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Macron Fooled by Trump

Macron is a European who believes in diplomacy and reconciliation between peoples, while Trump swears by the use of power. They belong to two worlds between which there are no feasible links. Emmanuel Macron is discovering — assuming he was not already aware — that there is little to be gained from kissing the U.S. president on the cheeks. If...[Subscriber]

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Macron’s Visit to Washington as Seen by the American Media

With the bises (a kiss on both cheeks), the gushing praise, and the endless handshakes, the complicit relationship between Emmanuel Macron and Donald Trump has inspired countless reactions from the American media. “The couple seemed happy to be together again,” joked the New York Times, going so far as to describe the French president’s visit to Washington as a “bromance”...

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The Unexpected Alliance Between Macron and Trump

When it came to foreign policy, Barack Obama often sided with Angela Merkel rather than François Hollande. Things have changed since the election of Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron. “Macron has established himself as the [American] president’s go-to leader in Europe,” writes Bloomberg. The two men have repeatedly clashed over climate change and international trade, but there seems to be...

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Is Facebook Bad for Our Health?

The scandal surrounding Cambridge Analytica, a company accused of using the personal data of 50 million Facebook users to positively influence Donald Trump’s electoral campaign, has rekindled a longstanding debate: Is it time to #deleteFacebook? You are in front of your computer screen. You connect to the internet and prepare to type something on your keyboard. You think you are...[Subscriber]

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Trump and Macron’s Toy Soldiers

After staring wide-eyed at the July 14 parade on the Champs-Elysées last year, Donald Trump now wishes to organize his own in Washington. Many wonder as to the reason behind the American president’s decision. Is he looking to prove the military might of the United States? Few doubt it, allies and adversaries alike. And given the similar events that have...[Subscriber]

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Donald Trump Wants “A Parade Like the One in France”

The Pentagon has confirmed it is preparing a military parade similar to the French Bastille Day celebration, at the behest of the American president. The project has come under fire from a large number of critics. With its uniformed troops, armored vehicles, and an air show, the July 14 parade on the Champs-Elysées certainly made an impression on Donald Trump....

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The Blind Economists

Modern heads of government are judged on the economic results of their time in office. However, this is a paradox. Our economies are open and connected to the world, and governments have little way of influencing growth rates. By definition, growth is dictated by global cycles which in turn are mainly determined by technical innovations. Governments can therefore hamper it...[Subscriber]

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Donald Trump Invites Emmanuel Macron to Washington

Emmanuel Macron will be the first foreign government leader to be invited to the White House since the start of Donald Trump’s mandate. The French president will be the first world leader to be received ceremoniously at the White House, with a visit planned for late April. While several heads of government, including Macron, have already been received in Washington,...

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Presidents of the Rich

The tax reforms introduced by Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron have done nothing to improve the social and economic situations of our two countries. Instead, they are making the richest richer and widening the inequality gap. Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron have committed to parallel tax reforms whose consequences, in both countries, weigh heavy on the middle classes while cutting...[Subscriber]

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Macron, the U.S. Media’s Left-Wing Darling

Despite his smoke-and-mirror tactics, Emmanuel Macron is still seen as a right-wing politician in France. But anyone reading the American press would think he was closer to the left — the liberal left as defined by the United States, and which more or less encompasses the Democratic Party. This is the image of Macron presented in a recent profile by...[Subscriber]

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“America”: Donald Trump’s United States as Seen by Writers

"Will the FBI take down Donald Trump?” asks the third edition of French magazine America. As well as the answer to this question, the quarterly publication’s front cover also features an in-depth interview with scandalous author James Ellroy, a road trip along the Mississippi with Philippe Besson, and the last novel by the late Jim Harrison. This 200-page "mook" —...

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Macron and Trump: Birds of a Feather?

At first glance, the two presidents have nothing in common. One cites philosophers known only to him; the other pours his heart out on Twitter. One knows what he’s talking about; the other swears by Fox News. But upon closer inspection, they are also quite alike. Both presidents are very much of their time. Take their approach to democracy, for...[Subscriber]

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U.S. Withdraws from UNESCO

Due to an “anti-Israeli bias” in the U.N. agency, the U.S. announced that it would withdraw from UNESCO at the end of 2018, a move that echoes the Trump’s administration’s push for increased American independence from the United Nations. Headquartered in Paris, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization is dedicated to “building peace in the minds of men...

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Stop the massacre!

The recent massacre in Las Vegas is incomprehensible from a French point of view. How is it possible for a citizen to amass such an arsenal of weaponry? It’s high time that the U.S. Congress acts. There is a direct link between the number of firearms in circulation in a country and the number of people killed by these weapons,...

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Strange Alabama

Roy Moore won the Republican primary in Alabama on Tuesday, September 26, putting him in front for the race to the Senate. This pious, controversial figure represents an image of rural America where religion and politics intertwine. Roy Moore was relieved of his position as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court in 2003 for refusing to remove a monument...

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Macron, the “Anti-Trump” at the U.N. General Assembly

Striking differences between French President Emmanuel Macron and U.S. President Donald Trump were evident once again during the pair’s individual addresses to the 72nd United Nations General Assembly that convened this week. Many American media outlets compared the speeches point-by-point to highlight the two leaders' contrasting ideologies. "France’s president urged world leaders to work together, while America’s emphasized nations’ own...

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The Macron-Trump Presidential Clash

The presidents of France and America stood before the United Nations General Assembly for the very first time, outlining opposing positions on every detail. While Trump promised the total annihilation of Iran, North Korea, and even Venezuela, Macron presented as a standard-bearer for democracy. The POTUS extolled the virtues of strength and nationalism, whereas the French president sang the praises...

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Politically Correct Restrooms

Scarred by the memory of slavery, the United States is attacking all forms of discrimination... including in restrooms! Americans maintain an open relationship with the body and its functions that we in Europe do not have: We prefer discretion and they, exhibition. During my first visit to the United States in 1962, when Greyhound buses allowed me to crisscross the...

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The Ultra-White President Trump

Many celebrated the election of Donald Trump last November as the “revenge of the white man.” This vengeful sentiment continues today, and is more toxic than ever. A certain category of Americans never truly accepted Barack Obama’s presidential victory, nor the current changes that have been shaping U.S. society since the 1960s. Feminism, ethnic diversity, priority for minorities in universities...

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France Leads the World in Soft Power

In another recognition of Macron’s new government, France has emerged as the new global leader in soft power, according to an annual report published this week. « The Soft Power 30 », released by the PR firm Portland Communications, ranks 30 countries in terms of values such as education, culture, political values and foreign policy. This year, France has risen...

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Trump Makes Merry in Paris

Donald Trump was Emmanuel Macron’s guest of honor at the July 14 celebrations in Paris, and seems to have forgotten the advice of his friend “Jim.” The American president has fallen back in love with France. Advantage: Macron. Macron hooked a big fish — Donald Trump — by using the bait that works best on the U.S. president: Flattery and...