Far from an exception, 16 March marked the 100th time under the Fifth Republic that France’s president chose to use a special constitutional measure to force through unpopular measures.
Young people walk behind a banner during a demonstration in Paris against the reform of the pension system.
The adoption of France’s pension-reform law without a vote of the National Assembly puts greater demands on workers for the benefit of those who have already retired.
A demonstrator holds a placard reading “Macron, no no no no, 49,3 times no”, a reference to a French law that would allow the country’s president to pass pension reform without a vote in the National Assembly.
While the scale of the strikes in both countries is historic, a scholar in employer relations notes the legislative conditions framing industrial action in the UK are much more restrictive.
It is the first time French trade unions have shown unity since their opposition to pension reform in 2010.
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France’s trade unions have managed to galvanise the largest movement in decades in opposition to pension reform. What will happen to them once the bill has been passed or abandoned?
Brexit and Boris Johnson caused tension but France and the UK are getting back on track.
Protesters wave French trade union CGT flags during a rally called by French trade unions against the government pension reform plan in Marseille, southern France, on January 19, 2023.
French citizens have protested pension reform for the past 30 years. A historian explains why the evolving power struggle between the streets and the state does not bode well for today’s strikers.
Macron and Biden appear to be in good spirits despite supposed tension.
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The future of Nato, relations with China and cooperation over energy were all on the table as well as international trade.
Co-author of this article, Chief Ninawa, hereditary Chief of the Huni Kui Indigenous people of the Amazon, holds a sign that says: ‘Amazon is life, petroleum and gas is death’ outside a hotel in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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A different future will not be possible without reverence, respect, reciprocity and responsibility towards the Earth. On this issue, Indigenous Peoples have a lot to share.
French president Emmanuel Macron and Algerian president Abdelmadjid Tebboune after signing a “renewed partnership agreement” in August 2022.
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France’s ‘renewed partnership’ with Algeria may be less about exploring a difficult and painful past and more about pressing political concerns.
An artefact is returned to the king of Benin in Nigeria.
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Art stolen from African kingdoms is a knowledge system plundered by colonialists, who must take historical responsibility.
French President Emmanuel Macron.
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In Africa, French will only continue to embed itself - if speaking it is in the interests of Africans and not attached to French foreign policy interests.
President Emmanuel Macron (G) et Umaro Sissoco Embalo, president du Guinée Bissau (D).
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Les récentes visites de Macron en Afrique racontent une histoire
de la France qui fait acte de repentance pour ses crimes coloniaux tout en essayant de conserver son influence héritée du colonialisme.
Members of the Levica party march on a government building during a protest in Skopje, North Macedonia, on July 6, 2022. Thousands of people marched for several nights after French President Emmanuel Macron announced a proposal to enable the country’s admission into the EU that many North Macedonians find controversial.
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The EU is creating resentment in North Macedonia over its feud with Bulgaria. In the midst of the Russia-Ukraine war, it will only serve to benefit Russia in its efforts to undermine the EU.
When speaking, Emmanual Macron is the champion of “en même temps” (at the same time), putting ideas that are normally opposed directly together.
Freshly re-elected in April, France’s president lost his parliamentary majority in June. So who is Emmanuel Macron and what defines his paradoxical politics?
The road to EU membership is usually a long process, sometimes taking decades.
Michelle Grattan discusses the political week that was with Chris Wallace, Professor at the University of Canberra.
French Education and Youth Minister Pap Ndiaye speaks during a press conference following a weekly cabinet meeting at the Elysée Palace in Paris on June 14, 2022.
Considered a pioneer of “Black Studies à la française”, Ndiaye’s appointment comes at a time when issues in race and gender have divided the French political class and public opinion.
A man goes to the polling booth in Le Touquet for the second round of the legislative election on 19 June 2022.
The results of the second round resulted in a historic record of seats for the RN and an even greater polarisation of political life within the National Assembly itself.
The results of the first round of the legislative elections on 12 June from the headquarters of Ensemble! (presidential coalition) in Paris show the close finish with the left-wing coalition Nupes.
Amid record abstention, the left-wing NUPES coalition performed well against the presidential coalition.
DNA is a trove of personal information that can be hard to keep track of and protect.
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Both Macron and Madonna have expressed concerns about genetic privacy. As DNA collection and sequencing becomes increasingly commonplace, what may seem paranoid may instead be prescient.