France cancels defence meeting with UK over submarine deal row

France has cancelled a meeting between Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly and her British counterpart planned for this week after Australia scrapped a submarine order with Paris in favour of a deal with Washington and London, two sources familiar with the matter said. Parly personally took the decision to drop the bilateral meeting with British… Read More France cancels defence meeting with UK over submarine deal row

France recalls envoys from U.S., Australia over submarine deal row

France plunged into an unprecedented diplomatic crisis with the United States and Australia on Friday after it recalled its ambassadors from both countries over a trilateral security deal which sank a French-designed submarine contract with Canberra. The rare decision taken by French President Emmanuel Macron was made due to the “exceptional gravity” of the matter,… Read More France recalls envoys from U.S., Australia over submarine deal row

French President Emmanuel Macron confers nation’s highest honour on last survivor of D-Day commando unit

President Emmanuel Macron gave one of France’s highest honours on Friday to Leon Gautier, last surviving member of the French commando unit that waded onshore on D-Day alongside allied troops to begin the liberation of Europe. Gautier, 98, rose from his wheelchair to stand, leaning on two sticks, as Macron pinned the medal on his… Read More French President Emmanuel Macron confers nation’s highest honour on last survivor of D-Day commando unit

China denounces G7 statement over criticism on several issues

China denounced on Monday a joint statement by the Group of Seven leaders that had scolded Beijing over a range of issues as a gross interference in the country’s internal affairs, and urged the grouping to stop slandering China. The G7 leaders on Sunday took China to task over human rights in the heavily Muslim… Read More China denounces G7 statement over criticism on several issues

G7 leaders agree to increase contributions to boost climate finance

G7 leaders agreed on Sunday to raise their contributions to meet an overdue spending pledge of $100 billion a year by rich countries to help poorer countries cut carbon emissions and cope with global warming, but only two nations offered firm promises of more cash. Alongside plans billed as helping speed infrastructure funding in developing… Read More G7 leaders agree to increase contributions to boost climate finance

China cautions G7 leaders over global power rivalry

China on Sunday pointedly cautioned Group of Seven leaders that the days when “small” groups of countries decided the fate of the world was long gone, hitting back at the richest democracies as they sought to act in concert to counter Beijing’s might. The re-emergence of China as a leading global power is considered to… Read More China cautions G7 leaders over global power rivalry

G7 seeks to counter China with grand infrastructure plan

The Group of Seven richest democracies sought on Saturday to counter China’s growing influence by offering developing nations an infrastructure plan that could rival President Xi Jinping’s multi-trillion-dollar Belt and Road initiative. The G7, whose leaders are meeting in southwestern England, has been searching for a coherent response to the growing assertiveness of Xi after… Read More G7 seeks to counter China with grand infrastructure plan

Two arrested after President Emmanuel Macron slapped in southern France

A man slapped President Emmanuel Macron in the face on Tuesday during a walkabout in southern France, an incident which his prime minister denounced as an affront to democracy. In a video circulating on social media, Macron reached out his hand to greet a man in a small crowd of onlookers standing behind a metal… Read More Two arrested after President Emmanuel Macron slapped in southern France