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France’s Macron says deeply regrets Trump decision on troops in Syria

N’DJAMENA: French President Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday he deeply regretted U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria. In an abrupt policy shift, Trump announced on Wednesday that Washington would withdraw the roughly 2,000 U.S. troops in Syria, upending a pillar of American policy in the Middle East and alarming U.S. allies.  “I very deeply regret the decision made on Syria,” Macron said during a news conference in Chad. “To be allies is to fight shoulder to shoulder. It’s the most…

France’s ‘yellow vest’ protesters gather on decisive weekend

PARIS: Defiant "Yellow vest" demonstrators gathered on the Champs-Elysees in Paris on Saturday morning for a fifth and decisive weekend of protests despite calls by the French government to stay home. President Emmanuel Macron, facing the biggest crisis of his presidency, announced a series of concessions on Monday to defuse the explosive "yellow vest" movement which swelled up from rural and small-town France last month. He is hoping the package of tax and minimum wage measures, coupled with a terror attack on Tuesday…

‘Yellow vest’ protester dies in France after being hit by truck

MARSEILLE: A "yellow vest" anti-government protester has died after being hit by a truck in southern France, a local prosecutor said Thursday. The incident happened during the night at a roundabout near a motorway exit in the city of Avignon. "The driver of the truck has been taken into custody. The victim was 23-years-old," said the deputy prosecutor for Avignon, Caroline Armand, confirming a report on French television news channel LCI. "It appears the driver is a Polish national," she added. The "yellow vest"…

Macron prepares response to ‘yellow vest’ protesters as Paris cleans up

PARIS: French President Emmanuel Macron will address the country on Monday as he seeks to placate “yellow vest” anti-government protesters who wreaked havoc in Paris this weekend. On Sunday, workers in Paris and other cities swept up broken glass and towed away burnt-out cars while the government warned of slower economic growth and the judiciary said it would come down hard on looting and attacks on police. On Saturday, protesters, for the fourth weekend in a row, threw stones, torched cars and vandalized shops and…

Trump mocks Macron again over French fuel tax protests

PARIS: US President Donald Trump has taken another swipe on Twitter at his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron prompted by Macron’s woes over violent protests against fuel taxes. “I am glad that my friend @EmmanuelMacron and the protestors in Paris have agreed with the conclusion I reached two years ago,” Trump tweeted late on Tuesday. “The Paris Agreement is fatally flawed because it raises the price of energy for responsible countries while whitewashing some of the worst polluters,” said Trump, referring to a global…

EU security must no longer depend on US, says Macron

PARIS: French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday called for Europe to stop relying on the United States for its military defence as he pushed for fresh EU integration in the face of rising nationalism around the continent. Relaunching his diplomatic agenda after the summer break, the 40-year-old president said he would put forward new proposals in the coming months for the EU to boost defence cooperation, as well as talks with Russia on their security relationship -- an issue of concern for countries on Europe's eastern…