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At age 39, Emmanuel Macron became the youngest president in the history of France, dramatically reshaping the country's politics in the process. Macron served in Francois Hollande's government and later became the Minister of Economy. However, he resigned in 2016 and announced he would run for the presidency, thereupon founding a new centrist political movement called En Marche! As support for France's major political parties collapsed, Macron's outsider status became his greatest asset. As he emerged as the only remaining obstacle to the rise of Marine Le Pen and the far right, he managed to galvanise what remained of the establishment before sweeping to what had once seemed an impossible victory on May 17, 2017.

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Xi Jinping and Emmanuel Macron also agree their top priority is to stop things deteriorating further, according to China’s state broadcaster.

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The French authorities deployed 3,000 police along the route of a Paris march attended by thousands, including politicians, amid a major increase in anti-Jewish acts since the Israel-Gaza war began.

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French President Emmanuel Macron vowed that the freedom of women to have an abortion will be irreversible in his country, following the rollback of such rights in the US last year.

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A rash of bedbug sightings across France is causing paranoia among travellers and becoming a sore spot for the government as Paris prepares to host the Olympics next year.

The Armenian government said 6,500 Nagorno-Karabakh residents had fled to Armenia as of Monday. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Azerbaijan in a show of support to its ally.

Charles had hoped for a state visit to France to have been his first as king, but a March trip was postponed due to tense protests over Macron’s pension reforms.

Military officials in Niger have ordered French officials to leave the country, an order France has refused to heed as it does not recognise the junta’s authority.

Macron’s government says wearing the traditional garments breaks rules on secularism in education, but critics say the move is discriminatory and could incite hatred and racial profiling

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Defying a ban, nearly 300 girls showed up on Monday morning wearing an abaya – an overgarment worn by Muslim women. Most agreed to change, but 67 refused and were sent home.

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The antitrust expert said she pulled due to ‘the political controversy that has arisen because of the selection of a non-European to fill this position’.

The appointment of Yale professor Fiona Scott Morton prompted the president to ask if there was really ‘no great European researcher’ qualified for the role.

Macron relaunched his country’s Indo-Pacific approach last year after a row over a cancelled submarine contract with Australia, casting France as the balancing power in a region dominated by China-US tussle.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi was guest of honour as this year’s events celebrating the start of the French Revolution on July 14, 1789 came in the wake of the nation’s most serious rioting in nearly 20 years.

President Emmanuel Macron awarded Prime Minister Narendra Modi the grand cross of the Legion d’Honneur, the highest grade of France’s order of merit.

Indian Prime Minister Modi, who is the guest of honour at the Bastille Day celebrations, will meet French President Macron as both sides deepen defence ties.

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