Masked Macron and wife Brigitte vote in French local elections | AFP

French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte post their ballots at a polling station in Le Touquet for the second round of the French municipal elections. Ongoing concerns over the spread of coronavirus means the second round of the elections takes place with exceptional health precautions, three months after the first round was held. IMAGES

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External images of French president Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte voting in Le Touquet for the first round of the local elections. IMAGES

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French president Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte vote in Le Touquet for the first round of the local elections. IMAGES

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French President Macron hosts Spanish King Felipe VI at the Elysée Palace | AFP

French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte welcome Spanish King Felipe VI and his wife, Queen Letizia for lunch at the Elysée Palace. IMAGES

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Xi welcomes Macron at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People | AFP

Chinese President Xi Jinping welcomes French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. IMAGES

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Chinese President holds intimate dinner for the Macrons in Shanghai | AFP

Chinese President Xi Jinping offered French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte a warm welcome with lanterns, a tea ceremony and moonlight walk, capped by an intimate dinner in a beautiful Shanghai park. IMAGES

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G7 summit: Macron welcomes Trump, Johnson and Merkel | AFP

French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte welcome American President Donald Trump and his wife Melania, Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson and German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Biarritz lighthouse, as the G7 summit opens. IMAGES

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France’s Macron meets Japanese Emperor Naruhito | AFP

French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte meet with Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako. IMAGES

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D-Day: Trump and Macron arrive at Caen prefecture | AFP

French and US presidents Emmanuel Macron and Donald Trump, along with their wives Brigitte and Melania, arrive at the Caen prefecture, after commemorating the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings at the American cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer in Normandie. IMAGES

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D-Day: Trump and Macron arrive in Colleville-sur-mer | AFP

French and US presidents Emmanuel Macron and Donald Trump, joined by their wives Brigitte and Melania, arrive at the American cemetery in Colleville-sur-mer, ahead of a ceremony commemorating the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. IMAGES

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G20: Argentine president greets the Macrons

Argentine president Mauricio Macri and his wife Juliana welcome French president Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte at Casa Rosada in Buenos Aires, ahead of Friday’s G20 summit. IMAGES

Macron couple welcomed at Amalienborg Palace by Danish Royals(2)

Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte, on a state visit to Denmark, are welcomed by Queen Margrethe II, Crown Prince Fredrik of Denmark and his wife Mary at Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen. IMAGES of the family photo

Macron couple welcomed at Amalienborg Palace

Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte, on a three-day state visit to Denmark and Finland, are welcomed by Queen Margrethe II, Crown Prince Fredrik of Denmark and his wife Mary at Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen. IMAGES

4: Panel debat: Slachtoffers van de Hollandse Hennepoorlog

Ilonka Kamans
Ilonka Kamans is sinds 1995 advocaat en zit “al vele jaren ambtshalve in de hennep”. Veel coffeeshopondernemers behoren tot haar clientèle. Sinds haar beëdiging voert zij een strijd tegen het hypocriete achterdeurbeleid bij coffeeshops. Kamans heeft een belangrijke bijdrage geleverd aan de kentering in de jurisprudentie op dat vlak. Recent heeft ze zich vastgebeten in de aangescherpte wetgeving over rijden onder invloed van cannabis en de speekseltest.

Tabe en Brigitte
Tuesday, June 12 is not a great day for the Frisian couple Tabe Koopmans and Brigitte Boomsma. They had to move with their animals to a cowshed. Not voluntarily, of course, but because their municipality De Fryske Marren closed their rental house for 3 months because there were 45 cannabis plants + 120 back-up cuttings in the garden. This all happend after a disproportionate raid by a special police squad, 30 men, bulletproof vests. Tabe said earlier he would use his BEES to protect him and his animals.

Doede de Jong
De bekendste wietkweker van Nederland strijdt al decennia voor legalisering van de plant, die hij al sinds de vroege jaren tachtig kweekt bij zijn boerderij in het Friese Appelscha. Nog steeds hangt hem een zogenaamde ontnemingsvordering van €230.000 boven het hoofd. Doede leidt de maandelijkse VOC vergaderingen en verschijnt regelmatig in de media. Zijn motto: baas in eigen brein.

Rene Barendse
René (42) was ooit een sterke Westlander. Hij werkte voor Dura Vermeer als ingenieur toen hij dacht een griepje opgelopen te hebben. Het bleek echter een ernstige neurologische aandoening te zijn die zo ingrijpend was dat werken niet meer ging. “Pijn, pijn en nog eens pijn”, had hij toen hij na heel veel zware geneesmiddelen uit eigen initiatief wietolie ging proberen. “Ik had geen enkele ervaring met wiet. Nooit gerookt zelfs. Maar na een paar druppels van de olie merkte ik verlichting van de klachten.
De politie viel zijn achtertuin binnen en vernietigden ter plekke de heilzame planten. Het feit dat René niet alleen verklaringen van zijn behandelend artsen en zijn buren had, maakte geen indruk op de dienders. Ook niet dat hij van begin af aan open kaart had gespeeld en niet alleen de politie op de hoogte had gebracht van zijn planten, maar ook de gemeente Westland en het ministerie van Volksgezondheid.
De officier van justitie seponeerde de zaak, maar daar nam René geen genoegen mee. Zijn advocaat Barbalique Peters heeft de officier gevraagd om hem alsnog te vervolgen. “Dit is een principiële zaak”, zegt René. “Dit gaat over burgerrechten. Ik wil dat een rechter daar een uitspraak over doet. Daar komt bij dat als ik ontslagen word van alle rechtsvervolging de politie me voortaan met rust zal laten. Nu kunnen ze elk moment weer binnenstormen.”
Het hof geeft Rene gelijk en stelt dat de rechter zich over de kwestie moet buigen. Het hof neemt hierin ook de discussie over het gedoogbeleid rondom softdrugs mee. Een opmerkelijke uitspraak aangezien het nog niet eerder voorgekomen is dat iemand zichzelf voor het gerecht sleept en vraagt om zijn eigen veroordeling.

Maurice Veldman
Mr. Maurice Veldman, advocaat te Amsterdam. Hij is gespecialiseerd in straf- en bestuursrecht en geniet bekendheid als raadsman van coffeeshops en henneptelers die worstelen met de dagelijkse voor- en achterdeurproblematiek.

Putin welcomes Macron couple at Konstantin Palace

Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomes his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte at the Konstantin Palace in Saint Petersburg. Emmanuel Macron is in Russia to discuss the Iran nuclear deal as well as conflicts in Syria and Ukraine with Putin. IMAGES

French President Arrives at White House

French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte, arrived at the White House Monday. The presidents and their spouses were to helicopter together to Mount Vernon, Washington’s historic riverside home, for a private dinner this evening. (April 23)

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Macron Arrives in US for Trump Meetings

French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte arrived at Joint Base Andrews Monday afternoon for their three-day state visit to the U.S. (April 23)

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Macron calls for Europe-China alliance on climate, Silk Road

French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte visit the famous terracotta warriors in the northern Chinese city of Xian, the starting point of the ancient Silk Road. Macron is beginning his three-day visit to China in Xian as a gesture to Chinese President Xi Jinping’s colossal New Silk Road project, an ambitious initiative to connect Asia and Europe by road, rail and sea.

Macron begins China state visit at Silk Road gateway

French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte visit the famous terracotta warriors in the northern Chinese city of Xian, the starting point of the ancient Silk Road. Macron is beginning his three-day visit to China in Xian as a gesture to Chinese President Xi Jinping’s colossal New Silk Road project, an ambitious initiative to connect Asia and Europe by road, rail and sea. IMAGES

Emmanuel Macron arrives in Athens for two-day visit

The European Union must avoid any break in relations with Turkey, an “essential” partner on migration and terror issues, French President Emmanuel Macron said while beginning a two-day visit to Greece on Thursday with his wife Brigitte. IMAGES

Macron welcomes Trump to Eiffel Tower dinner

French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte on Thursday hosted US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania to dinner at the Joules Verne restaurant, halfway up the Eiffel Tower. IMAGES

Merkel drops opposition to same-sex marriage

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday softened for the first time her opposition to gay marriage, as her conservative party comes under growing pressure on the issue ahead of elections in September. Merkel made her comments during an interview with a women’s magazine, ‘Brigitte’. IMAGES AND SOUNDBITES.