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French President Emmanuel Macron arrives in Brussels, on Thursday.
It is often said that in their president the French like to elect a king. But for one to be able to rule he also needs a parliamentary majority, a wish French voters have consistently granted in the Fifth Republic. So, too, for Emmanuel Macron, whose new LREM party looks set win an overwhelming parliamentary majority, cementing his remarkable political revolution from the center of French politics. He is now the first elected man under 40 in world history with nuclear launch codes.Yes, Macron has been lucky. Front-runner Francois Fillon imploded on corruption charges and the Socialists nominated a far-left candidate, leaving the center of French politics wide open. But that does not change the fact that in politics the ri

canberra's french citizens prepare for macron-le pen presidential election

The importance of Sunday's French presidential election has been felt from the Seine to the Molonglo.French citizens living in Canberra will be among the first to cast their ballots in the final round of voting in an election that will determine whether centrist Emmanuel Macron or far-right Marine Le Pen becomes their country's next leader.
ANU student and French citizen Marie Heloury will cast her vote in the presidential runoff election on Sunday. Photo: Rohan ThomsonThe European nation's election has secured extra attention outside the Francosphere this year due to neither major party candidate making it through to the final two-person election.For Australian National University student and French voter Marie Heloury, the election marked an important point in France's history.
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presstv-france police attack protest over death of black man

Clashes have broken out between French security officers and a group of protesters, who were out on the streets in Paris on Sunday to censure the death of a young black man in police custody.Police fired tear gas to disperse the protesters chanting “justice” at the Gare du Nord station in the French capital, where the black man was arrested last month.

the death of french politics | france

Jean-Marie wasn’t the only one to have a problem with Le Pen’s proposal. Following the announcement, the president of an already existing political movement called ‘Rassemblement National’ threatened Le Pen with a legal challenge over the name.The proposed name change still has to be voted on by party members, but whether it changes or not it doesn’t look like the popularity of Le Pen or the party will be increasing any time soon. A recent poll taken for Franceinfo showed 66 per cent of French people have never voted for the FN and would not consider doing so.Yet while the FN’s popularity has stagnated, the picture isn’t much better for the other opposition parties in France. In fact, a survey from last October (six months after the election), asking French people how they would vote if th

the death of french politics | france

Jean-Marie wasn’t the only one to have a problem with Le Pen’s proposal. Following the announcement, the president of an already existing political movement called ‘Rassemblement National’ threatened Le Pen with a legal challenge over the name.The proposed name change still has to be voted on by party members, but whether it changes or not it doesn’t look like the popularity of Le Pen or the party will be increasing any time soon. A recent poll taken for Franceinfo showed 66 per cent of French people have never voted for the FN and would not consider doing so.Yet while the FN’s popularity has stagnated, the picture isn’t much better for the other opposition parties in France. In fact, a survey from last October (six months after the election), asking French people how they would vote if th

the death of french politics | france

Jean-Marie wasn’t the only one to have a problem with Le Pen’s proposal. Following the announcement, the president of an already existing political movement called ‘Rassemblement National’ threatened Le Pen with a legal challenge over the name.The proposed name change still has to be voted on by party members, but whether it changes or not it doesn’t look like the popularity of Le Pen or the party will be increasing any time soon. A recent poll taken for Franceinfo showed 66 per cent of French people have never voted for the FN and would not consider doing so.Yet while the FN’s popularity has stagnated, the picture isn’t much better for the other opposition parties in France. In fact, a survey from last October (six months after the election), asking French people how they would vote if th

landslide majority in sight for macron as france elects parliament

The vote comes just a month after the 39-year-old former banker became the youngest head of state in modern French history, promising to clean up French politics and revive the euro zone's second biggest economy.Turnout, though, could touch record lows, in a sign of voter fatigue after seven months of campaigning and voting, but also of disillusionment and anger with politics that could eventually complicate Macron's reform drive.Macron's centrist Republic on the Move (LREM) party is barely more than a year old, yet pollsters project it will win as many as 75-80 percent of seats in the 577-seat lower house."People know it's already a done deal," Alex Mpoy, a 38-year-old security guard told Reuters TV, echoing the apathy of many voters who intend to abstain.Related readingLandslide majority

landslide majority in sight for macron as france elects parliament

The vote comes just a month after the 39-year-old former banker became the youngest head of state in modern French history, promising to clean up French politics and revive the euro zone's second biggest economy.Turnout, though, could touch record lows, in a sign of voter fatigue after seven months of campaigning and voting, but also of disillusionment and anger with politics that could eventually complicate Macron's reform drive.Macron's centrist Republic on the Move (LREM) party is barely more than a year old, yet pollsters project it will win as many as 75-80 percent of seats in the 577-seat lower house."People know it's already a done deal," Alex Mpoy, a 38-year-old security guard told Reuters TV, echoing the apathy of many voters who intend to abstain.Related readingLandslide majority

google’s little cylinder arrives in france this august

According to the official Google France blog, Google Home will be available starting August 3, and of course, this means every Google Home device will soon speak French as well.See also:Google Home review – the future of the home?November 18, 2016For quite some time now, Google has been saying that French would be the next language that Google Assistant will pick up. It’s true that since the launch of Google Home in Canada, users have been able to communicate with the smart speaker in Canadian French, but now it’s time for French French. As promised at Google I/O this year, France will indeed be the next country to get the Google Assistant-powered speaker.Google Home will be available for €149 online in France starting August 3, and it’ll be available offline in select stores starting Augu

france: emmanuel macron inaugurated as french president

(PARIS) — Emmanuel Macron was inaugurated Sunday as France's new president at the Elysee palace in Paris, and immediately launched into his mission to shake up French politics, world economics and the European Union.The 39-year-old Macron is the youngest president in the country's history and the 8th president of France's Fifth Republic, which was created in 1958. A former economy minister with pro-business, pro-European views, Macron is the first French president who doesn't originate from one of the country's two mainstream parties.Macron takes charge of a nation that, when Britain leaves the European Union in 2019, will become the EU's only member with nuclear weapons and a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council.He met for an hour with his predecessor, Francois Hollande, in the pre

landslide majority in sight for macron as france elects parliament

Pollsters are forecasting French President Emmanuel Macron's party will win up to 80 per cent of the seats in France's lower house of parliament in Sunday's poll. French voters are expected to hand President Emmanuel Macron a landslide majority in parliament on Sunday, a second election triumph for him after his presidential victory and one which should allow him to embark on deep social and economic reforms.Just a month after the 39-year-old ex-banker became the youngest head of state in modern French history, pollsters forecast his centrist Republic on the Move (LREM) party will win as many as 75-80 per cent of seats in the lower house of parliament.Turnout, though, could touch record lows, in a sign of voter fatigue after seven months of roller-coaster campaigning and voting, but also o

landslide majority in sight for macron as france elects parliament

Pollsters are forecasting French President Emmanuel Macron's party will win up to 80 per cent of the seats in France's lower house of parliament in Sunday's poll. French voters are expected to hand President Emmanuel Macron a landslide majority in parliament on Sunday, a second election triumph for him after his presidential victory and one which should allow him to embark on deep social and economic reforms.Just a month after the 39-year-old ex-banker became the youngest head of state in modern French history, pollsters forecast his centrist Republic on the Move (LREM) party will win as many as 75-80 per cent of seats in the lower house of parliament.Turnout, though, could touch record lows, in a sign of voter fatigue after seven months of roller-coaster campaigning and voting, but also o

amazon primed to hire 2,000 new employees in france

The 2,000 new jobs will take Amazon's overall workforce in France to 7,500US online shopping giant Amazon said Thursday it plans to create 2,000 permanent full-time jobs in France this year as consumers are making more and more of their purchases via the internet.
"The jobs are at all levels of skills" even if "the overwhelming majority of the positions are for fulfilling orders," Amazon's director in France Frederic Duval told AFP.The new jobs will be across Amazon's distribution centres in France, as well as its offices in the Paris region, and take overall staff to 7,500.Amazon said it has invested more than two billion euros ($2.5 billion) in France since 2010 and created more than 1,500 jobs in France last year.However Amazon, along with other US tech companies, has also been at log

france elections: reclaiming the colors of the french flag

As Emmanuel Macron emerged from the Louvre on Sunday night, to greet thousands of his supporters, a sea of blue, white and red flags welcomed France’s new president. Moving in unison, these colors brought to life France’s motto of liberty, equality and fraternity — and, as photographer Christopher Anderson tells TIME, the prevalence of the flag reinforced for Macron's supporters the sentiment behind a national symbol that many of them may have worried had been co-opted by the far right.In Bleu, Blanc, Rouge, Anderson’s new body of work, the Canada-born, Texas-raised photographer seeks the colors of the French flag, in an attempt to understand a country that he’s gradually adopting as his own. Married to a French woman, with two half-French children, and in the process of officially becomin

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During a joint press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris, President Trump touted the “very good” relationship between the U.S. and France.

'french elvis' johnny hallyday dies at the age of 74

Johnny Hallyday, France's king of rock who has died aged 74 after a battle with lung cancer, was a leather-clad would-be Elvis who earned love and scorn over five decades spent belting out American rock 'n' roll.While he was never taken seriously abroad, Hallyday was by far the best-known rocker in France."There is something of Johnny in all of us," said the French presidency in a statement after his wife Laeticia announced his death early on Wednesday.Former president Nicolas Sarkozy -- an adoring fan who once tried to tempt him back from tax exile in Switzerland -- said he represented "part of our personal history... our memories and emotions".French singer Johnny Hallyday performs during a concert in Prague, Czechoslovakia, July 1, 1966CTKKnown simply as Johnny, Hallyday sold more than

presstv-france vote

France has held a crucial presidential election. The far-right candidate Marine Le Penn and The centrist Emanuel Macron have headed to the second round. The vote was seen as a crucial test for the popularity of Le Penn. She’s been a vocal critic of the European Union and vowed to push for anti-Islam and anti-immigration policies in France, if she’d elected as the president.  Yet Macron’s lead the first round is seen as victory for mainstream politics in France. And his eventual presidency would be interpreted as a big win for the European Union values.  But how do world media view the outcome of the first round of the French election?

costco france food court french menu comparison

It's fascinating to see what Costco food courts serve in different countries. The facilities all look more or less the same from one Costco to another, but the food court menus vary pretty widely by location. In Canada the food courts serve poutine; in Britain the food courts serve stuffed baked potatoes and cottage pie. Even France has Costco, and the food courts there sell melty ham and cheese croissants with mustard that look positively delicious.
Over on the Costco forum on Reddit, a user going by fistibal posted a photo of a French Costco food court.
"Hello from France!" fistibal wrote.
Hello from France!
Immediately, everyone began poring over the photo looking to see what French Costco members have that the rest of us don't.
One of the first things people noticed is that Costc

presstv-military copters crash in south france, 5 killed

At least five people have died in an incident during which two French military helicopters belonging to an army flight training school crashed in southern France.The incident took place around halfway between Marseille and Nice on Friday.Security sources and a local authority official put the death toll at five, although that is yet to be confirmed. According to regional newspaper Var-Matin, emergency services have set up a crisis center to coordinate the search and rescue effort.The choppers were both of the Gazelle type, a French five-seat helicopter commonly used for light transport, scouting, and light attack duties, reports indicated.  There were no immediate details on what caused the crash.

donald trump less popular than vladimir putin in france

President Donald Trump doesn't have many fans in France.Almost 82% of French voters view Trump unfavorably, according to a recent Suffolk University poll. That means Trump is more unpopular France than Russian President Vladimir Putin, who 70% of French voters view unfavorably. Other world leaders also have better reputations among French voters, including Chinese President Xi Jinping (with about 43% viewing him unfavorable), British Prime Minister Theresa May (about 40%) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (just 22%).Former President Barack Obama was the most popular of current and former world leaders measured in the study with just 7% of French voters viewing him unfavorably.The survey was released last week just before France elected centrist Emmanuel Macron — who was the most popular

french court annuls google's $1.27 billion back tax bill

In this file photo dated Wednesday, May 17, 2017, Google CEO Sundar Pichai delivers the keynote address for the Google I/O conference in Mountain View, Calif. USA. The Paris administrative court on Wednesday July 12, 2017, in French has annulled a 1.11 billion-euro (US dlrs 1.27 billion) tax adjustment imposed on the Californian firm by France's tax authorities. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, FILE)A French court annulled a 1.1 billion-euro ($1.27 billion) tax adjustment imposed on Google by France's tax authorities, saying Wednesday that the way the California firm operates in France allows it to be exempt from most taxes.

The French tax administration had argued that Google was required to pay taxes in France for 2005-2010 because the American company and its Irish subsidiary sold a service

french election: nice attack fresh in the minds of voters

Opinion polls show two political outsiders locked in a battle to win the first round of the French presidential election. Just weeks out from the first round of voting in the French election, former banker Emmanuel Macron and National Front leader Marine Le Pen have a quarter of the vote each.Nine months after a Tunisian-born French man drove a cargo truck through the Nice crowd, the only signs left of the Bastille Day horror are the heavily armed soldiers patrolling the iconic promenade and a faded floral tribute.For the many hundreds of survivors, it's one day at a time and outdoor group therapy sessions help to clear their minds - at least for a moment."People know but they didn't see it, they didn't smell it, so they can't understand, nobody can understand," survivor Martine said."So w

french election: nice attack fresh in the minds of voters

Opinion polls show two political outsiders locked in a battle to win the first round of the French presidential election. Just weeks out from the first round of voting in the French election, former banker Emmanuel Macron and National Front leader Marine Le Pen have a quarter of the vote each.Nine months after a Tunisian-born French man drove a cargo truck through the Nice crowd, the only signs left of the Bastille Day horror are the heavily armed soldiers patrolling the iconic promenade and a faded floral tribute.For the many hundreds of survivors, it's one day at a time and outdoor group therapy sessions help to clear their minds - at least for a moment."People know but they didn't see it, they didn't smell it, so they can't understand, nobody can understand," survivor Martine said."So w

french election: nice attack fresh in the minds of voters

Opinion polls show two political outsiders locked in a battle to win the first round of the French presidential election. Just weeks out from the first round of voting in the French election, former banker Emmanuel Macron and National Front leader Marine Le Pen have a quarter of the vote each.Nine months after a Tunisian-born French man drove a cargo truck through the Nice crowd, the only signs left of the Bastille Day horror are the heavily armed soldiers patrolling the iconic promenade and a faded floral tribute.For the many hundreds of survivors, it's one day at a time and outdoor group therapy sessions help to clear their minds - at least for a moment."People know but they didn't see it, they didn't smell it, so they can't understand, nobody can understand," survivor Martine said."So w

french election: nice attack fresh in the minds of voters

Opinion polls show two political outsiders locked in a battle to win the first round of the French presidential election. Just weeks out from the first round of voting in the French election, former banker Emmanuel Macron and National Front leader Marine Le Pen have a quarter of the vote each.Nine months after a Tunisian-born French man drove a cargo truck through the Nice crowd, the only signs left of the Bastille Day horror are the heavily armed soldiers patrolling the iconic promenade and a faded floral tribute.For the many hundreds of survivors, it's one day at a time and outdoor group therapy sessions help to clear their minds - at least for a moment."People know but they didn't see it, they didn't smell it, so they can't understand, nobody can understand," survivor Martine said."So w

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