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France's Charlie Hebdo publishes provocative Islam cartoon

France's Charlie Hebdo publishes provocative Islam cartoonFrench satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo published a provocative front-page cartoon about Islam and the recent terror attacks in Spain on Wednesday, sparking fears that it could encourage Islamophobia. Critics of Charlie Hebdo saw its front-page cartoon as tarring an entire religion, practised by around 1.5 billion people worldwide, by implying it is inherently violent. As the cartoon became one of the top trending topics on Twitter in France — with more than 15,000 tweets praising or criticising it — prominent Socialist MP and former minister Stephane Le Foll called it “extremely dangerous”.



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Macron and Trump mark France's Bastille Day

Macron and Trump mark France's Bastille DayPresident Emmanuel Macron and Donald Trump marked France’s national day together on Friday at a military parade which clearly delighted the US leader and showcased warming relations between the two men. Trump was Macron’s guest of honour at national day celebrations in the capital as this year also marked the centenary of the United States entering World War I. “Nothing will ever separate us,” the 39-year-old Macron said from the reviewing stand, adding that Trump’s presence by his side was “the sign of a friendship across the ages” between their countries.



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Trump may reverse decision on climate accord, France's Macron says: JDD

Trump may reverse decision on climate accord, France's Macron says: JDDFrench President Emmanuel Macron said he was hopeful that U.S. President Donald Trump would reverse his decision to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord, according to weekly newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche (JDD) on Sunday. “(Trump) told me that he would try to find a solution in the coming months,” Macron told the paper, referring to meetings the two leaders had this week in Paris. “We spoke in detail about the things that could make him come back to the Paris accord,” he added.



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After talks, France's Macron hits out at Russian media, Putin denies hacking

After talks, France's Macron hits out at Russian media, Putin denies hackingBy Michel Rose and Denis Dyomkin VERSAILLES, France (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron rolled out the red carpet for Russia’s Vladimir Putin on Monday, but past suspicions of Russian meddling in the French election resurfaced with Macron denouncing Russian media and Putin denying hacking allegations. The newly elected Macron hosted Putin at the sumptuous 17th century palace of Versailles outside Paris for his first meeting with the Kremlin leader which he had earlier said would be marked by some straight talking.



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France's Macron picks PM from the right, blowing apart old boundaries

France's Macron picks PM from the right, blowing apart old boundariesNewly-inaugurated French President Emmanuel Macron appointed a conservative prime minister on Monday in a move to broaden his political appeal and weaken his opponents before legislative elections in June. Edouard Philippe, 46, a lawmaker and mayor of port city Le Havre, is from the moderate wing of the main center-right The Republicans party and will be a counterweight to former Socialist MPs who have joined Macron’s cause. Macron has vowed to end the left-right politics which have dominated France for decades, and his start-up centrist Republic on the Move (REM) party, which is just a year old, needs to find a wide base of support for the parliamentary elections.



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France's Macron pledges to overcome division in society

France's Macron pledges to overcome division in societyNew French President Emmanuel Macron, in his inaugural address, pledged on Sunday to work to overcome divisions in society which had been shown by the presidential election campaign and seek to build a strong France that was sure of itself in the world. “The division and fractures in our society must be overcome,” said the 39-year-old centrist who was elected on May 7 after beating the far right leader Marine Le Pen following a bitter campaign that was dominated by France’s role in Europe and which blew apart the traditional party structure in France. “The world and Europe need more than ever France, and a strong France, which speaks out loudly for freedom and solidarity,” Macron declared.



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France's new president vows to fortify EU, revamp politics

France's new president vows to fortify EU, revamp politicsPARIS (AP) — In ceremonies marked by youthful optimism and old-world Napoleonic pomp, Emmanuel Macron swept into office Sunday as France's new president pledging to fortify the European Union, redesign French politics and glue together his divided nation.



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Five challenges for France's new president

Five challenges for France's new presidentEmmanuel Macron, France’s new president who formally takes power on Sunday, faces a daunting to-do list. The 39-year-old must unite a deeply divided country, tackle unemployment and team up with Germany to try to reform the EU — but he first faces a battle to secure a governing majority in legislative elections due in June.



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Violence scars France's pre-election May Day marches

Violence scars France's pre-election May Day marchesTraditional May 1 union marches turned violent in France on Monday and presidential election frontrunner Emmanuel Macron attacked far-right rival Marine Le Pen, highlighting the divisions six days before the runoff. Six police officers were hurt in clashes in Paris between masked youths throwing molotov cocktails and riot police who responded with tear gas, as tens of thousands of union activists took to the streets for May Day demonstrations. In a feisty speech, Macron told thousands of his supporters he would defend “free democracy” if voters choose him on Sunday after Le Pen had urged voters to reject “the world of finance, of arrogance, of money as king” she said her opponent embodied.



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France's Macron says 'nothing's won yet'

France's Macron says 'nothing's won yet'French presidential frontrunner Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday rejected accusations he was resting on his laurels after winning the first round of the election, insisting “nothing’s won yet” in the race against the far right’s Marine Le Pen. The 39-year-old centrist said his victory in Sunday’s first round of voting was proof that pollsters — who had long placed him second to Le Pen in the opening round — “get it wrong”. “Nothing’s won yet,” Macron said during a visit to a hospital near Paris.



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