‘Ungovernable’: Papers react to bombshell result of French legislative elections
21 June 2022 | 5:31 am
French papers look at the political bombshell for President Emmanuel Macron, whose centrist bloc emerged from Sunday's second round of the legislative elections well short of an absolute majority in parliament. Libération, the main left-wing daily, describes the results for his group as a "slap", while Le Parisien and Le Figaro headline that France is now "ungovernable". Macron will be unable to push on with his legislative agenda without significant opposition support.
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2 May 2022
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1 May 2022
French voters have re-elected Emmanuel Macron for another five-year term, handing him victory over far-right candidate Marine Le Pen for the second time in a row. So what's next for the French economy and the number one issue for voters, the cost of living crisis? Kate Moody asks Frederik Ducrozet, senior European Economist at Pictet Wealth Management.
10 May 2022
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21 May 2022
Elisabeth Borne has been appointed France's new prime minister. The former transport, ecology and labour minister faces numerous challenges, with the most pressing priority being helping French households with the soaring cost of living. She will also need to tackle the thorny issue of pension reform as well as steer the country through a major energy transition. Plus, Moscow residents display mixed feelings after US fast food giant McDonald's announces it's pulling out of Russia for good.
21 May 2022
After becoming the first French president in two decades to win re-election, Emmanuel Macron now has to convince enough voters to once again give him a mandate in next month's legislative elections. A centrist who this time has to face an unusually united left, Macron has to persuade the electorate to stick with free-market reform, while shedding his "too clever for his own good" image.
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Some 300 million pairs of socks are sold in France every year. Although most are made in China, some small French firms are carving out a market with their "made in France" offerings. One of them is Broussaud. For three generations, this family-run business based in the Limousin region has been constantly innovating, with increasingly complex designs. FRANCE 24 went to find out the secret of its success.
31 May 2022
We look at reactions from the European and Russian papers as the EU agrees to a deal to ban up to 90 percent of Russian oil imports by the end of the year. Also, French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin is slammed for blaming the Champions League final fiasco on fake tickets. Plus, we look ahead to a "night of giants" as Rafael Nadal takes on Novak Djokovic in the highly-anticipated quarter finals at the French Open.
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