Gov't shifts focus to Macron visit and TIF

The government is gearing up for a return to work next week with preparations for two key events at the top of the agenda: a visit by French President Emmanuel Macron scheduled for September 7 and 8 and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras's speech at the Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF) a few days after that. According to sources, Tsipras's first meetings are due on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Six soldiers wounded after a vehicle ploughs into them in Paris and then drives off

Six French soldiers have been injured when they were run over by a car outside their barracks in Paris this morning.

The vehicle, a BMW, rammed the group as they were leaving their barracks in Levallois-Perret, a northwestern suburb of the French capital, Paris police have said.

France’s Macron loses popularity after just three months

Less than three months after he was elected, the French president’s popularity has fallen after announcing budget cuts launching a divisive labor reform and engaging in a damaging dispute with the military.

Breitbart News reports that a series of opinion polls were conducted last week showing the popularity of Macron plummeting.

Macron nationalises shipyard to prevent Italian acquisition

French President Emmanuel Macron has made his first major intervention in the corporate world by nationalising a shipyard to stop it falling into Italian hands.

In a move that shows the limits of the new government’s economic liberalism, the finance ministry on Thursday said the state was exercising its pre-emption right to buy out all the shareholders in STX France.