Emmanuel Macron

Macron says new EU sanctions against Turkish drilling show bloc’s firmness

The new sanctions the European Union is preparing over Turkish gas drilling show the EU will no longer accept destabilizing actions in its orbit, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday.

Macron also said the EU remained open to dialog with Turkey, after a EU summit in Brussels. [Reuters]

Turkey appoints Macron’s classmate as Paris envoy

Turkey has appointed Ambassador Ali Onaner as its envoy to Paris, who was one of the classmates of French President Emmanuel Macron at the Ecole National d'Administration (ENA), also known as the National School of Administration, in Paris in the early 2000s, daily Hürriyet reported and printed a picture depicting the two together from their school days.

COVID-19: Germany Will Try to Get EU Deal to Close Ski Resorts

Germany is seeking an agreement with EU countries to keep ski resorts closed until early January, in an attempt to curb the spread of coronavirus.

"I will say this openly that it won't be easy, but we will try," Chancellor Angela Merkel said after speaking to Germany's regional leaders on Tuesday.

The news came as the country extended its partial lockdown until 20 December.

"Shocking" Clashes in Central Paris as Police Clears up Migrant Camp


French Interior Minister Gerald Dermanin announced he was launching an investigation into the clashes that broke out late last night after police cleared up a makeshift migrant camp in Place de la Republique in Paris, adding that the footage of the clashes was "shocking," Reuters reported.