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Macron talks to Putin, faces media troubles

Macron talks to Putin, faces media troubles

They also pledged to work together on current global and regional issues, especially underlining the importance of their continued cooperation on resolving Ukraine's internal conflict, it said.

Emmanuel Macron's election as French president was the best news Canada could have hoped for, particularly regarding free trade, Canada's ambassador to France said Thursday. The statement added that the have voiced readiness to develop "traditionally friendly" economic, politic.

France wants a "new Franco-German impetus so that Europe plays a greater role in defence and security matters, especially in Africa and the Sahel", a source in Macron's team said.

Press freedom group Reporters without Borders - which also signed the letter - condemned the new French government's "concerning signal to the press".

President Emmanuel Macron will on Friday visit conflict-torn Mali, where French troops have been fighting jihadists for four years, in his first official visit outside Europe after taking power.

In the past, French media would decide themselves who to send on presidential trips.

The online poll was carried out between May 15 and 17, after Macron named conservative lawmaker Philippe as his prime minister and before the new government was unveiled Wednesday.

French President Emmanuel Macron arrives to lay a wreath on the unknown Soldier's tomb on May 14, 2017.

In January, Macron showed his dedication to gender equality when he said in a speech: "Women now represent 53 percent of the electoral body, so it's unacceptable that they make up less than 30 percent of those elected to the National Assembly", he announced.

The Kremlin said the two leaders have "agreed to work jointly on acute worldwide and regional issues, including the fight against terrorism". "The importance was emphasized of further Normandy format interaction for settling Ukraine's internal crisis on the basis of the Minsk Accords", the report runs. "Neither France nor Germany are isolated islands".

During the Cabinet meeting, Macron called on his ministers to have the "necessary discipline" and "solidarity" despite their sometimes stark political differences, government spokesman Christophe Castaner said.

Another centrist, Sylvie Goulard (Goo-LARR), will lead the Defense Ministry, while Socialist Gerard Collomb will head the Interior Ministry.

Jean-Yves Le Drian, 69, who led France's military operations overseas as former President Francois Hollande's defence minister, will stay on in Macron's government as foreign minister and also be in charge of European affairs.


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