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# macron

Last week
12th March 2023 - 18th March 2023
# Protests
Roads blocked and strikes escalated after Macron pushes through pension reform
More than 300 people were arrested following protests overnight.
Last month
February 2023
# France
Macron compromises on raising pension age after protests
People who began work at 20 and 21 will be able to retire at 63, halfway between the current retirement age and Macron’s proposal of 64.
This year
# macron
France braces for new strikes against pension age increase
Around 1.1 million people took to the streets for the first strike day on 19 January and police expect a similar number tomorrow.
# Palestine
US secretary Blinken due in Jerusalem to discuss de-escalation of Israel-Palestinian bloodshed
Israel has sought to demolish the east Jerusalem family home of a Palestinian gunman as part of measures to punish the relatives of attackers.
# plot to kill
Twelve people go on trial for allegedly plotting to assassinate French president Macron
The defendants are 11 men and two women, aged between 26 and 66.
Last year
# Ukraine
Macron urges French to reduce energy by 10%
He said energy rationing plans are being prepared ‘in case’ they are needed, and that ‘cuts will happen as a last resort’.
# Ukraine
Russia demands Ukraine surrender as G7 vows to make Moscow pay
Eighteen people were killed in an attack yesterday in the city of Kremenchuk.
# Deadlock
Macron urges 'compromises' to break France impasse
Macron’s centrist alliance finished Sunday’s parliamentary elections 44 seats short of a majority in the National Assembly.
# France
France votes in showdown for Macron and Le Pen
Analysts have warned that blank votes or abstentions could be crucial in this election.
Opinion: Macron's politically divisive presidency may have engineered Le Pen's comeback
Despite Macron’s pledge to limit the appeal of extremist parties, Le Pen is within touching distance of the Élysée, writes Dr Maura Stewart.
# French election
Quiz: How much do you know about French presidents?
Fièvre électorale.
# Crunch time
Macron launches bitter attack on Le Pen as lead slips in French polls
A poll yesterday showed Le Pen winning 47.5% of the vote in a second-round run-off against Macron.
# Polls
French far-right leader Marine Le Pen closing gap on Emmanuel Macron, new polls show
Macron has long been favourite for the two-round election on 10 and 24 April.
# second term
Emmanuel Macron announces bid for second term as French president
Polling to determine who will take the keys of the Elysee Palace takes place in April.
# Ukraine
Putin told me Russia will not escalate Ukraine crisis, says Macron
Putin and Macron met yesterday in Moscow.
# world report
Blow for Macron's party as opposition join forces to hold up Covid bill
The United States set a new world record with more than one million cases logged yesterday.
All time
# France
Martin and Macron address issue of justice over murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier
The Taoiseach urged anyone with information to come forward even at this late stage.
# Official Visit
Macron says France 'not putting pressure' on Ireland over corporation tax rate
The French president said he believes that Ireland and France will “find the right path” together.
# France
Frenchman given four months in jail for slapping Macron
He has been in custody since the assault, which a prosecutor at the hearing called “absolutely unacceptable” and “an act of deliberate violence”.
# macron
France announces three-week school closure and domestic travel ban
The move is a departure from the French government’s recent policy which has focused on regionalised restrictions.
# Versailles
Emmanuel Macron at presidential retreat in Versailles with fever
The French president is also suffering from a cough and fatigue after his positive test for coronavirus.
# Terror Attack
'We will not give up our values': Macron vows defiance after knife attack in church kills three people
Emmanuel Macron said his country would stand firm against religious extremists.
# Lebanon
Countries pledge €250m in aid for port blast to be delivered 'directly' to Lebanese people
Countries pledged financial aid and called for an independent inquiry at a virtual donor conference hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron today.
# Brexit
Macron tells Boris: The EU will decide by the end of this week whether a Brexit deal is possible
Johnson yesterday said the UK is “walking out” of the EU on 31 October.
# Javad Zarif
Iran's foreign minister makes surprise G7 summit visit
Flight-tracking websites showed a plane travelling from Tehran to Biarritz.
# Biarritz
Macron says G7 leaders have agreed on joint statement over Iran
US President Donald Trump, however, has denied signing off on a joint G7 message.
# gilets jaunes
Emmanuel Macron says yellow vest violence must stop as he offers 'significant' tax cuts
Macron recognised that the yellow vest movement had led to many in France feeling “anger and impatience for change” and praised its “just demands”.
# Paris
'We can do it': Macron wants Notre Dame rebuilt 'within five years'
Experts have said it could take significantly longer than the French President’s timeframe.
# Brexit
Emmanuel Macron: 'We will never abandon Ireland or the Irish people, no matter what'
Varadkar is in Paris for a meeting with Macron to discuss the latest Brexit developments.
# Brexit
Varadkar to meet Merkel and Macron as Brexit uncertainty ticks on
The Taoiseach will travel to Paris on Tuesday to meet Macron, while on Thursday, Merkel will travel to Dublin.
# gilet jaunes
France's 'yellow vest' protesters return to the streets
Around a thousand protesters gathered on the Champs-Elysees in central Paris.
# le monde
French newspaper apologises for Hitleresque image of Macron on front page
The paper’s weekly magazine was accused of being reminiscent of the Nazi leader.
# Alexandre Benalla
French prosecutors probe whether Macron’s ex-bodyguard used passports illegally
The investigation will examine the “abuse of trust” over Benalla’s failure to return two passports after he was no longer in office.
# yellow vest
France's 'yellow vest' protests lose momentum on decisive weekend
An estimated 66,000 people took to the streets across France yesterday.
# Protests
France set for more 'yellow vest' protests despite Macron concessions
In a bid to end the protests, Macron has cancelled the planned fuel tax hikes and offered a rise in the minimum wage.
Opinion: It is not just about petrol prices - years of austerity in France caused violent protests
The French are practical people and they tightened their belts as much as they could until eventually they couldn’t survive, writes Renaud Beranger.
# Arrests
One killed after panicked driver rams into crowd at French fuel protests
An estimated 124,000 people took part in the protests.
# macron
Macron doubles down on row with Trump and says Europe shouldn't buy US weapons
Macron said the two leaders had spoken about what his office has portrayed as a misunderstanding.
# The Bodyguard
Home of Macron aide, filmed beating up protester, raided
French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb will face questions from parliament next week.
# Aided to the door
Macron fires aide seen hitting protester while dressed as riot policeman
He is suspected of unlawfully receiving police surveillance footage in a bid to clear his name.