Tag: France

FRANCE: Emmanuel Macron plays EU ANTHEM after French election victory

In the past French politicians have announced their victory to the sound of La Marseillaise, which has stood as their anthem for hundreds of years. But Mr Macron, who has gained support from major European figures including Jean-Claude Juncker and Angela Merkel, instead blasted the anthem of Europe ‘Ode to Joy’ from the speakers as […]

French Election: Centrist Emmanuel Macron Wins Presidency Over Marine Le Pen

Centrist politician Emmanuel Macron won the French presidential election on Sunday over far-right candidate Marine Le Pen. At 39, Macron will be France’s youngest leader since Napoleon Bonaparte. “I called Emmanuel Macron tonight to congratulate him warmly on his election as President of the Republic,” current President Francois Hollande said in a statement. Hollande said […]

France has evidence Assad used chemical weapons

France’s intelligence services have evidence that the Syrian government carried out the alleged chemical weapons attack on a rebel village earlier this month, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said on Wednesday. “There is an investigation underway… it’s a question of days and we will provide proof that the regime carried out these strikes,” Ayrault told […]

How France’s presidential election could break – or make – the EU

With two convinced Eurosceptics and an equally fervent pro-European among the four contenders with a chance of reaching the run-off, France’s too-tight-to-call presidential election could conceivably break – or make – the EU. European officials and diplomats appear generally unconvinced that France, a core member of the bloc, will actually leave – an idea touted, […]

French aliya climbs amid rise in antisemitism

Less than a week before the Jewish Agency Board of Governors is scheduled to convene in Tel Aviv for its annual conference, the head of its French delegation said aliya rates continue to soar in France, amid ongoing antisemitism and the agency’s outreach and education efforts. During an interview with Daniel Benhaim, who oversees the […]

French grocery store labels Israeli products as ‘settlement produce’

The first French supermarket has labeled Israeli products as “Made in Israeli Settlements.” This comes after the French Government instituted a policy of labeling Israeli produce grown in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Golan Heights as “settlement products” two months ago The signs were first seen at the Auchan supermarket chain in the […]

Jewish American leaders urge France to cancel peace conference

Leaders of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations on Friday called on French President Francois Hollande to cancel or, at least, postpone the international meeting on Middle East peace his country has scheduled for January 15, 2017 in Paris. In a statement, Stephen M. Greenberg, Chairman, and Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman […]

France’s election shows Europe’s line against Russia is fraying

VLADIMIR PUTIN must wonder what he did right. From the refugee crisis to Brexit, Europe’s troubles have allowed the Russian president to portray himself as a bulwark of stability in a region of chaos. America’s election brought an apparent Kremlin sympathiser to the White House. And now France is on the same track. François Fillon’s […]

France becomes first European country to label items from Israeli settlements

France has said goods from the Israeli occupied Palestinian territories must be labelled as such, prompting Israel to accuse the country of aiding a boycott of the Jewish State. Paris published guidelines on enforcing European Union (EU) regulations on produce from the West Bank, including annexed east Jerusalem, which the international community considers occupied Palestinian land, and the […]

France presses ahead with peace conference

France intends to push ahead with an international Mideast peace conference despite Israel’s objections and the election of Donald Trump as US president, a French Foreign Ministry representative said on Thursday. A report in Maariv on Thursday said that French President François Hollande, attending the Climate Change Conference in Marrakech, told its correspondent that “the […]