Macron Holding US Responsible If Iran Leaves Nuke Deal

On Wednesday, Tehran gave Europe 60 days to ensure Iran’s interests were protected under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Otherwise, Tehran is ready to take further steps on scrapping the JCPOA, it warned.

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday that Washington would be responsible if Iranian authorities abandon the nuclear deal.

“Firstly, Iran did not withdraw this deal. Secondly, if Iran withdraws from this deal, it will be the responsibility of the United States. We will not mix the roles and say that it’s the Europeans,” the French leader said at a press conference following the informal summit of EU leaders in the Romanian city of Sibiu.

Macron pretends to hold “Great National Debate” while targeting protestors with live ammo and helicopter-deployed tear gas.

Macron’s remark follows the Russian Foreign Ministry’s announcement made earlier in the day that the United States must terminate any activities that hamper political and economic cooperation of other countries with Iran. This statement was made shortly after EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini noted that the European Union remains committed to the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the nuclear deal signed with Iran in 2015, as long as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) confirms that Tehran acts in accordance with the deal.


Macron Begs Police To Stop Yellow Vest Protests, Police Join Instead

Even Macron’s police force isn’t on his side.


Left-Wing Parties In French Parliament Mull Revolt Against Macron

At least three left-wing parties at the French parliament have agreed to discuss a vote of no confidence against the government amid sweeping protests, against Macron’s policies, which have gripped the country.

Among those planning to question Emmanuel Macron’s leadership is La France Insoumise party whose leader Jean-Luc Melenchon has long been a vocal critic of the current government.

The French Communist Party and the Socialist Party, which ruled the country before the 2017 presidential elections, have also confirmed to be in on the plan.

“We’ve decided to work together to file a no confidence vote [to the government] next Monday. During the coming days, we will seek to increase the number of signatories. We have to show that other ways are possible,” First Secretary of the Socialist Party Olivier Faure wrote on Twitter, using the hashtag #GiletsJaunes (Yellow Vests).


France In Chaos: Macron Considers State Of Emergency Amid ‘Yellow Vest’ Protests, ‘All Options’ Considered

French President Emmanuel Macron will hold an emergency meeting of senior ministers on Sunday following the worst unrest Paris has seen in a decade on Saturday. Government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux told France’s Europe 1 radio that a state of emergency may be imposed to prevent “serious outbursts of violence” after thousands of masked “Yellow Vest” protesters fought with police, and set fires to cars, houses and banks.


Putin High-Fives Saudi Prince While Macron Threatens

Russian President Vladimir Putin was seen giving a high-five to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during the G20 Summit in Argentina on Friday.

The G20 Group summit marks the first time Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with world leaders since the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi last month.

Notably, French President Emmanuel Macron didn’t extend MBS the same pleasantries as Putin due to the Khashoggi killing.

Video captured Macron belittling MBS in a private 5-minute conversation, saying “You never listen to me.”


French President Macron Confronts Saudi Prince MbS

French President Emmanuel Macron confronted Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the murder of Jamal Khashoggi on the sidelines of the G20 summit Friday, French officials said.

In a five-minute talk, part of which was caught on tape, Macron gave “very firm” messages to MbS over the killing, French officials told Reuters, and demanded that international experts take part in an investigation into the murder that the Saudi government is suspected of ordering.

The two also spoke about the war in Yemen, per Reuters.

In a video posted by the Saudi Gazettenewspaper, Macron and MbS can be seen speaking quietly.

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Macron Threatens UK Fishermen Using Brexit Deal

France’s President Emmanuel Macron is already using the terms of the deal agreed by Theresa May to threaten Brexit Britain, warning that the country would be trapped in the ‘backstop’ Customs Union if it didn’t submit to France’s demands on access to British fishing waters.

In a message that perfectly illustrates how those in the EU may seek to lock the UK in its orbit indefinitely, Macron today said: “We will concentrate our efforts in order to obtain access to the British waters before the end of the transition period. And of course all of our fishermen will be protected.”


Macron Losing Multiple Cabinet Members in One Week

French President Emmanuel Macron lost his second Cabinet member in a week on Tuesday, after Sports Minister Laura Flessel announced she was stepping down for personal reasons.

Flessel, a former Olympic champion in fencing, followed former Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot in quitting the French government. According to opinion polls, the two ranked among Macron’s most popular ministers, all while the president’s own popularity continues to hit new lows.

However, Flessel’s resignation didn’t appear to be in quite as much bad blood as that of Hulot, as she said she would remain “a loyal team member with the president and prime minister.”

Hulot, by contrast, announced during a live radio interview last week that he was resigning out of despair over the government’s hollow environmental commitments. The remarks reportedly enraged the French president, who famously pledged to “make our planet great again” after US President Donald Trump quit the Paris climate deal.

Flessel announced her resignation just hours before Macron was slated to unveil his Cabinet reshuffle.

Later on Tuesday Macron’s office announced that Flessel would be replaced by Roxana Maracineanu, a silver medalist in backstroke at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney and a world champion in 1998.

The environment post, meanwhile, was handed to parliament speaker Francois de Rugy, a former Green party lawmaker who jumped ship to Macron’s Republic on the Move party last year. Known for his pragmatic approach to politics, de Rugy earned Macron’s trust by backing the president’s decision to delay the phasing out of nuclear energy in France.

The French president hopes that a rejig will give his reform drive such much needed new energy. He returned from his summer holiday this week reeling from a bodyguard scandal and slower recorded growth than had been initially projected.

An opinion poll published on Tuesday found that just 31 percent of respondents were happy with Macron’s performance during the first 16 months of his presidency, while support had eroded across all age groups on both the left and the right.

It means Macron’s approval rating is lower than that of his predecessor Francois Hollande at the same stage of his presidency. The Socialist leader went on to grow so unpopular that he became the first president of the Fifth Republic not seek re-election.


Macron Suffers Major Setback as Top French Minister Abruptly Resigns

French Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot on Tuesday announced his resignation on France Inter radio, saying it was the result of an “accumulation of disappointments.”

The announcement strikes a major blow to French President Emmanuel Macron, who had pledged to make France a global leader for climate solutions after the 2015 Paris accord.

Here’s what he said:

– The French government’s lack of progress on steps to tackle climate change, defend biodiversity and address environmental threats resulted in an “accumulation of disappointments.”

– “I don’t want to lie any longer. I don’t want to maintain the illusion that my presence in government means that we are meeting these environmental challenges.”

– “France is doing more than a lot of other countries. Do not make me say that it is doing enough. It is not doing enough. Europe is not doing enough. The world is not doing enough.

– “I have a bit of influence, but I have no power and no means.”

During his presidential campaign, Macron had pledged to enact ambitious environmental policies in an attempt to advance his image as the antithesis of US President Donald Trump, who pulled the US out of the 2015 Paris accord. Macron even adopted Trump’s slogan, urging people to join his environmentally-friendly cause and “Make Our Planet Great Again.”

But Hulot suggested that Macron’s government has paid little more than lip service to environmental issues. He highlighted, for examples, the government’s pledge to cutback reliance on nuclear energy to 50 percent by 2025 and curb the use of pesticides, saying there has been little progress on several other initiatives.

Who is Nicolas Hulot? Dubbed ” France’s most famous environmental activist,” Hulot is a longtime campaigner for green policies and a former TV celebrity. Past French presidents including Francois Hollande and Nicolas Sarkozy, had approached him for the environment ministry. However, he had rejected offers to form part of the government until Emmanuel Macron came along.

Hulot has consistently scored high in popularity polls, even after Macron’s approval ratings started to plunge. An Ifop poll suggested that 64 percent of French nationals have a favorable opinion of Hulot.

Government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux told BFM news channel that Hulot should have warned Macron and Prime Minister Edouard Philippe before announcing his resignation.

“Do you do an environmental revolution in one year? The response is no,” said Griveaux. “I prefer little steps to not moving.”

Observers have suggested that Hulot’s departure could cause further shakeup within the government and prompt Macron to reshuffle his cabinet.


Corsica’s nationalists stage protest ahead of Macron visit

Thousands of Corsicans marched in Ajaccio, the French Mediterranean island’s capital, on Saturday to demand more autonomy, ahead of a visit by President Emmanuel Macron next week.

An alliance of Corsica’s two main nationalist parties, helped by disillusion with mainstream parties tarnished by corruption, swept to victory in a local election on Dec. 10 and has been pressing for talks with Paris.

Its leaders want more autonomy on fiscal issues, equal status for the French and Corsican languages, and the limiting of the right to buy property in some areas to people who have been resident on the island for at least five years.