Macron meets Lebanese president Aoun for talks following Beirut blast | AFP

French president Emmanuel Macron arrives at Lebanon’s presidential palace for talks with with country’s president, Michel Aoun, two days after the violent explosions that killed at least 137 people and injured 5,000 in Beirut.

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Lebanon will ‘continue to sink’ without reforms, Macron warns | AFP

Without reforms, Lebanon, ravaged by a serious political and economic crisis, “will continue to sink”, warns French President Emmanuel Macron upon his arrival in Beirut two days after the deadly explosions in the capital. TO COMPLETE VIDI1WB79C_ENN°1WB7IQ

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France’s Macron arrives in Lebanon after deadly blast | AFP

French President Emmanuel Macron arrives in Lebanon for a snap visit of support following an explosion at Beirut port that killed more than 130 people and caused widespread destruction.

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Merkel and Macron hail EU virus recovery deal after ‘longest’ summit | AFP

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron hail a historic deal reached at the end of a marathon four-day summit on a coronavirus economic recovery package.

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Deadlocked: Squabbling EU leaders leave virus rescue package summit | AFP

Around 6 A.M, German chancelor Angela Merkel, Hungarian Prime minister Viktor Orban, French President Emmanuel Macron and other leaders leave a deadlocked summit on a huge coronavirus rescue package. The marathon talks have failed to yield agreement over the size and rules for a 750-billion-euro ($860-billion) package of loans and grants to help drag Europe out of a recession caused by the pandemic. The squabbling leaders are set to meet again later on Monday.

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EU leaders arrive at European Council on third day of negotiations | AFP

Angela Merkel, Ursula von der Leyen, Mark Rutte and Emmanuel Macron arrive at the European Council building in Brussels on the third day of negotiations on a huge post-virus recovery plan for the shattered European economy.

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European leaders meet for 2nd day on recovery plan | AFP

European Council President Charle Michel meets leaders Angela Merkel (Germany), Emmanuel Macron (France), Giuseppe Conte (Italy), Pedro Sanchez (Spain) and Mark Rutte (Netherlands) on the second day of a summit to agree on a post-virus economic recovery plan.

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EU leaders arrive at European Council on second day of negotiations | AFP

Angela Merkel, Ursula von der Leyen, Mark Rutte and Emmanuel Macron arrive for the second day of an EU summit at the European Council building in Brussels. The leaders of the European Union are holding their first face-to-face summit over a post-virus economic rescue plan.

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France, Sweden talk EU recovery ahead of summit | AFP

French President Emmanuel Macron meets Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven at the Elysée Palace, to discuss the EU’s €750 billion recovery plan ahead of an EU summit in Brussels on Friday and Saturday.

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Macron welcomes Spanish PM Sanchez ahead of EU summit | AFP

Emmanuel Macron welcomes Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez to the Elysée Palace to prepare for a European summit on July 17 and 18. IMAGES

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Healthcare workers’ protest in Paris joined by “yellow vests” | AFP

Anti-government demonstrators march through Paris as six organisations, including the CGT-Santé union, call for a “national day of action”. French President Emmanuel Macron hosted a subdued Bastille Day ceremony to honour the country’s medical workers amid the coronavirus pandemic. IMAGES of protest

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Macron arrives at downsized Bastille Day | AFP

French president Emmanuel Macron arrives to Place de la Concorde to celebrate Bastille Day. For the first time since 1945, authorities have called off the annual military parade along the Champs-Elysees in Paris that marks the July 14, 1789, storming of the Bastille fortress that launched the French Revolution. Just 2,000 soldiers — half the usual number — gather at the Place de la Concorde. IMAGES

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Bastille day: medical staff applauded on Concorde square | AFP

Medical staff in white coats join the ranks of the military under the loud applause of French President Emmanuel Macron and all the audience, during the Bastille day ceremony at Concorde square in Paris. This year’s celebration is honouring the mobilisation of the armies and hospitals too fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. IMAGES

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Macron addresses military community ahead of Bastille Day | AFP

President Emmanuel Macron emphasises the “greatness” of the armies to “give way to the women and men in white coats who fought” against the coronavirus at the traditional reception for the military community on the eve of July 14. The 2020 edition of the national holiday, in the reduced COVID-19 format, will be dedicated to the units mobilized during the health crisis. IMAGES

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Macron, Merkel host videoconference summit for Serbia-Kosovo conflict | AFP

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are initiating a videoconference summit to “relaunch dialogue” between Serbia and Kosovo, which has been in conflict for 18 months. Belgrade still refuses to recognise the independence of its former southern province after the bloody war in the late 1990s. IMAGES

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French PM Castex meets Senate president Larcher | AFP

France’s new prime minister, Jean Castex, arrives in the courtyard of the Senate to meet its President Gérard Larcher. Castex was appointed last week by president Emmanuel Macron, following the resignation of Edouard Philippe amid a cabinet reshuffle. IMAGES

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Macron arrives in Mauritania for Sahel anti-jihad summit | AFP

Emmanuel Macron arrives in Mauritania for the Sahel summit, welcomed on his descent from the plane by the Mauritanian President, Mohamed Ould Cheikh El Ghazouani. Along with four other presidents of Sahel countries, they are to take stock of their common struggle against the region’s jihadists. IMAGES

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French PM Philippe meets with citizens’ climate collective at Elysee Palace | AFP

French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe arrives at the Élysée Palace to speak with president Emmanuel Macron after his local election victory at Le Havre on Sunday. Philippe takes members of the Citizens’ Convention for the Climate in to the Palace for talks with Macron. The work of the Convention has resulted in nearly 150 proposals, to which Macron is expected to offer initial solutions or counter-proposals. IMAGES

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Historic victory of ecologist candidate in Bordeaux | AFP

Ecologist Pierre Hurmic is celebrating his victory in Bordeaux, surrounded by supporters, after defeating outgoing mayor Nicolas Florian in the second round of municipal elections. France’s Greens celebrated major gains across the country during a vote marked by record-low turnout and the failure of President Emmanuel Macron’s ruling party to make any significant impact. IMAGES

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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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France’s Macron holds videoconference with Russian president Putin | AFP

At the Elysée Palace, French President Emmanuel Macron talks to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin by videoconference. They discuss the military parade celebrating the 1945 victory which has just taken place in Moscow, the “strategic dialogue” engaged between their two countries, as well as current crises, such as Libya or Syria. IMAGES

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Emmanuel Macron meets French labour unions to ‘save jobs’ | AFP

Three weeks after the launch of a consultation to “save jobs”, Emmanuel Macron is once again meeting with unions to unveil initial decisions, notably on the new long-term technical unemploymentw scheme. IMAGES

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Macron welcomes trade unions, experts for post-crisis employment talks | AFP

Three weeks after the launch of a consultation to “save jobs”, French president Emmanuel Macron again welcomes trade union leaders, ministers and the boss of France’s national businesses collective (MEDEF, Eds.) to the Elysée Palace for talks, notably on the new long-term partial-unemployment scheme. IMAGES

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Macron a ‘murderer’ if French police chokehold not banned, says victim’s father | AFP

The father of a delivery man who was killed in January during an identity check by Paris police issues a stark warning to President Emmanuel Macron, saying he is ‘a murderer’ if he doesn’t stop police from using the chokehold manoeuvre. Cédric Chouviat, a 42-year-old father-of-five, reportedly said he couldn’t breathe seven times in 22 seconds as the officers appeared to pin him down. Four police officers have now been questioned over his death.

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