Tag: Macron, Emmanuel (1977- )

The Rise and Fall of Carlos Ghosn

Carlos Ghosn was tired. At 64 years old, the chairman of an auto empire that spanned several continents and included Nissan, Renault and Mitsubishi wasn’t bouncing back from jet lag the way he used to. Melatonin wasn’t working anymore, and he had bouts of insomnia, phoning his children in the […]

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The Question for France: Where Do the Yellow Vests Go From Here?

PARIS — The Yellow Vest tornado has created a political vacuum in France. The government of President Emmanuel Macron is weakened. The opposition parties are discredited. And the populist uprising itself proclaims its disdain for politics. Who or what will fill that void is now the biggest question facing France. […]

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The West at an Impasse

In France, where the extraordinarily unpopular Emmanuel Macron presides over a country roiled by populist protests, a leading politician of Macron’s centrist party was asked in a televised interview what policy mistakes his peers had made: “We were probably too intelligent, too subtle,” he told the interviewer, whose eyebrows danced […]

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France’s Far Right Sees Gold in Yellow-Vest Movement

HÉNIN-BEAUMONT, France — While security forces under the control of France’s president, Emmanuel Macron, have deployed tear gas, water cannons and mass arrests to quell sometimes violent demonstrations across the country, “Yellow Vest” protesters in northern France have found an unlikely sanctuary: under the wing of a far-right mayor who […]

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Paris Is Fortified for 5th Week of ‘Yellow Vest’ Protests

PARIS — Boarded-up shops. Empty cafes. Closed museums. And, for the most part, two main colors: the bright yellow vests of protesters and the black gear of riot police. In Paris and other cities across France, potentially violent protests have become almost a weekly ritual, as so-called Yellow Vests demonstrators […]

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Trump Kicks Away Obama Traditions Even at the Dinner Table

WASHINGTON — President Trump was in a Washington food fracas before he was even elected. He landed in the middle of two lawsuits in the summer of 2016 with restaurateurs who had backed out of opening establishments in the Trump International Hotel near the White House, and by 2017 was […]

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Macron Blinks

President Emmanuel Macron did what he had to do on Monday after a month of massive grass-roots protests, going on national television to acknowledge that he had been out of touch with the many people outside France’s major cities struggling to make ends meet and granting them some immediate tax […]

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E.U. Hoped to Put Its House in Order This Year. Not Even Close.

BRUSSELS — This was supposed to be the year Europe put its house in order. It would finally ratify a deal with Britain on its departure from the bloc. The French president, Emmanuel Macron, with his grand plans to revitalize the Continent, would succeed Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany as […]

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Unrest in France Hinders Macron’s Push to Revive Economy

PARIS — The need to accelerate growth has long been visible in almost every corner of the French economy, from dreary unemployment offices packed with jobseekers to businesses whose financially stretched customers struggle to make do. President Emmanuel Macron pledged on Monday to change those dynamics by improving the country’s […]

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Macron, Confronting Protests, Promises Tax Cuts and Wage Increases

PARIS — Faced with violent protests and calls for his resignation, President Emmanuel Macron of France said Monday that he had heard the anger of the many whose economic suffering has burst into the open in recent weeks and that he would take immediate steps to relieve their hardship. He […]

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Tear Gas Still Lingering, France’s President to Address the Nation

PARIS — With the smell of tear gas and smoke still lingering in Paris and other cities after a fourth weekend of protests, France’s president planned a nationwide address on Monday to respond to the anger among many middle-class and working-poor citizens frustrated over their declining economic means. The televised […]

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France’s Combustible Climate Politics

The recent publication of the Fourth National Climate Assessment is being hailed as a potent rebuke to President Trump for his do-nothing approach to climate change. Meanwhile, another president is learning that perhaps the only thing worse than doing nothing about climate, politically speaking, is doing something about it. Emmanuel […]

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News Analysis: France’s ‘Yellow Vests’: A Populist Movement Following Its Own Playbook

PARIS — Too little, too late: That was the reaction of the so-called Yellow Vest protesters to the French government’s sudden retreat this week on a gas tax increase. The Yellow Vests, who have thrown France into turmoil with violent protests in recent weeks, want more, much more, and they […]

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Paris Burning

The violent protests of the “yellow vests” in France have inevitably prompted comparisons with insurrections past, most notably the unrest of 1968 that effectively shut down the French government, and the tribulations of presidents from Charles de Gaulle through François Hollande who have fallen victim to street uprisings. There are […]

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France to Suspend Fuel Tax Increase That Spurred Violent Protests

PARIS — France will suspend a small increase in the tax on gasoline and diesel fuel that had been slated for January, the prime minister announced on Tuesday, in an attempt to quell weeks of protests and rioting by the so-called Yellow Vests movement, according to two lawmakers. Prime Minister […]

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France’s Yellow Vest Protests: A Briefing on the Movement That Has Put Paris on Edge

PARIS — The broken glass and empty tear gas canisters have been swept away and the graffiti scrubbed off the major monuments, among them the Arc de Triomphe, after a weekend of violent protests in the capital by a grass-roots movement that calls itself the Yellow Vests. It was the […]

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Macron Returns to a France in Turmoil, as Nation Weighs State of Emergency

PARIS — President Emmanuel Macron returned to France on Sunday from a summit meeting in Argentina to find his country in turmoil after a day of violent protests, surveying the destruction for himself even as his government weighed declaring a state of emergency. A third weekend of nationwide protests by […]

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Global Leaders Praise Bush as a Calm and Vital Statesman

BERLIN — To Germans, the 41st president of the United States, George Bush, was the man who helped ensure the peaceful reunification of their country. To Mikhail Gorbachev, former leader of the Soviet Union, he exemplified great kindness. To many Kuwaitis, he was a hero, lauded for the 100-hour ground […]

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France’s ‘Yellow Vests’ Double Down in Third Week of Protests

PARIS — For a third weekend, French riot police clashed with “yellow vest” protesters in the heart of Paris, posing one of the largest and most sustained challenges Emmanuel Macron has faced in his 18-month-old presidency. The police fired tear gas, stun grenades and water cannon on Saturday at crowds […]

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