Macron visits Biarritz to prepare for G7 summit in August

French President Emmanuel Macron arrives in Biarritz to prepare for the G7 summit to be held there from August 24 to 26. IMAGES

Funeral caskets of fallen French soldiers arrive at Invalides

The decorated funeral caskets of French soldiers Cédric de Pierrepont, 33, and Alain Bertoncello, 28, are carried by colleagues into the Cour d’Honneur at the Invalides national military complex in Paris. The soldiers, killed during a raid to free hostages in Burkina Faso, are honoured during a national ceremony presided over by Emmanuel Macron. IMAGES

Parisians pay tribute to troops killed in Burkina Faso raid

Parisians pay tribute to the two soldiers killed during a raid to rescue four hostages in Burkina Faso, as the funeral procession passes by the Pont Alexandre III bridge ahead of a ceremony at the Invalides led by French President Emmanuel Macron. IMAGES

French president hosts Facebook chief Zuckerberg

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg travels to Paris for talks with French President Emmanuel Macron, who is pressing the social media giant to honour pledges to crack down on the spread of misinformation and hate speech. IMAGES

Macron attends ceremony marking the abolition of slavery

French President Emmanuel Macron presides over a ceremony to mark the National Day of Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition in the Jardin du Luxembourg. IMAGES

Libya: Macron meets Sarraj amid tensions over Tripoli assault

French President Emmanuel Macron meets Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, who has accused Paris of supporting his rival and tacitly backing his assault on Tripoli, a presidential source says. IMAGES

France and Italy mark 500th anniversary of Da Vinci’s death

President Emmanuel Macron and Italian counterpart Sergio Mattarella kick off commemorations to mark 500 years since Leonardo da Vinci died in France, paying their respects to the Renaissance genius in a private visit to his grave. To mark the anniversary Italy, what experts suspect to be a lock of Da Vinci’s hair will be on display for the first time this week.

France’s Yellow Vest Protestors Took To The Streets For May Day (HBO)

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets for May Day, in solidarity with millions around the world who marched for worker’s rights. While the French protest every year, these protests were remarkably violent as police fired tear gas at crowds in attempts to control factions bent on rioting, detaining more than 250 protestors by the end of the day.

This was the first May Day rally for members of France’s “Yellow Vest” movement, which began protesting 24 weeks ago against what they see as President Emmanuel Macron’s pro-business policies favoring the elite.

The group has proven to be one of the biggest challenges to Macron’s presidency and has already forced the President to make concessions related to taxation, pension reform and the closures of schools and hospitals. By turning up today, the Yellow Vests aligned themselves with a centuries-old movement that’s traditionally seen as pro-union and pro-left.

“Today is May Day. It has nothing to do with a Yellow Vest action. It’s a workers’ celebration,” Jérôme Rodrigues, an unofficial leader of the Yellow Vest’s told VICE News. “Within the Yellow Vest march, you have workers who have gathered here to reinforce their demands, and show that they are workers too.”

Rodrigues joined the Yellow Vests in it’s earlier stages, and in a January rally, lost an eye after being hit with what he believes to be a police-fired projectile. Videos capturing the moment propelled him to the forefront of the movement.

“The problem is that we have a president in France right now who not only doesn’t listen to us, but also mutilates us,” Rodrigues told VICE News. “So why wage a revolution? Because the climate of violence was brought on by the government.”

Turning out today was important for Rodrigues and the Yellow Vests because they’ve been losing momentum as of late. He hopes that the Yellow Vests’ presence at the May Day pro-labour rally will help bolster support for their cause in the future.

“All this diversity— That’s how we win. OK?” Rodrigues told VICE News. “Today, we see that we ignored that [in the past], and that we have recovered something fundamental in France. It’s called fraternity.”

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Macron, Mattarella kick off Leonardo da Vinci commemorations

French President Emmanuel Macron and his Italian counterpart Sergio Mattarella arrive in Amboise, in central France, to mark the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death. IMAGES