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

Far-right leaders fail to tie the knot

Europe’s far-right leaders keep flirting, but are still wary to tie the knot.  In Warsaw on Friday and Saturday, a collection of the continent’s biggest nationalist, anti-immigrant and Euroskeptic politicians gathered for their latest attempt to unite in some sort of grand coalition. Some guest list highlights: Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, French presidential hopeful … 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

Putin’s choice: Hot war or a deeply frozen conflict

Press play to listen to this article Top United States officials say they are worried Russia is aiming to heat things up in Ukraine, with troops positioned along the border for a potentially imminent invasion. However, Russian President Vladimir Putin may have precisely the opposite in mind: deepening the freeze of the conflict in Ukraine’s … Read more

Lives lost at Europe’s borders and Afghan MPs in exile: human rights this fortnight – in pictures

A roundup of the struggle for human rights and freedoms, from Mexico to Manila Continue reading… Source link

Import gets out of trouble again to stay unbeaten

Huetor is two wins from two in Australia but trainer Paul Snowden says he shouldn’t have won either, which shows the former French galloper could be a serious stayer. Trainers Peter and Paul Snowden and jockey Kerrin McEvoy admit they don’t know how far Huetor could progress through the staying ranks. But the three outstanding … Read more

France evacuates more than 300 people from Afghanistan

France and Qatar jointly operated the humanitarian mission while also delivering medical equipment, food and winter supplies to Kabul. France has carried out an evacuation mission in Afghanistan, taking 258 Afghans as well as 11 French, some 60 Dutch nationals and an unspecified number of people linked to them out of the country, a French … Read more

Cementing Ties, UAE Buys 80 French-Made Rafale Warplanes

French President Emmanuel Macron began a two-day trip to the Gulf on Friday. Dubai: The United Arab Emirates ordered 80 Rafale fighter jets on Friday, the largest order ever for the warplane, a multi-billion dollar arms contract that deepens economic and political ties with France. French President Emmanuel Macron began a two-day trip to the … 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

French import on Summer Cup mission

Trainers Peter and Paul Snowden have ambitious plans for emerging import Huetor after his impressive Australian debut. Huetor, the boom French import, could emerge as a Group 3 Summer Cup contender if he maintains his unbeaten Australian record at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday. Champion trainer Peter Snowden conceded Huetor’s sudden emergence has been a “pleasant … Read more