France's Constitutional Council has upheld President Macron's controversial plan to raise retirement age in the country by two years, from 62 to 64. The decision comes after months of violent street protests and strikes.
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France's President Macron has won the day after the Constitutional Council gave him the go-ahead for the key points of his pension reform. But he might struggle to win back French hearts, analysts say.
The French president said he stood by his comments on Taiwan that sparked international criticism in some corners. He has also faced continued protests over his pension reform during his state visit to the Netherlands.
First, France's Macron said Europe shouldn't follow the US on Taiwan. Then, Germany's top diplomat said France's China policy reflected the policy of the EU as a whole. How are these comments seen in Taiwan?
The law was published in France's official journal after the Constitutional Council endorsed key provisions in the reforms. The controversial increase in the age of retirement triggered months of nationwide protests.
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The French president called for the EU to implement its stated policy of "strategic autonomy" and argued the bloc could become a "third pole" alongside China and the US.
Japanese analysts say the French president's suggestion that a Chinese attack on Taiwan would not be a crisis requiring European involvement undermines Japan's diplomatic efforts to preserve security in the Indo-Pacific.
The EU and China have agreed that peace talks in Ukraine should begin, and their trade relations should be rebalanced. Analysts remain cautious.
Donald Trump walked into a Manhattan courthouse on Tuesday to become the first-ever criminally indicted former US president. Meanwhile, a couple of weeks ago, the Chinese president was in Moscow. Now Xi Jinping is rolling out the red carpet for French President Emmanuel Macron, who is on his first state visit to China since Covid.
During a trip to Beijing, the French president and the EU's von der Leyen are seeking to get Xi Jinping to pressure his ally Russia for peace in Ukraine. China has so far steered clear of condemning Moscow's invasion.