Emmanuel Macron

France under Partial Lockdown for Month, Paris Hospitals Overwhelmed

French PM Jean Castex announced on Thursday a month-long limited lockdown for Paris and other regions of the country starting Friday as the number of Covid-19 patients in intensive care units spikes, FRANCE 24 reported. The new restrictions will be imposed on 16 regions, including the Paris area.

Macron backs Russia dialogue despite Navalny ’mistake’

French President Emmanuel Macron on Feb. 4 said it was essential to continue dialogue with Russia despite its "huge mistake" in jailing opposition figure Alexei Navalny.

Macron has long pushed for a working relationship with Russia under President Vladimir Putin and renewed his commitment to the strategy during a question and answer session with the Atlantic Council think tank.

Supporting Western Balkans’ EU Prospects Won’t Hurt Macron

In the 2019 Eurobarometer, only a third of French respondents - 32 per cent - approved of enlargement, while 58 per cent were against. This was comparable to opinion in Germany or Austria, where 57 per cent were also opposed - but despite that, the governments of these countries strongly favour EU membership for the Western Balkans.

Macron: I am grateful to Vučić VIDEO / PHOTO

"The dialogue we have been conducting for over three years is very important. I would like to thank President Vui for accepting the new methodology on joining the European Union. I hope that France and the EU will be more present in the fields of culture and education," Emmanuel Macron.
Macron especially emphasized the importance of talks on Kosovo and Metohija.

"France is our true friend", PHOTO / VIDEO

The President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vui, thanked the French President for the kind words of welcome and pointed out that he hoped for further continuation of bilateral cooperation.
"France is not only an important country for us, but a true friend," said Vucic.
He especially thanked President Macron for the cooperation on the project of building a subway in Belgrade.

Czech Republic extends state of emergency; France introduces mandatory PCR test

According to the website worldometers, so far 98.010.507 people have been infected with coronavirus in the world, 70.402.587 are considered cured, and 2.097.279 people have died as a result of this infection.
Currently, 25.510.641 cases are active, but only 111.745 of them, or 0.4 percent, are in a serious or critical condition.