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Wednesday 7 June 2023 Dublin: 14°C

# Emmanuel Macron

This week
4th June 2023 - 7th June 2023
# Criticism
Macron wants 'strong' sanctions after child suffering from cancer attacked at Ligue 1 game
The boy had been invited to watch the game in a hospitality box and meet the Marseille players.
April 2023
# pension system
France's Macron says he has heard the anger over pension reform but insists change is needed
The French president is trying to repair the damage done to his public image by forcing the pension plan through parliament last month.
# France
France's Macron signs controversial pension reform bill into law despite protests
Unions have called for a “tidal wave” of protests to oppose the plan to raise the retirement age from 62 to 64.
# Pension reform
French court approves parts of Macron’s unpopular plan to raise retirement age to 64
It paves the way for Macron to implement the unpopular changes that have sparked months of protests and strikes.
# Taiwan
Emmanuel Macron insists France won't be US 'vassal' on Taiwan
Macron said France still backed the ‘status quo’ on Taiwan.
# Protests
'We haven't given up yet': Pension protests continue across France after talks end in deadlock
Protesters attacked one of French President Emmanuel Macron’s favourite restaurants today.
# War in Ukraine
'I can count on you to bring Russia to its senses', Macron tells Xi Jinping in China
Western pressure is mounting on China to take a more active role in the peace process in Ukraine.
March 2023
# french protests
New violent clashes rock France in protest against construction of water reservoirs
It’s the latest in a series of violent standoffs as social tensions erupt nationwide.
# Royal Visit
French protests made Charles' visit to Palace of Versailles impossible, says ex-Paris diplomat
Sylvie Bermann said plans for a banquet at the Palace of Versailles for Charles and Camilla would ‘not have given a good image’.
# Clashes
Violence erupts as thousands protest across France over Macron pension reform
The country’s interior minister said 123 members of the security forces had been injured and at least 80 people arrested.
# no confidence motion
French government narrowly survives no-confidence votes amid anger over pension reform
Emmanuel Macron’s widely disliked campaign pledge to raise the retirement age was passed last week without a vote.
# France
Police clash with protesters in Paris as Macron forces through pension reform without vote
The move amounted to an admission that the French government lacked a majority to hike the retirement age from 62 to 64.
# migrant crossings
French and UK leaders try to overcome Brexit tensions at first high-level summit in five years
Emmanuel Macron and Rishi Sunak met today in Paris to discuss Ukraine and migration.
This year
# Ukraine
Russia unleashes missile and drone strikes in eastern and southern Ukraine
Russian forces launched 71 cruise missiles, 35 S-300 missiles and seven Shahed drones since last night.
Last year
# Twitter
Macron and Musk meet for ‘honest discussion’ amid Twitter hate speech concerns
The French leader criticised the billionaire the day prior over Twitter’s relaxation of content moderation policies.
# Washington
Joe Biden and Emmanuel Macron vow united front against Russia during historic state visit
The pair said the West must hold fast against Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine.
# Eu relations
New 'sail and rail' ticket to allow young people to travel to France next summer, says Taoiseach
Ahead of the visit, the Taoiseach said he was looking forward to his meeting with Macron.
# energy summit
Taoiseach says that stabilisation of EU gas market will benefit Ireland
Talks in Brussels on Thursday dragged well into the night
# cost of living crisis
Protesters march in Paris to demonstrate against cost-of-living crisis
Marchers took to the streets to demand better pay and windfall taxes on energy companies.
# Emmanuel Macron
Taoiseach and 43 other European leaders meet in Prague Castle in face of Russia's war
The inaugural summit of the ‘European Political Community’ is the brainchild of French President Emmanuel Macron.
# Tory leadership
Macron (and the Irish govt) hit back at Liz Truss after she suggests France is no UK ally
Liz Truss said that the “jury’s out” on whether or not Macron was a friend of the UK.
# Challenges
Macron seeks to calm security and budget concerns over Paris 2024 Olympics
France’s reputation as a reliable host of sporting events took a battering following the chaos that marred this year’s Champions League final in Paris.
# European Union
North Macedonian parliament approves deal to set EU bid in motion
Opposition MPs left the chamber in protest.
# bonjour
French parliament names pro-Macron centrist as house speaker in election fallout
Yael Braun-Pivet is the first woman to hold the post.
# French elections
Macron falls short of parliamentary majority as left and far-right make gains
Macron’s Ensemble coalition lost dozens of seats but still remains the largest party.
# polling day
Macron battles French left in tight parliament election
Polling projections show that Macron’s party will be the largest, but may fall short of an overall majority.
# France
French election projections see Macron’s centrists keep a majority
More than 6,000 candidates were running for 577 seats in France’s National Assembly in a first round of elections yeterday.
# French elections
French elections: Record-low turnout expected as Macron seeks parliament majority
Voting takes place over two rounds, with one taking place today while the second takes place on 19 June.
# Ukraine
EU chief visits Ukraine as fierce fighting continues in east of country
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that serious battles were ongoing in Severodonetsk, a city in the east.
# Investigation
President Macron urges 'full transparency' over Champions League final mayhem
The scenes outside the stadium saw thousands of Liverpool supporters struggle to enter and police respond with tear gas.
# second term
Macron pledges to reunite divided France after winning second presidential term
Populist run-off challenger Marine Le Pen quickly conceded defeat but achieved her best-ever electoral showing.
# French election
French election: Exit poll projects Emmanuel Macron to win presidential runoff with 58.2% of vote
Polls have closed in France after a run-off between the incumbent president and his populist opponent.
# France
Crunch time for Macron and Le Pen ahead of presidential vote
Both candidates fired off attacks in interviews today before last-minute walkabouts and rallies.
# French election
Macron and Le Pen clash over Russian loan, hijab ban and cost of living in debate
Macron was deemed the winner of the 2.5 hour debate in an opinion poll.
# France
French Prime Minister says government to resign if Macron wins to create 'new impetus'
Macron is facing a close race in the run-off this Sunday against far-right veteran Marine Le Pen.
# French presidential election
'We are exhausted': France’s Macron faces angry voters as he fights for second term
Emmanuel Macron and far-right nationalist rival Marine Le Pen qualified on Sunday for France’s 24 April presidential run-off.
# France
Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen begin duel to become French president
After a first round of voting on Sunday, Macron came top with 27.85%, while far-right leader Le Pen finished second at 23.15%.
# at the polls
Emmanuel Macron to face Marine Le Pen in run-off election for French presidency - exit polls
Projections show that Macron leads far-right leader Le Pen in the first round of France’s elections by a larger than expected margin.
# French presidential election
France prepares for first round of tight Macron re-election bid
The stakes of the election are high for Macron, who came to power aged 39 as France’s youngest president.
# Your Say
Poll: Would you like to see Emmanuel Macron re-elected as French president?
French voters will soon decide who will be president for the next five years.