France invites Indian cos after it tops EY survey as Europe’s most attractive investment destination

France is inviting Indian companies for investments after it topped for the third year in a row an EY survey on most attractive investment destinations in Europe. French Envoy to India Emmanuel Lenain said President Emmanuel Macron leads the most pro-business regime in France which has brought labour reforms, reduced corporate tax and provided for … Read more

Presidential Election: How France’s old-school voting system works

Paper ballots tucked in paper envelopes. No absentee voting, and no early voting either. French voters in Sunday’s presidential election are using and old-school system that has defied calls for more flexibility or modernization. As France’s 48.8 million voters are invited to choose between President Emmanuel Macron and his far-right challenger Marine Le Pen, here … Read more

In French Vote, Pocketbook Issues Overshadow Nationalism vs. Globalism

France’s presidential election in 2017 was a watershed for Western politics, fought not along the traditional lines of left and right but over national identity, immigration and international institutions such as Europe’s common currency, the euro. It pitted “patriots” against “globalists,” as National Front candidate Marine Le Pen put it, or “closed” against “open,” in … Read more

Europe Faces Pressure to Dial Up Sanctions on Russia Over Ukraine Deaths

BERLIN—French President Emmanuel Macron’s call Monday for sanctions banning imports of Russian oil and coal into the European Union following the weekend’s allegations of atrocities in Ukraine is set to trigger the most divisive intra-EU clash yet over how to respond to President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. European governments, some of them divided internally … Read more

Russia-Ukraine crisis: France Prez Emmanuel Macron tries to avert a European war and reshape European security

The standoff with Russia over Ukraine enters a critical phase this week. The United States has snapped NATO to attention and moved forces east. Moscow has readied still more forces on the Ukraine border. But beneath those tensions, diplomatic avenues are being feverishly explored and the outlines of potential solutions, still amorphous, may be taking … Read more

Omicron Surge Pressures U.S. Hospitals

Americans shouldn’t expect the Omicron variant to peak nationwide in coming days, the U.S. surgeon general warned Sunday, as Covid-19 cases continue to rise and put more pressure on hospitals. “The next few weeks will be tough,” Dr. Vivek Murthy said during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union.” The seven-day average for confirmed … Read more

France takes EU reins with push for more sovereignty

French President Emmanuel Macron pledged Friday to boost Europe’s strategic power and sovereignty, as France formally took the reins of the 27-nation bloc for the next six months with big ambitions. A leitmotif of the French presidency over the next six months will be the need for greater autonomy for the region. Macron has been … Read more

Political change is coming to the EU’s big three economies. Here’s why it matters

French President Emmanuel Macron and Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Draghi. Alessandra Benedetti – Corbis | Corbis News | Getty Images The balance of power is changing in the European Union’s three largest economies which could have significant implications for financial markets. Germany has just turned the page on Angela Merkel’s 16 years of leadership, France … Read more

‘We are sick of double speak’: French government intensifies attack on Johnson over Channel tragedy – live

[The agreement] entails Plaid Cymru transforming itself from a traditional opposition party in the Westminster sense to something new and refreshingly different, a co-opposition party, co-operating where possible, while continuing to oppose, and to scutinise and criticise where necessary. There is no precedent for what we are about to embark upon in the politics of … Read more

Australia news live update: Turnbull slams government’s plan for nuclear sub engines; Qld only to open international borders for ‘safe’ countries

On September 16, this Australian government abruptly announced the cancellation of the future submarine program. This decision was deliberately kept secret for months, even years. Even as the French president, the French minister for foreign affairs and defence, countless high-level working groups, as provided by the intergovernmental agreement, myself on the ground, were engaging regularly … Read more