This is a summary of a document published by the office of French president Emmanuel Macron ahead of the European elections. The points have been selected by Euronews, using words as close as possible to the original, entitled For European Renewal. Defend our freedom Macron proposes creating a European Agency for the Protection of Democracies to protect EU countries from cyber attacks. He also wants to prevent foreign powers from funding European political parties and create rules to ban gate speech online Protect our continent Macron proposes a common border force and a European asylum office under a newly created European Council for Internal Security to ensure the same level of protection of borders and immigrants throughout the continent. He also wants European countries to introduce a mutual defence agreement and involve the UK in collective military decisions. He also proposes penalties for multinational companies that breach European values over tax payment, the environment and … [Read more...] about Emmanuel Macron’s manifesto
French President Emmanuel Macron is reportedly considering calling a referendum this spring in an effort to address concerns of "gilets jaunes" ("yellow vest") protestors. It comes as they held their 12th weekend of demonstrations, denouncing the French government and alleged police violence. Macron has already attempted to quell the protests by holding a series of town hall debates across France. If called, this would be the first referendum France has held in over a decade and would coincide with the upcoming European elections. The reported referendum would ask citizens if they want to reduce the number of MPs and set term limits. One of the major demands of the protest groups is for referendums to be held on broad policy decisions. … [Read more...] about ‘Gilets jaunes’: Emmanuel Macron ‘to call referendum’ over France’s ‘yellow vest’ protests
The "first losers of [a no deal Brexit] would be the British," French President Emmanuel Macron said after learning about Tuesday night's Brexit deal defeat. British MPs voted 432 - 202 to reject Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal, which also marked the UK's worst parliamentary defeat in history. Macron's comments came as he neared the end of a 7-hour town hall meeting in Normandy, in which he shared his predictions for the UK's next steps. "I'm gonna tell you how I see things," he said. "First option: they go towards a no deal so they say there is no agreement. It scares everybody. The first losers of this are the British people. So, in this context, they will have to - without any transition period - renegotiate a future relationship." Banking on the his second predicted outcome, the French president said he believed the British government would instead seek an Article 50 extension in order to renegotiate the deal ahead of second parliamentary vote. "I think that's what … [Read more...] about Did French President Emmanuel Macron sum up Brexit better than the British?
Emmanuel Macron has launched his 'Great Debate' which he says is aimed at transforming the anger behind weeks of national protests into a blueprint for future policies. Below is a translation of an open letter he addressed to his people. Dear Frenchmen, Frenchwomen and compatriots In a period of doubt and reflection like the one we are witnessing today, we must remember who we are. France is a country unlike any other. The feeling of injustice is more alive than elsewhere. The demand for help and solidarity stronger. In our country, those who work pay for retirees' pensions. In our country, a large number of citizens pay an income tax, sometimes burdensome, which reduces inequalities. In our country, education, health, security, justice are accessible to all regardless of their circumstances or wealth. The hazards of life, such as unemployment, can be overcome, thanks to this effort shared by all. That is why France is, of all nations, one of the most fraternal and the most … [Read more...] about ‘France is a country unlike any other’: read Emmanuel Macron’s letter to his people
In late 2018, France’s “Yellow Vest” protesters torched cars, fought police, and defaced monuments in a fury at the government, led by President Emmanuel Macron. Business Insider spoke with members, almost all of whom said that, despite anger toward Macron, ousting him would not help. The most likely successor to Macron would be Marine Le Pen, a far-right figure whom he beat in an election in 2017. The protesters say they want to be heard by elites, and are calling for a system of direct democracy. The group claimed victory on December 10 by forcing Macron to scrap an incoming tax on diesel, and getting a 6% hike in the minimum wage. The group is in a position of power, but unsure how to use it. Here is what some have to say about the movement’s future. In November and December French protest group the Yellow Vests (“Les Gilets Jaunes” in French) held Paris to ransom by burning cars, defacing monuments, and blocking roads across France. … [Read more...] about France’s ramshackle ‘Yellow Vest’ protesters have Emmanuel Macron’s back against the wall — but they’re nervous about replacing him