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French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech at the High Commissioner's residency in Noumea, New Caledonia, on Wednesday.
WORLD / Politics
May 24, 2024
The colonial-era inequalities that fueled the New Caledonia crisis
The island territory is marked by deep disparities in education and employment, according to data and experts.
Maximilian Krah from German's far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party
WORLD / Politics
May 23, 2024
Europe’s far right in disarray two weeks ahead of elections
Far-right groups hoped to form a large enough bloc in next month’s European elections to weaken climate regulations and propose tougher immigration measures.
Activists from Amnesty International gather in support of the Uyghurs at the Place du Capitole in Toulouse, on the sidelines of Chinese President Xi Jinping's two-day state visit to France on May 6.
WORLD / Politics
May 23, 2024
Uyghur group says facing Chinese 'repression' in France
The European Uyghur Institute said that acts of intimidation stepped up during Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to France earlier this month.
French President Emmanuel Macron speaks during a meeting with New Caledonia's elected officials and local representatives at French High Commissioner Louis Le Franc's residence in Noumea, New Caledonia on Thursday.
WORLD / Politics
May 23, 2024
Macron arrives in riot-hit New Caledonia for high-stakes talks
Local group warns things may take a turn for the worse if the French president does withdraw an electoral bill that protesters fear will dilute Indigenous votes.
Smoke rises in the distance as a burnt vehicle blocks a road near the Montravel area of Noumea, New Caledonia, on Tuesday.
May 21, 2024
Australia and New Zealand send evacuation flights to New Caledonia
Australia and New Zealand said they will send government planes to New Caledonia on Tuesday to evacuate nationals from the French territory, which has experienced a week of deadly riots sparked by electoral changes by the French government in Paris.
Burnt vehicles at a roadblock in France's Pacific territory of New Caledonia on Sunday. French forces smashed through about 60 road blocks in efforts to clear the way from conflict-stricken New Caledonia's capital to the airport.
WORLD / Politics
May 20, 2024
France's Macron calls fresh emergency meeting on New Caledonia
In New Caledonia, French forces smashed through dozens of barricades in a bid to retake the main road to the archipelago's airport.
People wait in line to buy provisions from a supermarket along a street blocked by debris and burned-out items following overnight unrest in the Magenta district of Noumea, in France's Pacific territory of New Caledonia, on Saturday.
May 19, 2024
New Caledonia 'under siege' as French troops bid to restore order
Anger is still high over a contested voting reform, even after the arrival of hundreds of military and police reinforcements.
A white flag residents displayed to express their intention to peacefully keep watch over the neighborhood, is seen on a temporary roadblock residents set up in the Magenta district of Noumea, New Caledonia, on Thursday.
May 16, 2024
Four dead in New Caledonia riots; France declares state of emergency
Rioting broke out over a new bill lawmakers adopted in Paris that will let French residents who have lived in New Caledonia for 10 years vote there.
French President Emmanuel Macron during an interview on the fringes of the Choose France summit in Versailles, France, on Monday
BUSINESS / Companies
May 14, 2024
Macron puts French banks in play with plan to transform Europe
Macron has been trying to persuade his EU partners to embrace reforms that he says would turn the bloc into a more united and powerful economic force.
French President Emmanuel Macron and Chinese leader Xi Jinping review troops at the Tarbes Airport in southern France on Tuesday. Some experts believe Xi wants to drive a wedge between Europe and the United States with his European tour.
May 10, 2024
It’s ‘divide and conquer’ as Xi courts Europe
Xi wants to drive a wedge between Europe and the United States, or at least inhibit their convergence on a policy that identifies China as a threat.
The Olympic flame sits on board the Belem as the boat sails near the coast of Marseille, France, on Wednesday.
May 9, 2024
Olympic flame arrives on French soil for 2024 Paris Games
"It marks the end of preparations, the Games arrive in the life of the French people," French President Emmanuel Macron said.
French President Emmanuel Macron, Chinese leader Xi Jinping and European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen walk after their meeting in Paris on Monday.
May 7, 2024
Xi bristles as Macron and von der Leyen urge China to do more on Ukraine
The Chinese president also rejected what he described as attempts to use the Ukraine conflict to smear a third country or stoke a new Cold War.
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends the Orthodox Easter service at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow on Sunday.
WORLD / Politics
May 7, 2024
U.S. and most EU nations to boycott Putin's inauguration over Ukraine war
France and some other EU states were expected to send an envoy despite a plea by Kyiv.
Cars pass Chinese flags on a highway ahead of Chinese leader Xi Jinping's visit in Belgrade, Serbia, on Sunday.
May 6, 2024
China’s billions help Xi make useful friends in Eastern Europe
China's ties with Serbia and Hungary highlight how it's helping transform a corner of Europe when much of the continent views Beijing as a strategic rival.
French President Emmanuel Macron warns of existential threats to Europe from Russia, China and the U.S.
May 6, 2024
Is this Macron's moment to shine?
Underlying all the problems that Europe faces in a new age of geopolitical, economic and climate insecurity is a crisis in leadership.
Jordan Bardella, President of the French far-right National Rally party, gestures he attends a political rally during the party's campaign for the European elections in Perpignan, France, on May 1.
WORLD / Politics
May 6, 2024
Just how dangerous is Europe’s rising far right?
Anti-immigration parties with fascist roots — and an uncertain commitment to democracy — are now mainstream.
Automobiles charge at public electric vehicle charging stations in Paris on Feb. 14.
May 6, 2024
France ramps up electric vehicle ambition as Xi arrives in Paris
The contract between the government, French business groups and unions aims for a fourfold increase in the sale of 100% EVs to 800,000 a year in 2027.
French Prime Minister Gabriel Attal greets Chinese leader Xi Jinping at Orly Airport, south of Paris, on Sunday.
May 6, 2024
France's Macron seeks to sway China's Xi on Ukraine
Xi Jinping is making a state visit to France marking 60 years of diplomatic relations between France and China. The trip is his first to Europe since 2019.
French President Emmanuel Macron speaks during a press conference in Paris on Monday.
WORLD / Politics
May 3, 2024
Macron floats Ukraine troop deployment if front line breached
Macron described Russia under President Vladimir Putin as "a power of regional destabilization" and "a threat to Europeans' security."
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida speaks to reporters at Haneda Airport in Tokyo on Wednesday before embarking on a trip to France and South American countries.
JAPAN / Politics
May 2, 2024
Kishida and Attal vow to expand Japan-France ties
Attal also expressed his condolences over the recent death of renowned Japanese manga artist Akira Toriyama.


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