Macron boosts Saudi prince’s standing with dinner invite

French President Emmanuel Macron plans to welcome Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to his presidential palace and offer him dinner on Thursday, marking another step in the Saudi leader’s diplomatic rehabilitation less than four years after the killing of writer and critic Jamal Khashoggi. Macron’s office described the meeting on Thursday evening as “a … Read more

Macron calls Russia a ‘colonial power’ in ex-French colony

The French president vilified Russia as a “colonial imperial power” during a visit to Benin, which France ruled for more than 150 years.  By deciding “to invade a neighboring country to defend its interests there … Russia is one of the last imperial colonial powers,” said Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday.  He made the remarks during … Read more

Macron to meet Saudi crown prince MBS amid energy crisis

PARIS — Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will meet French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Thursday. The French president and the Saudi prince will meet for a working dinner at the Elysée palace, Macron’s office said, without providing further details on the goal of the visit. The official trip comes as France and Europe … Read more

Macron says France to open archives on Cameroon colonial era

Speaking in Cameroon, French president asks historians to investigate the past and establish ‘responsibilities’. France’s President Emmanuel Macron has said the archives on French colonial rule in Cameroon would be opened “in full” and asked historians to shed light on the period’s “painful moments”. Macron, speaking in the Cameroonian capital Yaounde on Tuesday, said he … Read more

Macron heads to Cameroon for 3-nation Africa tour amid mixed reception

French President Emmanuel Macron is in Cameroon to start his 3-nation Africa tour, where he is expected to discuss the African food crisis sparked by Russia’s war in Ukraine, the need for Cameroon to increase its agricultural production and the upsurge in insecurity in the country. Macron is due to spend three days in Yaounde, … Read more

North Macedonia parliament OKs deal; EU talks start July 19

SKOPJE – North Macedonia has approved a French proposal that opens the way for negotiations to join the European Union and overcome Bulgarian objections. There were 68 votes in favor of the proposal in the 120-member chamber, with the leftist coalition, which has 61 seats, getting the backing of small ethnic Albanian parties. Opposition lawmakers … Read more

Thousands evacuated amid blazes in France, Portugal and Spain as temperatures reach record 117F

Southwest Europe baked under sweltering temperatures on Friday for a fifth day, with the heat sparking devastating wildfires, forcing the evacuations of thousands and ruining holidays. Armies of firefighters battled blazes in France, Portugal and Spain as Britain braced for ‘extreme heat’ in coming days and even Irish forecasters predicted a taste of blistering Mediterranean-style … Read more

Five latest developments from the Russian war in Ukraine

1. ‘An open act of terrorism’: Zelenskyy slams Russian strike on Vinnytsia Russian missiles struck a city in central Ukraine on Thursday, killing more than 20 people and wounding about 90 more, Ukrainian authorities said. Nearly 40 others were reported missing. Ukraine’s president called the attack in Vinnytsia far from the front lines “an open act … Read more

The Uber Files: A kill switch, intense lobbying and driver exploitation. Leaked documents reveal ‘cutthroat’ tactics that built ride-hailing empire

In December 2014, a general manager for Uber took to the country’s “podium of record,” the Canadian Club of Toronto, to sell attendees on an innovation changing the face of urban transportation. The company was on a mission to bring “efficient, elegant, and most importantly, safe” transit to cities the world over. With its ever-expanding … Read more

Israel’s Lapid meets Macron in Paris on first trip as PM

PARIS – Israeli caretaker Prime Minister Yair Lapid on Tuesday used his first trip abroad since taking office to urge world powers to step up pressure on Iran over its nuclear activities, calling the Islamic republic a threat to regional stability. Lapid met in Paris on Tuesday with French President Emmanuel Macron, who called on … Read more