for younger patients. Wenger will partner French World Cup and Euro winner Marcel Desailly in the heart of the defence. Whilst Macron - who is hoping to complete 90 minutes - will man the midfield alongside former Lyon manager Rudi Garcia, with Bordeaux legend Alain Giresse operating in front of them. Former Monaco, Barcelona and Lyon striker Sonny Anderson, 51, will lead the line for the star-filled side. The Brazilian scored an incredible 138 goals in 221 Ligue 1 appearances. Sidney Govou, Robert...
    Police have arrested a 19-year-old in Marseille for entering a hospital using the QR code for French president Emmanuel Macron’s coronavirus passport. The teen presented the French leader’s QR code at the Salvator Hospital of Marseille last Tuesday. Security guards realised the young man was attempting to enter the hospital using bogus credentials but allowed him to enter before informing the police. Officers arrived at the hospital and took the teen into custody, with a source close to the investigation telling news website Actu17 on the weekend: “He explained that he had an appointment and had to participate in a working group. Given that he did not have a health pass, he decided to present that of Emmanuel Macron, which had been leaked on the internet a few weeks ago.” The leaking of President Macron’s QR code on social media networks had raised concerns over the system’s ability to protect the privacy of French citizens. The personal vaccine passport QR code of French President Emmanuel Macron has been leaked on social media, raising questions over the system’s ability to protect the health...
    French President Emmanuel Macron is still unsure whether President Joe Biden values France as an ally, Politico reported. “We will see,” Macron said when asked if he thought Biden now understood the value of France’s relationship with the U.S., Politico reported. France reacted in anger in September when Australia backed out of a submarine deal to instead strike one with the U.S. and United Kingdom. It recalled its ambassadors from the U.S. and Australia, while Macron refused to take Biden’s call for days, Politico reported. “I just believe in facts,” Macron said, Politico reported. “I do hope. I do think it’s feasible. I do think it’s more productive for both of us. I will see. And I think we scheduled to discuss together mid-October, we will catch up during the G20 and I think it will be the right occasion to see how we can reengage very concretely.” Macron made the comments at a European Union leaders’ meeting in Slovenia on Tuesday, where he made a point to arrive last, Politico reported. “My point is,” Macron said, “it’s not an...
    Muppet Macron WHAT a shabby, spiteful little trickster France’s pipsqueak President proved to be. Macron acted like a clown over Brexit, insulting Britain for votes back home. That was the least of it. 3President Macron has proven to be quite the spiteful little trickster — any more and France will gain pariah status We now know he rubbished our AstraZeneca jab — doing untold, utterly unjustified and deadly harm to its global reputation — while blackmailing us out of five million doses we’d bought. He even refused to rule out cutting our Pfizer supply, despite it being needed in the spring to give second jabs to our must vulnerable and elderly people. The PM focused on keeping the Pfizer flowing — and thankfully succeeded. Yesterday a Macron aide threatened to cut the Channel Islands’ power in a tantrum over fish. Macron withdrew his US and Australian ambassadors over the AUKUS submarines deal. No wonder the ­Aussies picked more reliable allies. Much more of Macron and France will gain pariah status. Most read in NewsSHOCK TWIST Laundrie's sis says he...
    President BidenJoe BidenTop US and Israeli security officials to discuss Iran, Palestinians in Washington On The Money — Presented by NRHC — Biden plays debt limit hardball with McConnell Highway bill's long and winding road MORE “had not been fully aware” of the negative impact a U.S. submarine deal between the United Kingdom and Australia had on France after it was announced, according to John KerryJohn KerryJohn Kerry expresses optimism about upcoming climate summit Biden calls for international cooperation, but how to cooperate with China? Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by the League of Conservation Voters — EPA finalizing rule cutting HFCs MORE the special presidential envoy for climate.  “He literally had not been aware of what had transpired,” Kerry said in an interview with French broadcaster BFMTV that aired Monday. France became outraged last month after the Biden administration revealed a submarine deal between the U.S., U.K. and Australian governments, which sidelined a separate $40 billion submarine deal that France formed with Australia in 2016.   In response, France angrily canceled a planned gala in Washington, D.C., and temporarily recalled its ambassadors to the...
    French President Emmanuel Macron (L) and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands after a joint press briefing at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on January 9, 2018.Mark Schiefelbein | AFP | Getty Images LONDON — China is increasingly aiming to infiltrate and coerce on the global stage with its operations becoming more like those associated with Russia, according to a recent report by a think tank linked to the French military.  The French Military School Strategic Research Institute, an independent unit of the country's armed forces known as IRSEM, said it had noted a change in Beijing's behavior. "For a long time, we could say that China, contrary to Russia, sought more to be loved rather than feared," the report, published last week, said according to a CNBC translation. But it adds that Beijing's "operations to influence have been considerably stepped up over the past years and its methods look more and more like those applied by Moscow." The research paper, over 600 pages in length, was authored by Paul Charon and Jean-Baptiste Jeangene Vilmer, experts in...
    PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron was hit at the shoulder Monday by an egg thrown at him by a man during a visit to an international food trade fair in the French city of Lyon. A video of the incident, widely shared on the social media, shows Macron walking through the crowd when an egg bounced off him without breaking. Two bodyguards can be seen immediately getting closer to the president to protect his shoulders. The video also shows a man being taken away from the scene by other bodyguards. Reporters at the scene heard Macron saying “If he has something to tell me, then he can come.” No details have been released by authorities on the identity or the motivations of the man. In June, Macron was slapped in the face by a man as he was greeting the public in a small town in southeastern France. He then denounced “violence” and “stupidity.” The slap prompted a wide show of support for France’s head of state from politicians across the ideological spectrum. Macron, like...
    (CNN)French President Emmanuel Macron was hit by an egg while taking part in a food event in Lyon on Monday.The egg "bounced off Macron's shoulder and burst on the floor right in front of me," Florence Lago, a journalist for French publication Lyon Mag, told CNN.Lyon Mag shared a video of the incident at the SIRHA food and hospitality fair on its Twitter account. The clip showed the egg bouncing off Macron's shoulder before the camera panned to officials detaining a man in the crowd. The motivation behind the incident remains unclear. Lago said she saw a young man throw the egg but she did not hear him shout anything. She said security officers immediately escorted the man from the premises.An Elysée Palace spokesperson, who was with Macron at the time, told CNN the incident was being overblown. Read More"The President walked around for two hours, he was warmly welcomed and everything was calm. There is nothing to say about it because it did not disrupt his walking around," the spokesperson said, adding: "I was next to the President, I...
    London (CNN)In the week that world leaders gathered in New York City for the UN General Assembly, one person's absence cast a long shadow over what was already set to be a tense few days. French President Emmanuel Macron was never going to be at UNGA in person. It was, however, impossible to detach his non-attendance -- even in virtual form -- from the spat that broke out following the submarine deal between Australia, the UK and US (AUKUS), which subsequently saw the Australian government ditch a multi-billion-dollar agreement with France. French officials have been, justifiably, furious. Three of its supposed allies struck a deal behind its back with one reneging on a contract agreed years ago. For a man who has spent his presidency presenting himself as Europe's most serious leader both internally and on the world stage, it was a major embarrassment. Conversely, for Boris Johnson, the man who led the Brexit campaign and has been accused of making his country insular and a global insignificance, this was a hat-trick. Standing shoulder-to-shoulder with US President Joe Biden; agreeing...
    President Joe Biden phoned President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday to smooth over their frayed relationship after the United States effectively sank their submarine deal with Australia. “The two leaders agreed that the situation would have benefitted from open consultations among allies on matters of strategic interest to France and our European partners,” a diplomatic White House readout of the call read. The White House said Biden called Macron at his request. Macron agreed to send the French Ambassador back to Washington the following week and the two leaders planned a meeting in Europe at the end of October. France Recalls Ambassador to U.S. Over Australia Submarine Deal https://t.co/LPJQknTMoe — Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) September 18, 2021 The White House said Biden reaffirmed the strategic importance of France and the rest of Europe as he planned strategic deployments in the Indo-Pacific. France was furious after Biden worked secretly to create a multibillion dollar deal with Australia to sell them nuclear submarines. Because of the agreement, France lost out on their own submarine deal with Australia worth up to $90 billion. France was...