Author: Claire Gatinois

Emmanuel Macron live on French TV channel France 2, in Paris, on July 23, 2024. LUDOVIC MARIN / AFP The anticipation for the grand opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Paris on July 26 reached its peak as President Emmanuel Macron shared his confidence in a unique spectacular showcase. The ceremony, set to take place along the Paris river, promises an extraordinary experience for all. Despite recent political tensions due to the dissolution of Assemblée Nationale, Macron called for a truce to ensure the event’s smooth running. Acknowledging his camp’s defeat in the early elections, he emphasized stability in…

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French President Emmanuel Macron holds a press conference on the sidelines of NATO’s 75th anniversary summit in Washington, July 11, 2024. LUDOVIC MARIN / AFP French President Emmanuel Macron attended the NATO summit in Washington, focusing on global issues to show his strength on the international stage. Amid France’s political crisis, he faced challenges maintaining his influence. With his party losing the parliamentary majority, Macron sought to reassure the public and allies, emphasizing the importance of unity for a stable government. Building a majority Macron excluded potential opponents from his policies and emphasized France’s commitment to its allies. Despite domestic…

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French President Emmanuel Macron at NATO’s 75th anniversary summit in Washington on July 10, 2024. REUTERS/Nathan Howard NATHAN HOWARD / REUTERS French President Emmanuel Macron made a grand entrance at the NATO summit to join world leaders in discussing global issues. Despite political turmoil in France, Macron seemed at ease discussing topics like the Russian invasion of Ukraine and Indo-Pacific tensions with his peers. Macron’s strategic letter to the French people, written amid the chaos, aimed to reassure the public and maintain his authority. Reframing the recent snap elections, Macron justified his decisions and positioned himself as a stabilizing force…

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Gabriel Attal and Emmanuel Macron in Suresnes, France, on June 18, 2024. LAURENCE GEAI/MYOP FOR LE MONDE French President Emmanuel Macron remains unapologetic for dissolving the Assemblée Nationale, despite significant losses in his camp’s parliamentary elections. The result, while not providing a clear majority, did prevent a far-right coalition, much to the relief of the Elysée. Macron now heads to the NATO summit in Washington with a focus on international support for Ukraine. Read more Subscribers only French elections: ‘Far from the expected ‘clarification,’ the results plunge country into uncertainty’ A foggy political landscape The political landscape in France remains…

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French Prime Minister Gabriel Attal, at Macron’s Ensemble party’s campaign headquarters in Paris, on July 1, 2024. JULIEN DANIEL/MYOP FOR LE MONDE French Prime Minister Gabriel Attal is facing a challenging political landscape as the far right gains power in France. In an exclusive interview with Le Monde, Attal expressed the somber mood following the first round of parliamentary elections. Despite setbacks, he remains hopeful for a unified front against the far right in the upcoming second round on July 7. Attal’s vision for a diverse coalition to combat extremism reflects the tension within Macron’s camp. Divisions among ministers from…

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French President Emmanuel Macron at the Foreign Affairs Ministry in Paris, France, June 20, 2024. DYLAN MARTINEZ / REUTERS President Emmanuel Macron held a conference call from his office at the Elysée Palace with key figures in his government and party leaders on June 25. The discussion focused on the upcoming legislative elections and the threat posed by the far-right Rassemblement National (RN) party, which had gained momentum in recent elections. Facing challenges from both the left-wing Nouveau Front Populaire alliance and the RN, Macron found himself in a difficult position. The possibility of forming a “republican front” to block…

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Emmanuel Macron, during a commemoration of the 84th anniversary of Charles de Gaulle call to resistance on June 18, 1940, at Mont Valérien, in Suresnes, west of Paris, on June 18, 2024. LAURENCE GEAI /MYOP FOR LE MONDE French President Emmanuel Macron’s recent statements have caused quite a stir, as he continues to voice his opinions despite requests from allies to remain silent. During a press briefing on June 18, Macron criticized his camp’s defeatist mindset, following his decision to dissolve the National Assembly in light of growing far-right extremism. Macron’s focus shifted to targeting left-wing alliances like the Nouveau…

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Emmanuel Macron, Bernard Combes, mayor of Tulle, former French president François Hollande and his wife, Julie Gayet, at a commemorative ceremony in Tulle, June 10, 2024. CAROLINE BLUMBERG / AFP Emmanuel Macron strategizes for the upcoming parliamentary elections, aiming to combat the “extremes” in the political spectrum. This includes Francois Hollande’s alliance with the left-wing Nouveau Front Populaire, which Macron opposes. Hollande’s involvement surprises many, as he previously criticized left-wing excesses but now aligns with them for the greater cause. Despite previous differences, Macron’s camp strategically supports a conservative candidate to challenge Hollande, showcasing the high stakes in the political…

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Broadcast of Emmanuel Macron’s speech after the European elections results, in Paris, on June 9, 2024. JULIEN MUGUET FOR « LE MONDE » Emmanuel Macron shocks the nation by announcing the dissolution of the Assemblée Nationale following a devastating defeat in the European elections. Macron’s decision catches even his closest allies off guard, signaling a major political shift in France. As the far-right Rassemblement National secures a significant victory in the elections, Macron acknowledges his failure and calls for new legislative elections. This move is met with a mix of astonishment and criticism from various political figures across the spectrum.…

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