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The relationship between German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron has long been strained, but Macron’s recent refusal to rule out sending troops to Ukraine has driven tensions to boiling point, Bloomberg has reported.
The French government is mulling sending a small military force directly into Ukraine to serve as instructors for Kiev’s Armed Forces and as a “deterrent” to Russia, Le Monde reported on Friday, citing its sources.
French President Emmanuel Macron has stated his refusal to rule out the prospect of sending Western forces to Ukraine was intentional, despite the uproar it has provoked.
French President Emmanuel Macron has argued that the deployment of forces to Ukraine by NATO members and other allies cannot be ruled out because Western powers must stop at nothing to ensure that Moscow does not defeat Kiev’s forces.
Recognition of a Palestinian state is “not a taboo” for Paris, French President Emmanuel Macron has stressed, indicating that France could make a unilateral decision if efforts toward a two-state solution don’t move forward due to opposition from Israel.
France has announced sanctions against 28 Israeli settlers accused of committing human rights abuses against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank. Paris decision comes on the back of similar actions by the US and the UK.
French President Emmanuel Macron has said Paris did not join US-led airstrikes against the Houthis in Yemen to avoid escalation in the region.
Two employees at the French embassy in Baku were declared personae non gratae for engaging in activities contrary to their diplomatic status, the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry confirmed, adding that the two diplomats were asked to leave the country within 48 hours.
The Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry has called France's efforts to deliver weapons to Armenia unacceptable, saying it “carries security risks in the region.”
France will ban children from wearing the abaya, the loose-fitting, full-length robes worn by some Muslim women, in state-run schools, French Education Minister Gabriel Attal has declared ahead of schools returning after the summer holidays.
France swiped five million doses of anti-Covid AstraZeneca vaccine destined for the U.K., according to a report. French President Emmanuel Macron is accused of working with EU chiefs to divert large batch of coronavirus vaccines destined for Britain.
Mali’s Foreign Ministry has summoned the French ambassador over the "unfriendly" and “disagreeable” comments by French President Emmanuel Macron. It comes just days after Algeria recalled its ambassador to Paris over French leader’s remarks on the country’s government, as well as a visa row.
An independent inquiry into allegations of sexual abuse within France’s Catholic Church has found that hundreds of thousands of children were victims of the crime in seven decades.
A soon-to-be-released report says thousands of pedophile priests or other members of the church have operated inside the French Catholic Church since 1950s.
A court in Paris found former French President Nicolas Sarkozy guilty for breaking election rules. The court has handed the ex-leader one year in prison, with the judge saying Sarkozy could serve the sentence at home with an electronic tag.
France has inked a major military deal with Greece after the recent diplomatic tension with the U.S. and Australia due to the cancelling of a submarine deal between Canberra and Paris. France had described it as a stab in the back.
Mali was blindsided by France’s decision to withdraw its troops from the country and had to enlist help from others to fill the gap, Prime Minister Choguel Kokalla Maiga says.