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France: Brigitte Macron contracted Covid-19 during the Christmas holidays

Brigitte Macron, the wife of the French president, was declared positive for Covid-19 on December 24, without showing serious symptoms, before being declared negative six days later, her cabinet said on Saturday, confirming information from hurry.

Ms Macron, 67, tested positive on Christmas Eve while the couple were on vacation in Brégançon in the south, a week after her husband went into solitary confinement after contracting the disease.

She is now fully recovered, according to her cabinet, which told AFP that the information had not been disclosed since it had no impact on its public agenda.

Suffering from mild symptoms, she was then tested negative on December 30 and again on December 31, which allowed her to return to Paris and resume her activities on January 4.

Tested positive for Covid-19 on December 17, Emmanuel Macron remained in solitary confinement for a week in an official residence near Paris while his wife was at the presidential palace.

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Macron says Brexit is the product of ‘lies and false promises’

Macron says Brexit is the product of ‘lies and false promises’ in annual address delivered hours after his father denounced him as a ‘self-serving’ politician

  • Emmanuel Macron has told how Brexit is the product of ‘lies and false promises’  
  • Macron questioned the strength of Britain’s sovereignty following its departure
  • His father Jean-Michel Macron, 70, spoke publicly about his son for the first time 

French president Emmanuel Macron has claimed Brexit is the product of ‘lies and false promises’ in a bitter broadside at Britain delivered during his New Year address to the nation. 

Macron, who has grand ambitions for greater EU integration, launched the attack days after being blamed for holding up a Brexit deal with fishing demands. 

The French president was also accused of using a ban on British freight, designed to stop the mutated Kent strain of coronavirus reaching France, to ratchet up the tensions in the Brexit negotiations.   

In the address delivered from the Elysee Palace, Paris, Mr Macron questioned the strength of Britain’s sovereignty following its departure from the European Union.

Yet he insisted that the UK ‘remains our neighbour but also our friend and close ally’ after the departure was formally completed at 11pm on New Year’s Eve.  

French president Emmanuel Macron has told how Brexit is the product of ‘lies and false promises’ in an annual address delivered hours after his father denounced him

Mr Macron said: ‘A few days ago, we reached an agreement to organise our future relations, defending our interests, our industries, our fishermen and our unity, he said in a video address. 

‘The United Kingdom remains our neighbour but also our friend and ally. This choice of leaving Europe, this Brexit, was the child of European malaise and lots of lies and false promises.’  

Mr Macron assured that France is ‘first of all in Europe’ and added: ‘I will do everything to ensure we remain the masters of our destiny and our lives. 

In his New Year video address from the Elysee Palace, Paris, Mr Macron questioned the strength of Britain's sovereignty following its departure from the European Union

In his New Year video address from the Elysee Palace, Paris, Mr Macron questioned the strength of Britain’s sovereignty following its departure from the European Union

‘But this sovereignty also acts through the stronger, more autonomous and more united EU that we have built in 2020.’

Under the post-Brexit agreement struck on Christmas Eve, the EU will give up only 25 per cent of the value of fish caught in UK waters – with a five-and-a-half-year transition period rather than 80 per cent over three years initially demanded by the UK.

French fishing bosses welcomed the deal after they had feared No Deal because they would have been locked out of British waters.    

Jean-Michel Macron (pictured in 2017 with Francoise Nogues-Macron), 70, spoke publicly about his son for the first time since he entered office in 2017 and denounced him as a 'self-serving' politician

Jean-Michel Macron (pictured in 2017 with Francoise Nogues-Macron), 70, spoke publicly about his son for the first time since he entered office in 2017 and denounced him as a ‘self-serving’ politician

The video address comes after his father, Jean-Michel Macron, 70, spoke publicly about his son for the first time since he entered office in 2017 and denounced him as a ‘self-serving’ politician.

However commentators have suggested that his father has become irritated by how the French head of state has portrayed his maternal grandmother, teacher Germaine Noguès, as the key figure throughout his childhood, according to The Times. 

His father expressed dismay at his son’s choice to allow magazines to photograph him along with sharing details of his private life. 

However Mr Macron, who is a surgeon living in Amiens, northern France, where his son grew up, added: ‘Emmanuel is a great actor, a seducer. That is useful in politics.’ 

Boris Johnson signed his Brexit trade deal with the EU as he brought the curtain down on four years of wrangling over the UK's split from Brussels

Boris Johnson signed his Brexit trade deal with the EU as he brought the curtain down on four years of wrangling over the UK’s split from Brussels

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President of France Has Coronavirus


Dec. 17, 2020 — President Emmanuel Macron of France has tested positive for the coronavirus, officials announced Thursday.

“This diagnosis was established after a RT-PCR test that was carried out as soon as the first symptoms appeared,” according to a statement from the president’s office. It didn’t describe the symptoms or when they first appeared, The New York Times reported.

Macron, 42, will work in isolation for the next seven days, according to the statement. The country’s prime minister, Jean Castex, will also work from isolation because of his recent proximity with Macron, officials said.

A number of other world leaders have been infected with the new coronavirus, including U.S. President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain, The Times reported.




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Emmanuel Macron tests positive for Covid-19 and is self-isolating day after hugging Portugal’s PM

French President Emmanuel Macron has tested positive for Covid-19 and is self-isolating.  

The 42-year-old took a test ‘as soon as the first symptoms appeared,’ the Elysee Palace said in a brief statement on Thursday morning.

Mr Macron, who joins Britain’s Boris Johnson and US President Donald Trump in a growing list of world leaders who have contracted Covid-19, will isolate for seven days but plans to continue running the country via video conference. 

Frantic contact tracing is now afoot as the president has been centre stage in Brexit negotiations and only yesterday embraced the Prime Minister of Portugal in Paris.

Mr Johnson, who has been snubbed by Mr Macron on face-to-face Brexit talks, tweeted: ‘Sorry to hear my friend @EmmanuelMacron has tested positive for coronavirus. We are all wishing you a speedy recovery.’ 

WEDNESDAY: French President Emmanuel Macron with Prime Minister Of Portugal Antonio Costa, 59, at the Elysee Palace on Wednesday

FRIDAY: Macron in a diplomatic scrum with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (left), uropean Council President Charles Michel (centre) and Hungarian PM Viktor Orban (right)

FRIDAY: Macron in a diplomatic scrum with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (left), uropean Council President Charles Michel (centre) and Hungarian PM Viktor Orban (right)

MONDAY: Macron (second from left) meets with dignitaries for a meeting of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development: European Council President Charles Michel, Secretary General Angel Gurria, Spanish PM Pedro Sanchez, and UNESCO general director Audrey Azoulay

MONDAY: Macron (second from left) meets with dignitaries for a meeting of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development: European Council President Charles Michel, Secretary General Angel Gurria, Spanish PM Pedro Sanchez, and UNESCO general director Audrey Azoulay

MONDAY: French President Emmanuel Macron pats Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on the back as he arrives for work at the palace on Monday

MONDAY: French President Emmanuel Macron pats Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on the back as he arrives for work at the palace on Monday

MONDAY: Macron shakes hands and holds 70-year-old Angel Gurria, the Secretary General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, on Monday at the palace

MONDAY: Macron shakes hands and holds 70-year-old Angel Gurria, the Secretary General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, on Monday at the palace

LAST THURSDAY: Macron speaking with the EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen amid tense Brexit discussions - the virus has an incubation period of up to 14 days

LAST THURSDAY: Macron speaking with the EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen amid tense Brexit discussions – the virus has an incubation period of up to 14 days

French President Emmanuel Macron, center, speaks with Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban, right, during a round table meeting during an EU summit at the European Council building in Brussels, on December 10

French President Emmanuel Macron, center, speaks with Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban, right, during a round table meeting during an EU summit at the European Council building in Brussels, on December 10

Mr Macron with his wife welcoming the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to the palace on December 7. Mr Macron's 67-year-old wife Brigitte has also gone into isolation for the second time.

Mr Macron with his wife welcoming the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to the palace on December 7. Mr Macron’s 67-year-old wife Brigitte has also gone into isolation for the second time.

Boris Johnson, who has been snubbed by Mr Macron on face-to-face Brexit talks, tweeted: 'Sorry to hear my friend @EmmanuelMacron has tested positive for coronavirus. We are all wishing you a speedy recovery.'

Boris Johnson, who has been snubbed by Mr Macron on face-to-face Brexit talks, tweeted: ‘Sorry to hear my friend @EmmanuelMacron has tested positive for coronavirus. We are all wishing you a speedy recovery.’

Mr Macron joined dozens of other European leaders, including the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and German Chancellor Angela Merkel for a summit in Brussels last Thursday.

MACRON’S CONTACTS 

WEDNESDAY:

Embraces 59-year-old PM of Portugal Antonio Costa at Elysee Palace.

MONDAY:

Meets with European Council President Charles Michel, Spanish PM Pedro Sanchez, OECD chief Angel Gurria, and UNESCO general director Audrey Azoulay.  

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11:

Macron takes centre stage at EU summit in Brussels – meets with Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10:

French president is seen in a diplomatic scrum with Hungarian PM Viktor Orban and Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz.

Who is self-isolating?

Spanish PM Sanchez, EU Commission President Michel, French PM Jean Castex, Parliament speaker Richard Ferrand and Mr Macron’s wife Brigitte.

They have not tested positive. 

Virus has incubation period of 14 days, meaning that anyone who came into contact with Mr Macron up to Dec. 3 is advised to get tested and self-isolate. 

A key aspect of their talks was how to implement a Covid vaccine on the continent – the EU is lagging behind Britain because its central regulatory body must take into account all 27 member states – the bureaucrats have managed to cut down their usual process of 210 days to fewer than 150. 

Also dominating discussions was Brexit and Mr Macron was pictured having a close chats with President von der Leyen last Thursday and with Mrs Merkel on Friday.

Mr Macron was also pictured gesturing in the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s face while standing just a few yards from the Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz.  

And only yesterday, the French President embraced the 59-year-old PM of Portugal Mr Costa on the steps of the Elysee Palace.

The tactile Mr Macron was pictured again at the palace on Monday welcoming dignitaries including European Council President Charles Michel, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and the chief of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Angel Gurria. 

Today, Spanish PM Sanchez, European Commission President Michel and French PM Jean Castex all announced that they will be self-isolating. None of them has tested positive. 

Mr Macron’s 67-year-old wife, Brigitte, has also gone into isolation for the second time – she quarantined in October after coming into contact with someone who tested positive.  

As result of the diagnosis, a trip next week by Mr Macron to Lebanon – where the president had been pressing for far-reaching political change after the giant Beirut port explosion in August – has been cancelled. 

The virus has an incubation period of 14 days, meaning that anyone who came into contact with Mr Macron up to December 3 would be advised to either get tested or self-isolate.

The French president is one of several heads of state and government around the world who have contracted Covid-19, including British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and US President Donald Trump.

France recorded more than 17,000 new cases on Wednesday - sparking concern as people shop and travel more ahead of the Christmas holidays

France recorded more than 17,000 new cases on Wednesday – sparking concern as people shop and travel more ahead of the Christmas holidays

The virus has resurfaced in France - as across the rest of Europe - and there are grave fears that deaths could spike in the colder winter months

The virus has resurfaced in France – as across the rest of Europe – and there are grave fears that deaths could spike in the colder winter months 

DECEMBER 11: Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel (L), European Council President Charles Michel (C) and French President Emmanuel Macron (left 2) attend EU Leaders Summit in Brussels

DECEMBER 11: Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel (L), European Council President Charles Michel (C) and French President Emmanuel Macron (left 2) attend EU Leaders Summit in Brussels

DECEMBER 11: Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel (C), European Council President Charles Michel (L) and French President Emmanuel Macron (R) attend EU Leaders Summit in Brussels

DECEMBER 11: Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel (C), European Council President Charles Michel (L) and French President Emmanuel Macron (R) attend EU Leaders Summit in Brussels

MONDAY: Macron welcomes European Council President Charles Michel to the palace

MONDAY: Macron welcomes European Council President Charles Michel to the palace

Macron during an EU summit in Brussels last Friday - he has been surrounded by other heads of state and diplomats

Macron during an EU summit in Brussels last Friday – he has been surrounded by other heads of state and diplomats

MONDAY: Macron (l) speaks to Louise Ekland on stage during the Rugby World Cup France 2023 draw at Palais Brongniart

MONDAY: Macron (l) speaks to Louise Ekland on stage during the Rugby World Cup France 2023 draw at Palais Brongniart

France earlier this week eased restrictions imposed to battle the second wave of the coronavirus but infection rates remain high.

There is still a nationwide overnight curfew from 8 pm to halt the spread of the virus while restaurants and cafes as well as theatres and cinemas remain closed.

Over 59,300 people have died in France of coronavirus since the start of the pandemic, according to official figures.

The recording of over 17,000 new cases on Wednesday alone has also generated concern as people shop and travel more intensely ahead of the Christmas holidays.

Like other EU states, France is pinning its hopes on a vaccine to quell the virus and Castex said Wednesday the country will receive around 1.16 million Covid-19 vaccine doses by year end.

Castex said that the start of the vaccine campaign was conditional on approval from the European Medicines Agency, expected on December 21.

‘It is only at the end of spring that we will open the vaccination programme to the entire population’, he added.

Another problem for the French authorities is that according to an opinion poll, only 53 percent of people want to be vaccinated, among the lowest rates in the world. 

MONDAY: Macron, without a mask, bumps elbows with the OECD's 70-year-old Secretary General Angel Gurria on Monday

MONDAY: Macron, without a mask, bumps elbows with the OECD’s 70-year-old Secretary General Angel Gurria on Monday

WEDNESDAY: Macron, right, and Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa answer reporters

WEDNESDAY: Macron, right, and Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa answer reporters

World leaders who caught Covid 

Donald Trump

The US president, who famously referred to the virus as a hoax, caught the disease at the height of the presidential campaign in October.

The 74-year-old was admitted to hospital but made a rapid recovery to get back out on the campaign trail.

Jair Bolsonaro

The 65-year-old Brazilian president had played down the seriousness of the virus, calling it a ‘little flu, but caught the disease in July.

During his quarantine, Mr Bolsonaro said: ‘I knew I was going to catch it someday, as I think unfortunately nearly everyone here is going to catch it eventually. What are you afraid of? Face up to it.’

Boris Johnson

The British Prime Minister, 56, was among world leaders the worst afflicted by coronavirus.

Mr Johnson was rushed to intensive care in April at the height of the pandemic in Europe.

Such was the severity of his illness that preparations were made should he die.

Prince Albert II of Monaco

The 62-year-old head of state caught coronavirus in March and medics gave him the all clear at the start of April.

Mikhail Mishustin

The Russian Prime Minister caught the virus in April. Mishustin, 54, was forced to hand powers over to his colleagues while recovering from the disease. 

Ambrose Dlamini

The Prime Minister of Swaziland this week became the first world leader to die of Covid-19, two weeks after he was rushed to hospital in South Africa. 

The 52-year-old tested positive for the disease in mid-November but was said to be feeling well and was asymptomatic. But his condition deteriorated and he was taken from the tiny landlocked nation to a hospital in neighbouring South Africa.

Juan Orlando Hernandez

The Honduras president announced in June that he had tested positive, along with two other people who worked closely with him. Hernandez said he had started what he called the ‘MAIZ treatment,’ an experimental and unproven combination of microdacyn, azithromycin, ivermectin and zinc.

He was briefly hospitalized and released. He has added his voice to growing pleas for equitable access to any COVID-19 vaccine, asking the recent U.N. gathering of world leaders, ‘Are people to be left to die?’

Alexander Lukashenko

The president of Belarus, who dismissed concerns about the virus as ‘psychosis’ and recommended drinking vodka to stay healthy, said in July he had contracted it himself but was asymptomatic.  

Alejando Giammattei

The Guatemalan president said he tested positive for the virus in September. ‘My symptoms are very mild. Up to now, I have body aches, it hurt more yesterday than today, like a bad cold,’ he said during a televised address. ‘I don’t have a fever, I have a bit of a cough.’ He said he’d be working from home.

Jeanine Anez

The virus drove the Bolivian interim president into isolation in July, but she said she was feeling well.

Luis Abinader

The newly elected president of the Dominican Republic contracted and recovered from COVID-19 during his campaign. He spent weeks in isolation before the country’s July election.

Nuno Gomes Nabiam  

Prime Minister of Guinea-Bissau said he tested positive in April.

 

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France’s Macron says nuclear will remain key energy source


Nuclear power will remain a key part of France’s energy supplies, President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday in a show of support for the industry even as he looks to reduce nuclear’s dominance as a power source.

France has said it will cut its reliance on nuclear energy to 50% from 75% by 2035 and has yet to make a final decision on whether to build next-generation EPR nuclear reactors.

That is due by 2023, by which time state-controlled utility EDF’s Flamanville 3 EPR project should be up and running, but Macron said he wanted to make a big push on preparations by next year.

“The preparatory studies around the construction of new reactors are key and I want them to continue and be wrapped up in the coming months,” Macron said during a visit to nuclear components maker Framatome, part of EDF.

EDF, which has been plagued by delays and cost overruns on existing projects, has already said it plans to unveil a new, cheaper-to-build version of its EPR nuclear reactor by mid-2021.

Macron nonetheless signalled broad support for the industry, even as he flagged the need to move more towards renewable energy. He said France’s next-generation aircraft carrier would be nuclear-powered.

“The nuclear industry will remain the cornerstone of our strategic autonomy,” Macron said.

Some environmental campaigners have hit out at this policy, with Greenpeace calling nuclear energy a “false solution” to climate change concerns, saying it entailed costs that could be better spent on cleaner solutions.

France is continental Europe’s only nuclear power. Britain is a nuclear power too, though its relationship with the European Union – from trade to security – once it leaves the EU’s orbit on Jan. 1 remains uncertain.

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Macron pays a vibrant tribute to Maradona


French President Emmanuel Macron paid a vibrant tribute to Diego Maradona, who died Wednesday at the age of 60, considering that this “artist”, this “genius”, “this sumptuous player” is “the greatest footballer of all time”, the one who “made the revolution on the ground”.

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“The hand of God had placed a football genius on earth. She has just taken it back from us, with an unforeseen dribble that has deceived all our defenses. Did she want, with this gesture, to settle the debate of the century: is Diego Maradona the greatest football player of all time? The tears of millions of orphans respond to it today with painful evidence, ”wrote Emmanuel Macron in a press release.

For the French president, Maradona was a “crampon dancer”, an “artist”, a “sumptuous and unpredictable player” whose football had nothing recited thanks to “an always renewed inspiration” and who “embodied the magic Game”.

Recalling the playing career with Boca Juniors, Barcelona and Naples, Emmanuel Macron stops on the quarter-final of the World Cup on June 22, 1986 in Mexico City against the England of Margaret Thatcher in conflict with Argentina on the islands Falklands.

“He still had to write the history of a country scarred by dictatorship and military defeat. This resurrection took place in 1986, in the most geopolitical match in football history ”. By lifting the trophy this year, Maradona allows the cup to return to Argentina. “This time, it’s that of the people, not that of the generals,” remarks the president.

“But his expeditions to Fidel Castro as to Hugo Chavez will have the taste of a bitter defeat”, he regrets. “It is on the grounds that Maradona made the revolution”.

“To all those who saved their pocket money to finally complete the Panini Mexico 1986 album with its sticker, to all those who tried to negotiate with their partner to baptize their son Diego, to his Argentinian compatriots, to the Neapolitans who drawn frescoes worthy of Diego Rivera in his effigy, to all football lovers, the President of the Republic sends his heartfelt condolences, ”writes Mr. Macron.

Before concluding in Spanish, to say that Maradona remains: “Diego se queda”.



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France president Emmanuel Macron praises Maradona with dig at Margaret Thatcher


France president Emmanuel Macron has praised Diego Maradona with a blatant dig at late former UK prime minister Margaret Thatcher.

Argentina football legend Maradona passed away aged 60 on Wednesday after suffering heart failure whilst sleeping at home in Buenos Aires.

Tributes have poured in from across the world of sport and beyond for the much-loved forward, highly regarded as one the greatest ever players.

Macron chose to pay his own respects to Maradona with a strange tribute, hailing him for defeating “Margaret Thatcher’s England” in the 1986 World Cup.

Maradona infamously cheated in the quarter-final fixture, using his ‘Hand of God’ to score Argentina’s first, before producing a spectacular solo effort for their second on the way to victory.

Macron has paid tribute to “football genius” Maradona

The win came just four years after England had claimed victory in the Falklands War between the two nations while under Thatcher’s leadership.

Macron’s comments were among a 600-word statement made by the Elysee, during which he also hailed Maradona as the best player of all time, even ahead of French legends Michel Platini and Zinedine Zidane.

The statement told how Maradona “had to write the history of a country scarred by dictatorship and military defeat.”

Before explaining: “This resurrection took place in 1986, in the most geopolitical match in football history, a World Cup quarter-final against Margaret Thatcher’s England.

“On June 22, 1986, in Mexico City, he scored his first goal with God as a teammate. The miracle is disputed, but the referee didn’t see a thing: Maradona’s sense of showmanship made him irrelevant.”

Emmanuel Macron aimed a dig at Margaret Thatcher in his tribute to Maradona
Emmanuel Macron aimed a dig at Margaret Thatcher in his tribute to Maradona

Diego Maradona dies age 60

During the rest of the tribute, Macron refers to Maradona as a “genius” and an “artist” while claiming the football pitch was the stage for his own revolution, before ending it with: “Diego remains.”

Thousands of fans are paying homage to Maradona at the presidential palace in Argentina, as the country begins three days of national mourning for their hero.

Maradona’s coffin is on display at the palace and is expected to attract over one million visitors in the coming days.





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Trudeau from Canada, Johnson from England and Macron from France congratulate Biden | The NY Journal


Trudeau from Canada, Johnson from England and Macron from France congratulate Biden.

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Congratulations on the virtual triumph of Joe Biden Y Kamala Harris After the presidential elections in the United States, they did not wait and some of the first came from Canada, France Y Kingdom United.

Justin trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, congratulated the next US President and Vice President. He noted that the two countries are close friends, companions and allies.

“We share a relationship that is unique on the world stage. I’m looking forward to working together and developing that with the two of you, ”Trudeau said.

For its part, Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of Kingdom United congratulated Joe Biden for his election as President of the United States and Kamala Harris for his historic achievement.

“The United States is our most important allies and we look forward to working closely together on our shared priorities, from climate change and security,” he wrote Johnson.

While the president of France, Emmanuel macron He wrote two messages, one in English and the other in French, which read: “The Americans have elected a president. Congratulations to Joe Biden Y Kamala Harris. We currently have many challenges ahead. Let’s work together”.

Joe Biden, former US Vice President (2009-2017), will return to the House White after exceeding 270 electoral votes, according to the latest projections of CNN results, not yet recognized by the current president Donald Trump.

Even the conservative channel Fox News announced this morning that Biden is “the president-elect”, after giving him the winner in Nevada and Pennsylvania. Some electoral maps place the former vice president at 273 electoral votes and Trump at 214, including BBC World. But CNN Y Fox News go further and award 290 to Biden.

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Macron calls for strengthening of border controls in EU’s Schengen zone


President Emmanuel Macron today called for a strengthening of border controls in the European Union’s Schengen zone following recent Islamist attacks in France and Austria.

Macron, speaking during a visit to France’s border with Spain, said that France alone will bolster its border controls by doubling police numbers to 4,800. 

The tighter controls were needed to curb clandestine immigration, said Macron, adding that the criminal gangs illegally trafficking migrants into Europe were often linked to terror networks. 

‘I am in favour of an in-depth re-foundation of Schengen to re-think its organisation and beef up our common border security,’ he added.

During a visit to the Franco-Spanish border today (pictured), President Emmanuel Macron called for an ‘in-depth re-foundation of Schengen’ to ‘beef up our common border security’ 

The president said he would present proposals to European Union partners at an EU summit in December. 

France, home to Europe’s largest Muslim community, has been hit by a string of militant attacks in recent years.  

On 29 October, a Tunisian man beheaded one woman and killed two other people in a church in Nice. Brahim Aouissaoui had arrived on the Italian island of Lampedusa, which lies off North Africa, five weeks earlier. 

After being transferred to the mainland, Aouissaoui travelled into France by train hours before launching his attack. 

The jihadist who killed four people in Vienna on Monday travelled to neighbouring Slovakia in July in an attempt to buy ammunition, Austrian officials said. 

Macron said the recent attacks were a warning to Europe that ‘the terrorist risk is everywhere’.

In a piece for the Financial Times, Macron today warned that some French districts have become ‘terrorist breeding grounds’ where ‘small girls wear full veil and are raised to hate our values’.   

The head of state painted a picture of lawless suburbs in which abused infants are kept away from children of the opposite sex in an open letter defending his stance against Islamic extremists. 

Security forces guard the area after a reported knife attack at Notre Dame church in Nice, France, October 29, 2020

Security forces guard the area after a reported knife attack at Notre Dame church in Nice, France, October 29, 2020

Nice attacker Brahim Auissaoui is seen in a photograph taken at the Italian port city of Bari, where he disembarked from a coronavirus quarantine ship on October 8 - marking his arrival in mainland Europe

Nice attacker Brahim Auissaoui is seen in a photograph taken at the Italian port city of Bari, where he disembarked from a coronavirus quarantine ship on October 8 – marking his arrival in mainland Europe

Kujtim Fejzulai, 20, posted the photograph on his Instagram account showing him holding the three weapons he would use in the attack and pledging his allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi. Austrian officials said Fejzulai travelled to Slovakia to try to buy ammunition

Kujtim Fejzulai, 20, posted the photograph on his Instagram account showing him holding the three weapons he would use in the attack and pledging his allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi. Austrian officials said Fejzulai travelled to Slovakia to try to buy ammunition 

Macron also said there are ‘hundreds of radicalised individuals’ living in France who could strike with a knife at any moment.   

In the open letter, Macron wrote: ‘Since 2015 it has become clear, and I said this even before I became president, that there are breeding grounds for terrorists in France. 

‘Visit the districts where small girls aged three or four are wearing a full veil, separated from boys, and, from a very young age, separated from the rest of society, raised in hatred of France’s values.’ 

The proposals that Macron would put to EU nations would be based on principals he set out in a letter to citizens ahead of European elections last year, a junior minister said.

In that letter, Macron wrote that Europe needed a common border force and a single asylum office, strict border control obligations and for each member state to supply intelligence under the authority of a European Council for Internal Security.

On Thursday, the president said France would double the number of police manning its borders.

Muslims protest against the comments made by Macron regarding caricatures of Prophet Muhammad in Kolkata

Muslims protest against the comments made by Macron regarding caricatures of Prophet Muhammad in Kolkata 

Protesters burn an effigy depicting French President Emmanuel Macron during a demonstration in Kolkata, India, on November 4

Protesters burn an effigy depicting French President Emmanuel Macron during a demonstration in Kolkata, India, on November 4

Nearly 628,000 non-EU citizens were found to be illegally present in the bloc in 2019, up 10 per cent on the previous year, according to Eurostat data. More than 717,000 non-EU citizens were refused entry, the highest number on record.

France’s border police chief told Macron there had been a surge in attempted crossings of the Franco-Spanish frontier since it reopened in June following the lifting of COVID restrictions. Many came from Algeria and Morocco, agents said.

‘We need to bolster our fight against illegal immigration and traffickers who, increasingly often, have links to terrorism,’ the president said.

The Schengen zone consists of 22 of the 27 European Union member states, as well as Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Lichtenstein. Britain and Ireland are not part of it. 

France has a Muslim community of some five million – the largest in western Europe, and many with roots in former colonies such as Algeria.

Some have complained of increased racism and Islamophobia being aimed against them by politicians including Macron.  

The President announced measures aimed at fighting ‘Islamist separatism’ including stricter government control of schools and other institutions serving Muslims on October 2.

During a speech, he said Islam was ‘in crisis’ globally, and he has also pledged that France will continue to publish Charlie Hebdo cartoons mocking the Prophet Mohammed.

This has led to demonstrations across the Arab and Muslim world for the past two weeks, with thousands calling for a boycott of French products.

In Kolkata, India, thousands of protesters took to the streets yesterday to express their outrage, and burned a model depicting the French President.

Meanwhile in Bangladesh, Muslims rallied and called for a boycott of French goods whilst condemning Macron for his remarks defending the controversial cartoons.              



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Emmanuel Macron warns some French districts are ‘terrorist breeding grounds’


Emmanuel Macron has today warned some French districts are ‘terrorist breeding grounds’ where ‘small girls wear full veil and are raised to hate our values’.    

The head of state painted a picture of lawless suburbs in which abused infants are kept away from children of the opposite sex in an open letter defending his stance against Islamic extremists.

Macron also said there are ‘hundreds of radicalised individuals’ living in France who could strike with a knife at any moment.

His comments come after a spate of terror attacks in France, including the murders of teacher Samuel Paty on October 16 and three others in Nice on October 29.

Emmanuel Macron has today warned some French districts are ‘terrorist breeding grounds’ in an open letter defending his stance against Islamic extremists. Pictured: Macron speaks to media after signing a condolence book for victims of the Vienna attack in Paris on Tuesday 

The President said 'small girls wear full veil and are raised to hate our values' in some areas of France. Pictured: A woman wearing a niqab, the islamic full veil, walks in a street of Lyon, eastern France

The President said ‘small girls wear full veil and are raised to hate our values’ in some areas of France. Pictured: A woman wearing a niqab, the islamic full veil, walks in a street of Lyon, eastern France

In a letter to the Financial Times, Macron wrote: ‘Since 2015 it has become clear, and I said this even before I became president, that there are breeding grounds for terrorists in France.

‘If you do not believe me, read the social media postings of hatred shared in the name of a distorted Islam that resulted in Paty’s death. 

‘Visit the districts where small girls aged three or four are wearing a full veil, separated from boys, and, from a very young age, separated from the rest of society, raised in hatred of France’s values.’

The full veil has been banned in France since 2011, following controversial legislation dubbed ‘the burka ban’. 

Macron wrote the letter in response to a column written in the FT by a Muslim journalist accusing him of spreading hatred against Muslims, which has since been taken down due to ‘factual inaccuracies’.

He said France is fighting against ‘designs of hatred and death that threaten its children — never against Islam’. 

Macron wrote: ‘I will not allow anybody to claim that France, or its government, is fostering racism against Muslims.’

The President said France has every right as a sovereign nation to oppose ‘deception, fanaticism, [and] violent extremism’.

Protesters burn an effigy depicting French President Emmanuel Macron during a demonstration in Kolkata, India, on November 4

Protesters burn an effigy depicting French President Emmanuel Macron during a demonstration in Kolkata, India, on November 4

Muslims protest against the comments made by Macron regarding caricatures of Prophet Muhammad in Kolkata

Muslims protest against the comments made by Macron regarding caricatures of Prophet Muhammad in Kolkata 

He added the country must remain united against the terrorists ‘who want to break us’.

Macron said France ‘knows what it owes to the Islamic civilisation’ and the country’s ‘Muslim leaders speak out when the worst happens’. 

France has a Muslim community of some five million – the largest in western Europe, and many with roots in former colonies such as Algeria.

Some have complained of increased racism and Islamophobia being aimed against them by politicians including Macron. 

Emmanuel Macron (pictured on October 2) described Islam as 'a religion that is in crisis all over the world' as he unveiled a proposal to battle Islamic radicalism which had created a 'parallel society' living outside of French values

Emmanuel Macron (pictured on October 2) described Islam as ‘a religion that is in crisis all over the world’ as he unveiled a proposal to battle Islamic radicalism which had created a ‘parallel society’ living outside of French values

The President announced measures aimed at fighting ‘Islamist separatism’ including stricter government control of schools and other institutions serving Muslims on October 2.

During a speech, he said Islam was ‘in crisis’ globally, and he has also pledged that France will continue to publish Charlie Hebdo cartoons mocking the Prophet Mohammed.

This has led to demonstrations across the Arab and Muslim world for the past two weeks, with thousands calling for a boycott of French products.

In Kolkata, India, thousands of protesters took to the streets yesterday to express their outrage, and burned a model depicting the French President.

Meanwhile in Bangladesh, Muslims rallied and called for a boycott of French goods whilst condemning Macron for his remarks defending the controversial cartoons. 



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