French conservatives’ first female candidate spells trouble for Macron

Press play to listen to this article PARIS – Valérie Pécresse has just been chosen as her party’s first female presidential candidate, now she faces an even bigger challenge: gearing up to beat Emmanuel Macron in April’s election. The former minister and current head of the Paris region won the primary of the center-right Les … Read more

France’s Macron meets Saudi crown prince in final Gulf stop

French President Emmanuel Macron met Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Saturday for the final leg of a two-day Gulf tour. Concerns over Iran’s nuclear program, the multiple crises in Lebanon and the ongoing war in Yemen were expected to be aired in private by both sides. Earlier in the day, Macron was in … Read more

Lebanese minister resigns in bid to ease crisis with Saudis

BEIRUT – Lebanon’s information minister resigned Friday, a move many hope could open the way for easing an unprecedented diplomatic row with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Arab nations that has compounded the small country’s multiple crises. George Kordahi, the minister and a prominent former game show host, said he took the decision to step … Read more

UAE signs contract with France for 80 Rafale warplanes

The United Arab Emirates signed a contract with France to buy 80 Rafale military fighter aircraft for €16 billion, French officials said. Armies minister Florence Parly hailed it as an “historic contract”, stating it showed a “strategic partnership that is stronger than ever”. She said that in addition to the fighter jets, the UAE signed … Read more

France’s Eric Zemmour is running a campaign à la Donald Trump — in theory

Press play to listen to this article PARIS — On the face of it, Eric Zemmour has failed his Trumpian transformation. Underneath the surface, it might be a bit more complicated. During his first TV interview as an official French presidential candidate on Tuesday, Zemmour — a former journalist running an insurgent campaign heavy on … Read more

Busting the Merkel Myth

Press play to listen to this article BERLIN — In an age of us-versus-them politics, soon-to-be ex-German Chancellor Angela Merkel might be the only prominent international leader the global demos can actually agree on. From Poland to Peru, clear majorities profess a favorable view of the East German physicist-turned-politician, whose 16-year tenure running Europe’s largest … Read more

Macron says Brexit rules matter of ‘war and peace’ for Ireland amid UK spats

PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron urged the U.K. to work with the EU to resolve post-Brexit issues, as he called the divorce deal’s Northern Ireland protocol a matter of “war and peace for Ireland.” “It is for us an existential question, in two respects,” Macron said of the protocol during a meeting Wednesday of … Read more

Wednesday evening UK news briefing: EU must consider mandatory Covid vaccination, says Ursula von der Leyen

On the flip side, Israel has said that early research suggests two to three doses of a Covid vaccine are effective against the new omicron variant. Nitzan Horowitz, the country’s health minister, said that there was “room for optimism” that current vaccines worked on omicron based on “initial indications.”  Yet this has not deterred Scotland’s … Read more

What the papers say – November 26

B ritain and France’s response to the deaths of 27 people who drowned attempting to cross the English Channel leads many of the papers. Boris Johnson and Emmanuel Macron are struggling to coordinate a “coherent response” amid strained post-Brexit relations, according to the Financial Times. The Daily Mail reports that the Prime Minister has asked … Read more

Boris Johnson urges French and EU deals to halt English Channel crossings

Boris Johnson offered to work “further and faster” with France and the EU to try to stop undocumented migrants crossing the English Channel, after dozens drowned in a bid to reach the U.K. In a letter to French President Emmanuel Macron, published late Thursday, the British prime minister urged more cooperation with Paris and Brussels … Read more