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Emmanuel Macron Raises the Presidential Portrait Stakes - New York Times

For anyone who has ever doubted the extent to which politicians consider their image, the official portrait of President Emmanuel Macron of France that was released on Thursday should put any lingering questions permanently to rest. Or rather, a video ...and more »

Emmanuel Macron's official portrait is a symbolic celebration of centrism - Quartz

With a two-word tweet, French president Emmanuel Macron unveiled his official portrait yesterday. Taken in his office at the Élysée Palace 46 days after being sworn into office, the 39-year-old centrist's striking portrait is a masterclass in soft ...and more »

Deficit warning gives Emmanuel Macron first reality check - Financial Times

President Emmanuel Macron's new government will have to slash spending if it is to meet its EU budget deficit limits this year, France's public spending watchdog has warned. The Cour des Comptes said the deficit target of 2.8 per cent of gross domestic ...and more »

French Puzzle Over Macron as Their New President Gathers Up Power - New York Times

PARIS — Is he Machiavelli, Bonaparte or de Gaulle? Emmanuel Macron wrote a thesis about the first, is often compared to the second and frequently cites the third. That parlor game playing out in the French media, as France tries to figure out its new ...and more »

France 'far off course' in efforts to hit deficit targets - The Local France

France is set to miss its 2017 deficit target by a wide margin, the country's public accounts watchdog said on Thursday, predicting the gap between spending and revenue would exceed a eurozone limit of 3 percent of GDP. In the absence of "strong ...and more »

My thoughts are 'too complex' for journalists, says Emmanuel Macron - Telegraph.co.uk

Emmanuel Macron has sparked anger and mockery for dispensing with the French president's traditional Bastille Day television interview because his thoughts are “too complex” for such a forum. An Elysée official told Le Monde newspaper that the ...and more »

Brexit: France promises new court to handle English law cases in bid to lure UK-based firms - The Independent

France will set up a special court to handle English-law cases for financial contracts after Britain leaves the European Union, Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Thursday as Paris steps up its charm offensive to attract banks. In a roadshow in ...and more »

Macron's 'complex thoughts' too much for Bastille Day press conference - FRANCE 24

French President Emmanuel Macron will not continue the tradition of the Bastille Day news conference – on the grounds that his “complex thoughts” are not suited to journalists' questions. Bastille Day is France's key national holiday. On July 14, the ...and more »

The French president's official photo features two smartphones - The Verge

French president Emmanuel Macron today released his official photo, which features the newly elected head of state standing in front of his desk. The photo is perfectly centered, with Macron framed by French and EU flags in front of an open window, but ...and more »

Is Europe on the verge of becoming the new world leader? - Hindustan Times

When leaders of G20 states gather in Hamburg this week, the world will be watching closely to see if they step up to the plate to fill the space ceded by the US under President Donald Trump. The rise of Trump with his “America First” credo had boosted ...and more »