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Macron's first non-Europe trip focuses on fighting extremism

Macron's first non-Europe trip focuses on fighting extremism

Macron emphasised the need for closer European cooperation in the fight against jihadists, especially with fellow EU heavyweight Germany.

One accused Macron of "blowing up" the political landscape.

"My wish is for us to accelerate" the deal, Macron said at a press conference, describing the so-called Algiers Accord as the top priority to ensure Mali's security. The Interior Ministry is responsible for securing France amid a high threat of extremist violence.

He's been seen as a behind-the-scenes mentor for Macron, pledging his support even before he launched his presidential campaign.

In 2014, Le Drian wrote in a statement that France "condemns" the firing of rockets into Israel "but requests that Israel" minimize any harm to civilians in its attacks on Hamas.

Germany's foreign minister quickly welcomed Le Drian, describing him as someone of "enormous political experience and great renown". Without it, "we would not be able to operate in the area", he said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated his new French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, in their first phone conversation since Macron's inauguration earlier this week, the Kremlin said Thursday.

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, whom Macron named on Monday, will lead the government, at least until the parliamentary elections scheduled for June. But Macron's attempts to position himself at the centre of the political spectrum have remained popular since his electoral victory.

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She accused him of having sex with her as she slept without using a condom despite repeatedly having denied him unprotected sex. Friday was the deadline for the Swedish prosecution to send a request to Stockholm District Court in the Assange case.

The armed forces are now led by 52-year-old centrist, pro-European Sylvie Goulard. High-profile conservative Bruno Le Maire (Le-mare) was the pick for the Finance Ministry.

Far-leftist Jean-Luc Melenchon, who eyes to build a strong opposition in the legislative election, denounced "a right-wing government" and called nomination of environmentalist Nicolas Hulot to manage ecology ministry a "heart breaker".

A high-profile conservative politician has been named as France's finance minister in President Emmanuel Macron's first government.

This is Mr Macron's second foreign trip as president. If Macron's party doesn't win a majority in the June 11 and 18 elections, he might have to form a coalition and adjust the makeup of the government.

Gerard Collomb has been a prominent Socialist since becoming mayor of Lyon, France's third biggest city, in 2001.

As president, he is expected to continue his predecessor's policy regarding military presence in West Africa.

Marielle De Sarnez, a former lawmaker at the European Parliament who in 2010 visited Hamas-controlled Gaza and co-authored a letter urging Israel to lift its blockade of the area, was appointed as the minister in charge of European affairs.

Macron has pledged to fight corruption after tax evasion and other scandals hit the previous government.


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