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This Nation to Make Condoms Free for Anyone 25 and Under

They'll be available to young people, even minors, in pharmacies across France starting Jan. 1

(Newser) - Young people of France, rejoice—you're about to start the new year with free condoms. President Emmanuel Macron has announced that, starting Jan. 1, anyone up to and including 25 years of age will be able to find the rubber contraceptive device at no charge in pharmacies across the...

Celebs Descend on White House for Biden's First State Dinner

President hosted French leader at glitzy event

(Newser) - Glamour returned to the White House Thursday night as President Biden hosted his first state dinner. It was the first one the building has seen since September 2019, when then-President Trump hosted Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. As with the first state dinner of Trump's presidency, the guest of...

Biden Sets Terms for Talks With Putin About Ukraine

Macron says he expects another conversation with Russian leader soon

(Newser) - President Biden said Thursday he's willing to talk with Russian President Vladimir Putin about stopping the fighting in Ukraine—under certain conditions he said Putin has not yet met. The president made the comments at the White House while hosting French President Emmanuel Macron. The war in Ukraine has...

Russian Pranksters Trick Polish Leader. Again

This time, callers pose as French leader Macron

(Newser) - Russian comedians pretending to be the French president tricked the Polish president, Andrzej Duda, into giving them sensitive information after a missile exploded in eastern Poland last week. Duda's office confirmed on Tuesday that he was put through last week to a person claiming to be France's president,...

Macron Rivals, Nobel Laureate March Against Inflation

Demonstrators increase pressure on government

(Newser) - Thousands of protesters, including France's newly crowned Nobel literature laureate, piled into the streets of Paris on Sunday, in a show of anger against the bite of rising prices and pressure on the government of President Emmanuel Macron. The march for wage increases and other demands was organized by...

Ukrainian Nuclear Plant Shuts Down Last Reactor

Reconnected power lines will be used for cooling No. 6, operator says

(Newser) - The operator of Ukraine's Zaporizhzhia power plant, now held by Russian forces, announced Sunday they're shutting down its last operating reactor. Energoatom said electrical power is again flowing to the plant, which will be used to cool Reactor No. 6, NPR reports. For several days, the reactor has...

Report: Trump Claimed to Have Inside Info on Macron's Sex Life

There may be a connection to document seized from Mar-a-Lago

(Newser) - Rolling Stone describes Donald Trump as a "notorious gossip peddler"—and it reports that after the FBI search on his Mar-a-Lago estate, some are wondering whether he shared salacious material from intelligence briefings. Sources tell Rolling Stone that during and after his time as president, Trump boasted...

Macron Addresses French Role in Sending Children to Deaths

President denounces Nazi collaborators and promises to end Holocaust denial

(Newser) - French President Emmanuel Macron decried his Nazi-collaborator predecessors and rising antisemitism, vigorously vowing to stamp out Holocaust denial as he paid homage Sunday to thousands of French children sent to death camps 80 years ago for one reason alone: They were Jewish. Family by family, house by house, French police...

Divided Lawmakers Back Step Toward Joining EU

US endorses plan for North Macedonia to first meet demands by Bulgaria

(Newser) - After a three-day debate that included protests inside and outside parliament, North Macedonia lawmakers endorsed a plan on Saturday that could put it on a path toward joining the European Union. The compromise brokered by France first would settle a dispute with Bulgaria, which has blocked membership for North Macedonia,...

After Defeat, Macron Faces Pressure to Build a Bloc

Parties at the extremes call for prime minister to resign

(Newser) - Update: France's opposition parties called on President Emmanuel Macron to assemble a coalition to fill the void after parliamentary elections left him without a majority on Sunday. Macron is unlikely to be able to pass his agenda, Reuters reports, unless he finds support elsewhere. The far right and far...

Russia: First Attack on Kyiv in Weeks Ruined Donated Tanks

Things had been quiet in the capital for 5 weeks

(Newser) - Things had largely been quiet in Kyiv in the past five weeks as Russia focused its attacks on Eastern Ukraine's Donbas region. That changed early Sunday. The BBC reports the normalcy that had seemingly begun to return to the capital was shattered by a number of explosions, with Russia...

Ukraine Argues With Macron on Humiliating Russia

French president had urged leaving a path for diplomacy, which didn't impress Ukrainian official

(Newser) - Ukraine's government made clear Saturday that it doesn't share French President Emmanuel Macron's concern about embarrassing Russia. "We must not humiliate Russia so that the day when the fighting stops we can build an exit ramp through diplomatic means," Macron had said in an interview...

Pressured to Negotiate, Putin Warns About Sanctions

Macron, Scholz hold 80-minute call with Russian leader

(Newser) - In an 80-minute phone call Saturday, the leaders of Germany and France pressed Russian President Vladimir Putin to begin "serious negotiations" with Ukraine to end the fighting. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron "insisted on an immediate ceasefire and a withdrawal of Russian troops,"...

At Inauguration, Macron Suggests 'New Method' of Rule

Easing France's social tensions is among the goals listed for a second term

(Newser) - French President Emmanuel Macron was inaugurated for a second term on Saturday, vowing to take action to avoid any further escalation of Russia's war in Ukraine and promising he would promote France and Europe on the world stage. Macron was reelected for five years after winning the April 24...

May Day Rallies Want More of Governments
Workers' Demonstrations
Pressure Governments

Workers' Demonstrations Pressure Governments

Protesters clash with police in cities around the world

(Newser) - Tens of thousands of people marched Sunday in cities around Europe for May Day protests to honor workers and shame governments into doing more for their citizens. In France, protesters shouted slogans against newly reelected President Emmanuel Macron, a development that may set the tone for his second term, the...

Macron Defeats Le Pen
France Reelects Macron

France Reelects Macron

Le Pen promises to keep fighting president's policies

(Newser) - Emmanuel Macron became the first French president to be elected to a second term on Sunday, defeating far-right challenger Marine Le Pen. At closing time for the polls, projections showed the incumbent's winning margin to be about 58% to 42%, Axios reports. Polls during the campaign generally had shown...

World Has Eyes on France
World Has Eyes on France

World Has Eyes on France

Macron tries to fend off far-right challenge Marine Le Pen in runoff election

(Newser) - The voting is underway in France , where President Emmanuel Macron hopes to become the first French leader in 20 years to win reelection. The vote, however, is seen as one with potentially huge global implications as well should far-right challenger Marine Le Pen pull off an upset, given her longtime...

Macron Clashes With Le Pen in Key Debate

Polls show Macron came out on top, though many voters consider him 'arrogant'

(Newser) - Watching presidential debates and getting rid of incumbents are both popular activities in France, so the stakes were very high for French President Emmanuel Macron in his televised debate against far-right challenger Marine Le Pen on Wednesday night. The second-round face-off is "seen as the time when presidential destinies...

Headscarves Become Sticking Point in French Election

Rivals Marine Le Pen, Emmanuel Macron confronted by Muslims ahead of presidential runoff

(Newser) - Muslim headscarves took center stage in France's presidential campaign Friday amid far-right candidate Marine Le Pen's push to ban them in the country with Western Europe's largest Muslim population. Both she and rival Emmanuel Macron, facing a tightly contested April 24 runoff, were confronted by women in...

Unlike Biden, Macron Still Won't Use the Word 'Genocide'

The French President doesn't think heightened rhetoric will lead to peace

(Newser) - French President Emmanual Macron said Wednesday he still prefers the term "war crimes" over "genocide" in reference to events in Ukraine, per the Hill. Macron said he wants to "stop the war and build peace," and he worries such rhetoric will only raise tensions. For his...

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