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Emmanuel Macron uses new year’s message to say Brexit was born of ‘many lies and false promises’


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Emmanuel Macron told he’s making a ‘massive miscalculation’ that UK will negotiate next year


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French State’s Legal Adviser Warns Macron on Pension Reform

French State’s Legal Adviser Warns Macron on Pension Reform(Bloomberg) — Explore what’s moving the global economy in the new season of the Stephanomics podcast. Subscribe via Apple Podcast, Spotify or Pocket Cast.France’s supreme administrative jurisdiction warned there are gaps in the financial forecasts of President Emmanuel Macron‘s pension reform and said that it can’t guarantee the legal certainty of the bills his cabinet approved on Friday.The criticism from the Council of State, which has an advisory role to the government, is a blow to Macron as he attempts a systemic overhaul of the nation’s pension system in the face of mass protests and strikes.It may galvanize the opposition to the pension reform, which had been easing in recent days as the Paris public transport system resumed to an almost normal service and turnout at marches was lower than at the peak.“I’ve never read such a negative study from the Council of State,” Valerie Rabault, leader of the socialist opposition at the National Assembly, said in a post on Twitter.The council’s overarching complaint is that it had insufficient time and “serenity” to guarantee the “legal security” of its examination of the pension bills.“This situation is all the more regrettable because the bills lead to a reform of the pension system that is unprecedented since 1945 and aims to transform for decades to come a system that is a major component of the social contract,” the council said.Regarding the financial impact of the reform, the council had already warned the government that its studies were insufficient. But an expanded investigation that the government submitted on Jan. 15 “is still incomplete,” it said, and more analysis is needed of how the pension reform could affect employment rates of senior workers and the unemployment welfare system.To contact the reporter on this story: William Horobin in Paris at whorobin@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Fergal O'Brien at fobrien@bloomberg.net, Lars Paulsson, Kasper ViitaFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.



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Macron grows angry with Israeli security during church visit

Macron grows angry with Israeli security during church visitFrench President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday lost his temper with Israeli security agents during a visit to a French church in Jerusalem and angrily ordered one of them to leave the premises. The incident occurred during a spat between Israeli forces and Macron’s own security detail as he entered the Church of St. Anne. The church, located in Jerusalem’s Old City, is French state property and Macron did not want the Israeli guards leading him inside.



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Macron berates Israeli security men in tussle at Jerusalem church

Macron berates Israeli security men in tussle at Jerusalem churchJERUSALEM (Reuters) – “Go outside,” French President Emmanuel Macron demanded in English in a melee with Israeli security men on Wednesday, demanding they leave a Jerusalem basilica that he visited before a Holocaust memorial conference. The French tricolor has flown over the Church of St. Anne in Jerusalem’s walled Old City since it was gifted by the Ottomans to French Emperor Napoleon III in 1856. France views it as a provocation when Israeli police enter the church’s sandstone complex, in a part of Jerusalem captured and annexed by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war.



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Macron Government Pushes Pension Reform as Opposition Mounts

Macron Government Pushes Pension Reform as Opposition Mounts(Bloomberg) — French President Emmanuel Macron signaled willingness to “improve” his pension reform plan on Wednesday in an effort to end a standoff with unions that showed no sign of abating.Strikes that have gummed up the public transportation system, leaving millions to work out alternative ways of getting around, enter their third week on Thursday, with a fresh poll showing that support for the protests is growing.Union leaders met with French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe on Wednesday, with some remaining unconvinced ahead of further multilateral talks planned on Thursday. The head of the far-left CGT union, Philippe Martinez, repeated demands for Macron to abandon his pension plan following what he described as a 10-minute meeting with Philippe.“The longer the strike goes on, the more anger transforms itself into something else,” Martinez told reporters. “They can’t afford to hang about because the situation is complicated for them.”The government is seeking a truce during the holiday period to enable people to travel over Christmas but a group of unions including the CGT has called for further strikes and demonstrations through the end of the year unless Macron backs down.While Macron’s government has barreled through reforms of tax and labor laws, the current gridlock shows how deeply the French are wedded to their pension system. Reforming it is the crown jewel of Macron’s effort to modernize the country by merging 42 separate pension regimes into one universal points-based system and offering incentives to push back the age when workers retire to 64 from 62 in 2027.Macron won’t abandon the reforms, although he is open to improvements, government spokeswoman Sibeth Ndiaye said Wednesday. That’s notably around the retirement age, which the CFDT union — the country’s largest — has called a red line. The government has said it is open to propositions that still guarantee balanced accounts in 2027.Two polls published on Wednesday showed the popularity of Macron and Philippe has taken a knock during the protests, support for which is stable at 54%. Public opposition to the reforms has jumped eight points to 57%.“The French people are in favor of getting rid of special regimes, are divided on the creation of a points system, but are increasingly opposed to” raising the full-pension age to 64, pollster Elabe said.Of those interviewed, 49% want the government to carry out extensive changes to the government’s reform plan, while 26% want it to remain unchanged and 24% want it to be scrapped. For 46%, Macron and the government are responsible for the protests.Union DemonstrationsA third round of demonstrations and protest marches on Tuesday drew 615,000 people across the country, according to Interior Ministry figures, while the CGT union that has led the anti-reform movement counted 1.8 million, Agence France-Presse reported.“This doesn’t call into question the government’s determination to do this reform, which is a reform for all of the French,” Jean-Baptiste Djebbari, junior minister for transportation, said in an interview on CNews television on Wednesday. “There were fewer people in the streets yesterday than on Dec. 5.”The first march on Dec. 5, drew more than 800,000 people, the biggest turnout since Macron took office in May 2017. The second march on Dec. 10 had fewer than half that, according to the Interior Ministry.‘We’ll Be Back’Macron’s administration has said it could agree to roll back some aspects of the plan, but it promised to end the special status of many public service workers, from metro drivers to Paris Opera dancers.CFDT head Laurent Berger said Tuesday that his union, and seen as the most likely to embrace a reform, was ready to continue strikes in the new year if the government didn’t scrap plans to raise the full retirement age to 64. He reiterated that he supports a universal points-based pension system.Read more: Team Macron Ready to Ride Out Anything French Unions Throw at ItTransport HavocThe strikes are creating havoc for workers commuting on public transportation — mostly in and around Paris — and leading to hundreds of miles of traffic jams around the French capital.France’s Insee statistics agency said the protests would have a limited impact on economic growth, especially if unions suspend their action during the holiday season.Yet the strikes are fraying the nerves of commuters having to squeeze into the few trains and buses still running or sitting in miles of traffic jams.(Adds union comments, opinion polls)\–With assistance from William Horobin, Rudy Ruitenberg and Angeline Benoit.To contact the reporters on this story: Helene Fouquet in Paris at hfouquet1@bloomberg.net;James Regan in Paris at jregan65@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Ben Sills at bsills@bloomberg.net, ;Geraldine Amiel at gamiel@bloomberg.net, Vidya RootFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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'Jews are France', says Emmanuel Macron after 107 Jewish graves  desecrated in anti-Semitic attack

'Jews are France', says Emmanuel Macron after 107 Jewish graves  desecrated in anti-Semitic attackPresident Emmanuel Macron has pledged to fight anti-Semitism saying “Jews are and make France” after 107 graves were desecrated at a Jewish cemetery in the northeast of the country. The daubing of swastikas and other anti-Semitic graffiti on the graves at the cemetery in Westhoffen around 15 miles west of Strasbourg in the Alsace region was the latest racist attack to shock the country. "Jews are and make France," President Emmanuel Macron wrote on Twitter on Tuesday. "Those who attack them, even their graves, are not worthy of the idea we have of France." "Anti-Semitism is a crime and we will fight it in Westhoffen as everywhere until our dead can sleep in peace," he added. In response to the latest in a string of such acts of anti-Semitic vandalism, France is to open a national bureau to lead the fight against hate crimes. The office, which would be part of France's gendarmerie, will be charged with investigating this crime but also all anti-Semitic, anti-Muslim and anti-Christian acts,  said interior minister Christophe Castaner. France is to create a bureau against hate crimes Credit:  ARND WIEGMANN/ REUTERS "The Republic itself has been desecrated," said Mr Castaner said after visiting the cemetery, which dates from the 16th century.  The Alsace region has suffered a rash of racist vandalism over the past year, most notably the desecration of 96 tombs at a cemetery in Quatzenheim in February, which sparked nationwide outrage. The rising number of anti-Jewish offences reported to police – up 74 percent in 2018 from the previous year - has caused alarm in the country that is home to both the biggest Jewish and the biggest Muslim communities in Europe. Earlier this year, politicians from across the spectrum joined marches against anti-Semitism amid fears of a rise around the continent. They denounced a surge in attacks that some commentators blamed on incitement by Islamist preachers, others on the rise of anti-Zionism – opposition to the existence of Israel as a homeland for the Jewish people. The graves were desecrated just hours before French MPs adopted a resolution equating anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism. On Tuesday evening, French MPs approved a non-legally binding resolution modelled on the definition of anti-Semitism set by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA). The IHRA definition, which serves as an international guideline, does not reference “anti-Zionism” but does say denying Jews their right to self-determination is anti-Semitic. The World Jewish Congress hailed France’s step. “For too long too many have used the excuse that their obsessive criticism of Israel stands exclusive from their otherwise positive feelings for the Jewish people. Those days are now over,” it said. Debate over the resolution split Mr Macron’s ruling La Republique En Marche party, with some opponents saying it could smother freedom of expression in criticising the Israeli government. Backers said it merely targeted those who refused to recognise the existence of Israel or sought its destruction.



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'Would you like some nice ISIS fighters?' Trump trolls Macron at NATO summit

'Would you like some nice ISIS fighters?' Trump trolls Macron at NATO summitIn a testy exchange on the sidelines of the NATO summit in London Tuesday, President Trump clashed with French President Emmanuel Macron over what to do with 2,000 foreign Islamic State fighters being held in Syria.



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Poland says France's Macron comments on NATO "dangerous" -FT

Poland says France's Macron comments on NATO "dangerous" -FTFrench President Emmanuel Macron’s critical remarks about NATO were “dangerous”, Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said in an interview published on Sunday evening by the Financial Times. Macron told The Economist last week that NATO was experiencing “brain death”, citing a lack of coordination and U.S. unpredictability under President Donald Trump. NATO was “the most important alliance in the world when it comes to preserving freedom and peace” and Macron’s questioning of whether its members could still be counted on to defend each other was “dangerous”, Morawiecki said, according to the FT.



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France's Macron says NATO suffering 'brain death', questions U.S. commitment

France's Macron says NATO suffering 'brain death', questions U.S. commitmentFrench President Emmanuel Macron, in an interview with British weekly The Economist, warned fellow European countries that they could no longer rely on the United States to defend North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies. "What we are currently experiencing is the brain death of NATO," Macron was quoted as saying.



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