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Fatigued reformer Macron reined in by rivals

  • Having emerged from relative political obscurity in 2017, Emmanuel Macron’s En Marche! movement set out to lead a transformation of France’s institutions and to address the inefficiencies of its burdensome state. Almost immediately after taking office, the fresh-faced reformer who chose to side...
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Le Pen and Macron seek to polarize French society for electoral edge

  • The “home run” that Emmanuel Macron supporters stated that the war in Ukraine would give his electoral chances was not as clear cut following last week’s first round. With a vote result of 27 percent, closely followed by the far right Marine Le Pen at 24 percent and the leftist Jean-Luc Melench...
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Fraudsters blur divisions between art, property and digital assets in the online age

  • Around 330 million people are victims of online crime every year, a number so significant that the amount spent on fraud detection is expected to jump to $129 billion around the world this year. The rise of cryptocurrencies has exacerbated this problem, and last year crypto criminals stole a r...
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Zemmour a symptom of France’s political malaise

  • French employers “have the right to refuse Arabs or blacks” and “all Muslims, whether they say it or not, consider (Islamist terrorists) to be ‘good Muslims’” — these wild assertions are not from the chat room of a far-right website, they are the public statements for which French presidential ...
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France’s faltering international influence

  • After dozens of people died when their dinghy sank in the English Channel last month, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson wrote an open letter to French President Emmanuel Macron. Blowing away the collegiality of the memo, Macron responded with his now customary bluster, criticizing the UK and igno...
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Harnessing the people’s strength key to Afghanistan’s future

  • Lyse Doucett, the BBC’s chief international correspondent, last week joined the ranks of those lamenting recent events in Afghanistan with a poignant “Love Letter to Kabul.” The gesture echoed the mood among many that, with the return of the Taliban, the country’s diversity and rich heritage, w...
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NATO’s future unclear despite Biden’s ‘America is back’ vow

  • President Joe Biden’s first international trip was much anticipated in terms of him outlining his vision for US foreign policy in any real detail for the first time since the campaign trail. Sandwiched between the meeting of the G7 in the UK and a US-EU summit in Brussels, Biden attended the NA...
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Ramadan amid the specter of food security concerns

  • Despite being a month of fasting, Ramadan is just as much a celebration of food. Across the Arab world, it is a time of increased food sales as families get together to break bread. This year, however, the holy month has served to accentuate the very real food crisis that is faced by countries ...
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France should mobilize rather than marginalize its Muslims

  • The egalitarian principles of the French republic would suggest that the state is blind to the creeds and private beliefs of its citizens. For the most part, this is correct. Its very particular brand of state-endorsed secularism projects a certain veneer of a republic to which all its citizens...
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Macron set to sharpen diplomatic focus after busy 2020

  • French President Emmanuel Macron in Beirut after the port explosion, Lebanon, August 6, 2020. (Reuters) Amid the unprecedented uncertainty in global affairs of the last year, the marked rebirth of French diplomacy — through a series of frenzied overseas efforts — has been a strik...
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