Macron arrives in Mali for military review


Support for French President Emmanuel Macron's new centrist party is growing before legislative elections next month, a poll found Thursday, raising the chances that he will be able to win parliamentary backing for his reform plans.

They also pledged to work together on current worldwide and regional issues, especially underlining the importance of their continued cooperation on resolving Ukraine's internal conflict, it said.

French President Emmanuel Macron has delivered on his promise to achieve gender parity in government by appointing an equal number of men and women to his cabinet.

Macron has said he intends to keep his distance from the press in an effort to restore the authority of the presidential office which he felt was damaged under his gossip-loving predecessor Francois Hollande.

Reporters without Borders denounced the new French government's "concerning signal to the press".

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A US defence official said the convoy had not responded to numerous warnings that it was "getting too close to coalition forces". The convoy was hit on Thursday as it neared a group of US-backed rebels and a Western special forces unit in Tanf.

Philippe, who was appointed by newly inaugurated President Emmanuel Macron, used to work as head of public affairs for state nuclear energy group Areva, parts of which are set to be absorbed by EDF, the state power utility which operates the nation's aging nuclear power station fleet.

President Emmanuel Macron heads to Mali today for his first official visit outside the European Union amid a brewing spat with the French media.

Macron, who will also verify his choices for government ministers, is hosting Donald Tusk in the Elysee Palace in a sign of the new French president's determination to shore up European unity.

Macron's office says that the meeting, attended by the country's most senior military and security officials, focused on the operations of French armed forces overseas -mostly in Africa's Sahel region, Iraq and Syria.

The Kremlin had "chosen its candidates", conservative Francois Fillon and far-right leader Marine Le Pen, because "they don't want a strong Europe", Macron's spokesman Benjamin Griveaux said in February.

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Another said they were spending so much time on the sites they were losing out on sleep, their homework and time with friends and family.

"It has been agreed to work jointly along crucial global and regional tracks, including the struggle against terrorism". France and Germany jointly brokered the 2015 peace deal for eastern Ukraine.

The cabinet had their first weekly meeting in the Élysée presidential Palace in Paris today.

The armed forces will now be led by Sylvie Goulard, the most senior woman in the government.

Those present included economy and budget ministers from the right, a TV environmentalist put in charge of ecology and energy, and a veteran Socialist who was defense minister in the preceding government but now has a Europe and foreign policy brief.

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He'll visit the birthplace of Islam, the Jewish homeland and the Vatican. "His message is going to be about unity", said U.N. Trump, however, will have plenty of company who can either keep him out of trouble on the trip - or help him get into it.