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France's Macron says deeply regrets Trump decision on troops in Syria

France's Macron says deeply regrets Trump decision on troops in SyriaN’DJAMENA (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday he deeply regretted U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria. In an abrupt policy shift, Trump announced on Wednesday that Washington would withdraw the roughly 2,000 U.S. troops in Syria, upending a pillar of American policy in the Middle East and alarming U.S. allies. “I very deeply regret the decision made on Syria,” Macron said during a news conference in Chad.



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Macron says 'an ally must be reliable' after US Syria pullout announcement

Macron says 'an ally must be reliable' after US Syria pullout announcementN’Djamena (AFP) – French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday criticised US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw American forces from Syria, saying “an ally must be reliable”. In a sign of the growing diplomatic rift between the two leaders, Macron said “I deeply regret the decision” by Trump to pullout US troops. Trump last week ordered a complete troop pullout from Syria, asserting that the Islamic State group had been defeated, as well as a significant withdrawal from Afghanistan.



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France's Macron deeply regrets Trump decision on troops in Syria

France's Macron deeply regrets Trump decision on troops in SyriaFrench President Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday he deeply regretted U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria.



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Macron govt hopes 'yellow vest' protests running out of steam

Macron govt hopes 'yellow vest' protests running out of steamThe French government was on Sunday hoping the sharp drop in “yellow vest” demonstrators signalled an end to the biggest crisis of Emmanuel Macron’s presidency, but conceded “mistakes” had been made. Around 66,000 people turned out again on Saturday across France for a fifth round of protests which sprung up over fuel tax hikes last month before snowballing into broader opposition to Macron — half the number of the previous weekend. In an interview with Les Echos newspaper published online Sunday evening, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said the government had “made mistakes” and “not listened enough to the French people”.



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Paris 'yellow vest' protests lose steam after Emmanuel Macron concessions

Paris 'yellow vest' protests lose steam after Emmanuel Macron concessionsDefiant “yellow vest” demonstrators took to the streets of Paris and other French cities on Saturday, but the anti-government protests appeared to be losing steam after major concessions by President Emmanuel Macron and another deadly terror attack on French soil. Riot police fired tear gas and fought with protesters on the Champs Elysées and elsewhere in the capital, but these were minor incidents compared with the widespread rioting and looting that took place a week ago. More than 66,000 took part in demos across the country, half the number of a week ago, and in Paris 2,200 people participated, far fewer than the 10,000 who turned out last Saturday, according to interior ministry figures. Face-off: Police stand guard as 'Mariannes' from the feminist group Femen join the Paris protests Credit: ZAKARIA ABDELKAFI/AFP/Getty Images On Place de la République in Paris, a few hundred yellow vests congregated in rain and near-zero temperatures after being pushed out of the Opera district by riot police. They unfurled a banner with the slogan: “We want a president of the poor”, a jibe at Mr Macron who many French accuse of being a “president of the rich” who has neglected the small-town and rural voters who make up the bulk of the yellow vest movement. The former investment banker, who is facing the biggest crisis of his presidency, unveiled a series of concessions on Monday to defuse the yellow vest crisis, which takes its name from the high visibility jackets all drivers in France are legally obliged to keep in their cars. He was hoping that the package of tax and minimum wage measures for low-income workers would help bring calm to the country after more than a month of clashes and disruption. French security forces intervene as protests weakened in the face of terror threats Credit:  Anadolu His move appeased many French, with public support for the yellow vest protests dropping from more than 80 percent to around 50 percent. But many others, who say the new measures will still not enable them to make ends meet, were set on continuing the protests to try and squeeze more concessions out of the 40-year-old president. “His (Macron’s) taxes will cancel out the rise in the minimum wage,” a 49-year-old computer technician, who declined to give his name, told The Telegraph on the Place de la République. Five 'Mariannes' – the national symbol of the French Republic – confront the gendarmerie Credit: VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images He said he had no intention of giving up the fight, and rejected the government’s call for calm in the wake of a terror attack this week in Strasbourg in which a gunman shot dead four people before being caught, two days later, and shot dead by police.  “That’s merely an excuse to try and keep us off the streets. The attack and this protest have nothing to do with each other,” he said. Protesters wearing yellow vests (gilets jaunes) demonstrate against rising oil prices and deteriorating economic conditions along the Champs-Elysee About 8,000 police – four times the number of demonstrators – and 14 armoured vehicles were deployed across Paris for Saturday’s demonstration, and many streets in the city centre were honeycombed with checkpoints where officers in riot gear checked bags and coats for weapons and helmets.  Police said 112 people were taken into custody in Paris.  The number of deaths linked to the protest rose to seven after Belgian police said a man accidentally crashed his car on Friday night into a truck that had stalled at a yellow vest roadblock on the Franco-Belgian border. 



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The Latest: Macron promises tax relief for workers, retirees

The Latest: Macron promises tax relief for workers, retireesPARIS (AP) — The Latest on anti-government protests in France (all times local):



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Macron unveils new measures in bid to end 'yellow vest' revolt

Macron unveils new measures in bid to end 'yellow vest' revoltEmbattled French President Emmanuel Macron Monday announced a series of financial measures seeking to defuse the “yellow vest” revolt that has triggered violent protests in cities across the country. Macron stressed, however, that the protests by mostly low-income people in small town or rural France were the result of long-term problems. Among the measures Macron announced was a 100 euro ($ 113) monthly increase in the minimum wage as of next year, for which businesses would not have to foot the bill.



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France's Macron Visits Torched Public Building in Puy-En-Velay

France's Macron Visits Torched Public Building in Puy-En-VelayPuy-en-Velay, in the Haute-Loire department, is the original constituency of The Republicans party chief and vocal Macron opponent Laurent Wauquiez. Macron arrived in Puy-en-Velay a few hours after his Prime Minister Edouard Philippe unveiled a series of measures to qualm the protest movement.



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Macron to call on U.S. funds to build French start-ups, not steal them

Macron to call on U.S. funds to build French start-ups, not steal themFrench President Emmanuel Macron will urge a visiting group of top Silicon Valley venture capitalists this week to invest in the nation’s start-ups while calling on them not to “steal” the best creations, four sources told Reuters. Executives from some of the biggest names in U.S. tech funding, including Andreessen Horowitz, Sequoia Capital and General Atlantic, are among the 40 expected in Paris on Wednesday and Thursday for a tour of the French startup scene. The two-day roadshow includes presentations from what sources called tech ‘superstars’ already investing in France as well as visits to hubs such as the Station F tech incubator in eastern Paris.



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Macron tells Saudi prince international experts needed in Khashoggi investigation

Macron tells Saudi prince international experts needed in Khashoggi investigationFrench President Emmanuel Macron told Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Friday that Europe would insist on international experts being part of the investigation into the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. In a five-minute exchange on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Argentina, Macron conveyed “very firm” messages to the prince over the killing and the need to find a political solution for the situation in Yemen, an Elysee official also said. The Saudi Gazette newspaper posted video of the meeting online showing the two speaking in hushed tones with their heads close together, Macron looking the crown prince in the eye and Prince Mohammed nodding his head and at times smiling.



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