Macron is in a state of ‘brain death’, Erdogan says

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoganhas slammed his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron over his criticism of Turkey’s military operation in northeast Syria, saying that he was suffering “brain death”. Erdogan’s comments on Friday – just days before a NATO summit that both leaders will attend – came in response to Macron’s much-publicised claim from a November 7 interview that the alliance was suffering “brain death” owing to the lack of strategic cooperation among members. “I am talking to France’s President Emmanuel Macron, and I will also say this at NATO. First…

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Macron: Time for Iran to take steps to defuse tensions

The path to reduce tensions in the region has become smaller and the moment has come for Iran to help defuse the crisis, France’s president told his Iranian counterpart on Monday, his office said in a statement. Emmanuel Macron and Hassan Rouhani talked for more than 90 minutes shortly after Macron, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and German Chancellor Angela Merkel laid the blame for a September 14 attack on Saudi oil facilities squarely on Iran. “The president said that in the current situation, the path of de-escalation was narrow,…

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Macron: Time for Iran to take steps to defuse tensions

The path to reduce tensions in the region has become smaller and the moment has come for Iran to help defuse the crisis, France’s president told his Iranian counterpart on Monday, his office said in a statement. Emmanuel Macron and Hassan Rouhani talked for more than 90 minutes shortly after Macron, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and German Chancellor Angela Merkel laid the blame for a September 14 attack on Saudi oil facilities squarely on Iran. “The president said that in the current situation, the path of de-escalation was narrow,…

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Macron: Time for Iran to take steps to defuse tensions

The path to reduce tensions in the region has become smaller and the moment has come for Iran to help defuse the crisis, France’s president told his Iranian counterpart on Monday, his office said in a statement. Emmanuel Macron and Hassan Rouhani talked for more than 90 minutes shortly after Macron, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and German Chancellor Angela Merkel laid the blame for a September 14 attack on Saudi oil facilities squarely on Iran. “The president said that in the current situation, the path of de-escalation was narrow,…

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Macron: Chinese investments threaten African sovereignty

French President Emmanuel Macron has warned of risks to the sovereignty of African countries from China’s increasing economic presence as he began a visit to the east of the continent. Speaking in Djibouti, the French leader, who is touring East Africa, is looking to reassert French influence in a former colony on the Horn of Africa where China has built a military base and invested billions of dollars in infrastructure. The French leader, who will also visit Kenya and Ethiopia on his current tour, cautioned that conditions attached to Chinese…

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Macron should have visited Kalakuta Republic –Dede Mabiaku

  Afro beat crooner and Fela Anikulapo-Kuti’s protégé, Dede Mabiaku, has faulted the visit of French President, Emmanuel Macron to the New Afrika Shrine, last Tuesday, saying it was not in honour of the late Abami Eda (The weird one Mabiaku, in a telephone chat with Sunday Telegraph, also berated the federal and the Lagos State governments for sanctioning and bankrolling the visit. He said that both governments should have taken a lesson from Ghanaian President Nana Akufor-Addo, who told Macron that Ghana did not need aid from France to…

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Buhari holds talks with French leader, Macron today

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President Muhammadu Buhari, who returned to Abuja last night from AU Summit in Mauritania, is billed to hold bilateral talks with President Emmanuel Macron of France at presidential villa, Abuja, today at 4.00p.m. NAN reports that the French leader would discuss issues bordering on security and terrorism with President Buhari. Macron had on Monday in Nouakchott during the closing ceremony of the AU Summit met with the Nigerian leader. Macron will after his engagement with Buhari visit the Afrika Shrine, a nightclub in Lagos founded by Nigerian music legend Fela…

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France decides between Le Pen, Macron

  French voters are choosing their next president after an unpredictable campaign that has divided the country. The second round contest pits centrist Emmanuel Macron, a 39-year-old former investment banker, against the far-right nationalist Marine Le Pen, 48. Citizens in some overseas territories and many French expats abroad have begun voting. The polls opened in metropolitan France at 08:00 local time (06:00 GMT) on Sunday and close at 19:00 (17:00 GMT). Polling stations will remain open in some big cities until 20:00 local time (18:00 GMT), with early estimates of…

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