Brazil leader wants an apology before accepting $22 million fund to fight Amazon fires

Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s president, speaks during a Brazil Day conference at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C., on March 18, 2019. He later told reporters that Brazil had nothing against the G-7, but rather against the president of a G-7 country. Last week, Macron threatened to block an EU trade agreement with Brazil and its neighboring countries over Bolsanaro’s lack of action to control the surge in Amazonian forest fires. The number of forest fires in the Brazilian Amazon so fa


Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s president, speaks during a Brazil Day conference at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C., on March 18, 2019. He later told reporters that Brazil had nothing against the G-7, but rather against the president of a G-7 country. Last week, Macron threatened to block an EU trade agreement with Brazil and its neighboring countries over Bolsanaro’s lack of action to control the surge in Amazonian forest fires. The number of forest fires in the Brazilian Amazon so fa
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Brazil leader wants an apology before accepting $22 million fund to fight Amazon fires

Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s president, speaks during a Brazil Day conference at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C., on March 18, 2019. Alex Edelman | Bloomberg | Getty Images

President Jair Bolsonaro said Brazil may accept the G-7’s offer of $22 million for help with fires in the Amazon if France’s Emmanuel Macron withdraws his “insults” regarding the issue. “Macron has to take back his insults of me,” he said, according to Reuters, appearing offended by previous comments made by the French leader on the issue. “He called me a liar. Before we talk or accept anything from France … he must withdraw these words then we can talk.” He later told reporters that Brazil had nothing against the G-7, but rather against the president of a G-7 country. Last week, Macron threatened to block an EU trade agreement with Brazil and its neighboring countries over Bolsanaro’s lack of action to control the surge in Amazonian forest fires. “Given the attitude of Brazil over the last weeks, the president can only conclude that President Bolsonaro lied to him at the Osaka (G-20) summit,” a presidential official said in a statement at the time.

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The French president has publicly pushed for international action in the Amazon, after satellite data from Brazil’s space agency showed last week that fires are burning in the Amazon at a record rate. The number of forest fires in the Brazilian Amazon so far this year surged by 84% from the same period in 2018. The Brazilian and French leaders have since been embroiled in a spat that was sparked by Macron’s calls. Bolsonaro attacked Macron last week for displaying what he called a “misplaced colonialist mindset.” On Monday, Bolsonaro said on Twitter that Brazil could not accept Macron’s “unreasonable attacks” on the Amazon, adding that “the idea of an ‘alliance’ of the G-7 countries to ‘save’ the Amazon” treated Brazil like a colony. The dispute has also involved the wives of both heads of state. Bolsonaro commented on a Facebook post comparing the appearances of his own wife, Michelle Bolsonaro, and French first lady Brigitte Macron, telling a supporter: “Do not humiliate (him)… man, ha ha.” Macron said in response at a news conference during the G-7 summit: “He said very disrespectful things about my wife. I have great respect for the Brazilian people and can only hope they soon have a president who is up to the job,”

$22 million fund

Macron announced on Monday that the G-7 countries — Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the U.K. and the U.S. — would pledge $22 million to help reduce the fires in the Amazon. However, Brazil later said it would reject the fund. Speaking to Brazilian news website G1 on Monday, Bolsonaro’s Chief of Staff Onyx Lorenzoni accused Macron of hypocrisy over his stance on the Amazon fires. “Thanks, but perhaps these resources are more relevant to reforesting Europe,” Lorenzoni said. “Macron cannot even prevent a predictable fire in a church (Notre Dame Cathedral) that is a World Heritage Site, and (he) wants to teach lessons to our country?” He added that Brazil could teach “any nation” how to protect their native forests, according to a translation of the interview. France’s iconic Notre Dame Cathedral was severely damaged in a fire in April, causing the landmark’s roof and spire to collapse. Macron then pledged to rebuild the cathedral within five years.

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Brazil’s Bolsonaro accuses French president of ‘colonialist mindset’ after calls for action on Amazon fires

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro hit back at French leader Emmanuel Macron, after he urged dialogue among G-7 leaders on the rising number of fires in the Amazon rainforest. In a tweet Thursday, Bolsonaro accused Macron of using the “internal issue of Brazil and other Amazonian countries” for personal political gain. The G-7 countries — Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the U.K. and the U.S. — represent 40% of global GDP (gross domestic product). Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lat


Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro hit back at French leader Emmanuel Macron, after he urged dialogue among G-7 leaders on the rising number of fires in the Amazon rainforest. In a tweet Thursday, Bolsonaro accused Macron of using the “internal issue of Brazil and other Amazonian countries” for personal political gain. The G-7 countries — Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the U.K. and the U.S. — represent 40% of global GDP (gross domestic product). Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lat
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Brazil's Bolsonaro accuses French president of 'colonialist mindset' after calls for action on Amazon fires

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro hit back at French leader Emmanuel Macron, after he urged dialogue among G-7 leaders on the rising number of fires in the Amazon rainforest.

In a tweet Thursday, Bolsonaro accused Macron of using the “internal issue of Brazil and other Amazonian countries” for personal political gain. He also alleged his French counterpart had used sensationalism and fake photographs to call attention to the problem.

“The Brazilian Government remains open to dialogue, based on objective data and mutual respect,” Bolsonaro added. “The French President’s suggestion that Amazonian issues be discussed at the G-7 without the participation of the countries of the region evokes a misplaced colonialist mindset in the 21st century.”

Bolsonaro’s comments came after Macron took to Twitter to call for action from the G-7 (Group of 7) nations ahead of their summit in Biarritz, France this weekend.

“Our house is burning. Literally. The Amazon rain forest — the lungs which produces 20% of our planet’s oxygen — is on fire,” he said. “It is an international crisis. Members of the G-7 Summit, let’s discuss this emergency.”

The G-7 countries — Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the U.K. and the U.S. — represent 40% of global GDP (gross domestic product).

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau later announced his support for Macron, saying on Twitter that he “couldn’t agree more” that action was needed to reduce the rate of Amazonian fires.

“We did lots of work to protect the environment at the G-7 last year in Charlevoix, and we need to continue this weekend,” he said. “We need to #ActForTheAmazon and act for our planet — our kids and grandkids are counting on us.”

International attention has been drawn to the crisis in the Amazon Rainforest since Brazil’s space agency, INPE, published data earlier this week showing the number of fires in the forest this year had surged by 84% compared to 2018.

According to INPE, more than 70,000 fires have been detected in Brazil’s Amazon Rainforest — the highest number for the period between January and August since records began.


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Europe’s savior or disruptor? Macron wanted an EU revolution — but little has changed

French President Emmanuel Macron has frustrated many of his European counterparts with his approach to EU politics. He has not been able to build the pan-European platform he wanted, Shahin Vallee, an economist who advised Macron when the president was France’s economy minister, told CNBC over the phone. It’s just something to be discussed and then we will be maybe informed?,” Teodorovici told CNBC in early April. Every member country has one commissioner in Brussels — preventing the U.K. from h


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Europe's savior or disruptor? Macron wanted an EU revolution — but little has changed

Emmanuel Macron, France’s president, speaks ahead of the Balkan summit at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, on Monday, April 29, 2019.

French President Emmanuel Macron has frustrated many of his European counterparts with his approach to EU politics. After being elected in May 2017, Macron was dubbed as the next leading figure in Europe — challenging German Chancellor Angela Merkel as the main champion of the European Union. Macron, the youngest ever French president, defeated his country’s nationalist forces and made big promises to reform the 28-member bloc. However, two years into his presidency he seems to be struggling to get the Europe he envisioned. He has not been able to build the pan-European platform he wanted, Shahin Vallee, an economist who advised Macron when the president was France’s economy minister, told CNBC over the phone. “He has made his European policy entirely dependent on bilateral agreements with Germany,” Vallee said, adding that this approach has been blocked by different coalitions inside the EU. For example, Macron presented plans to put together a euro zone budget and an EU-wide taxation on tech firms. However, his proposals were clearly downsized to get the backing of the German government and were opposed by different governments, including the Dutch, the Finnish and the Irish. Eugen Teodorovici, Romania’s finance minister, has expressed his frustration toward this Franco-German alliance. “All the financial and budgetary issues at EU level will be discussed first and foremost in this format, between Germany and France, and then what will remain for us? To discuss something that was already agreed at the highest level between the strongest member states? It’s just something to be discussed and then we will be maybe informed?,” Teodorovici told CNBC in early April.

Perhaps Macron’s biggest drive for integration came just four months in his presidency, when he addressed students at the Sorbonne University in Paris. He declared that the EU should build a joint military force by the next decade, a common defense budget and have a finance minister for the euro zone with its own budget. There’s no common agreement at the EU-level for any of these ideas yet. More recently, during a European summit to decide on the conditions for another extension to Brexit, Macron played hard ball and found himself isolated.

So much for his European leadership … He didn’t make any friends tonight. Brussels-based official

Given the impasse in London over how the U.K. should leave the EU, Prime Minister Theresa May asked her counterparts for more time to deal with the issue. Most European countries favored a long delay, of about a year, to avoid repeated meetings over Brexit. However, with a new political cycle later this year, following EU elections, Macron pushed for a shorter extension. His efforts culminated with an agreement to delay Brexit day for six months only, until October 31. In those discussions, the French president reportedly even wanted to remove the U.K.’s right to have a representative at the European Commission, the EU’s executive body. Every member country has one commissioner in Brussels — preventing the U.K. from having one would diminish its ability to have any influence on European politics. “The problem is that the stuff he asks for violates the treaty,” a Brussels-based official, with knowledge of the summit’s discussions but did not want to be named due to the sensitivity of the situation, told CNBC on the night of the meeting. “So much for his European leadership … He didn’t make any friends tonight,” the same official said. Also recently, France was the only country in the EU to say no to starting trade talks with the United States. Macron is of the opinion that the EU should not work toward an agreement over trade while President Donald Trump doesn’t support the latest climate change deal. However, some analysts believe Macron is not truly cut-off from others and changing the EU would be a lengthy and arduous task for anyone. “I don’t think he has isolated himself at all. He is defending a viewpoint that is not widely shared by European partners, but that is shaping the European agenda,” Jeremy Ghez, professor of economics and international affairs at H.E.C. Paris business school, told CNBC via email. Arguably, without French opposition, the latest decision on Brexit could have resulted in a much longer delay. “During the last European summit (in late March), the (leaders) were supposed to talk about China and never really did. More broadly, as the EU is preparing for a new round of trade negotiations with the U.S. and in the age of 5G technology and all its geopolitical and security ramifications, the European Union cannot be held hostage by this issue of Brexit. And this is an important point to defend,” Ghez told CNBC. “A redefinition of the EU project will not happen overnight. It’s easier to brand Macron as out of touch with the ‘regular people,’ which he may very well be, than to redefine the way we do policy and politics within the EU,” Ghez also said, adding that the upcoming European parliamentary elections will be a defining moment for Macron and the EU’s future as whole.

European citizens will head to the polls in late May, in an election that could shake Brussels to the core. For the first time in 40 years, anti-establishment parties are expected to end the dominance of mainstream politics at the European Union. Ghez argued that Macron has succeeded in stifling traditional political opposition at home and that his real opponents are Matteo Salvini (Italy’s deputy prime minister) and Viktor Orban (the prime minister of Hungary). Arguably, Macron’s fiercest opposition in France are the regular street protests, the so-called Yellow Vests, who have complained about the president’s reforms and have demanded his resignation. “The stakes are high: it’s not only about his presidency but about the ability of the EU to reinvent itself from the center … Expect many stakeholders, including Macron, to fight hard as a result. The jury is still out on who wins,” Ghez said.


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Theresa May seeks help from Merkel and Macron ahead of critical Brexit summit

The talks come before EU leaders meet in Brussels on Wednesday for an emergency summit dedicated to Brexit. It has now asked for another extension of the Brexit deadline, to June 30. In the meantime, a Brexit deal has still not been approved by British politicians, although they have also rejected the option of leaving the EU without a deal. At the end of the day, the EU leaders including Macron will concede an extension but of course there will be conditions attached to it,” she told CNBC’s “Sq


The talks come before EU leaders meet in Brussels on Wednesday for an emergency summit dedicated to Brexit. It has now asked for another extension of the Brexit deadline, to June 30. In the meantime, a Brexit deal has still not been approved by British politicians, although they have also rejected the option of leaving the EU without a deal. At the end of the day, the EU leaders including Macron will concede an extension but of course there will be conditions attached to it,” she told CNBC’s “Sq
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Theresa May seeks help from Merkel and Macron ahead of critical Brexit summit

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May traveled to Berlin and Paris Tuesday for talks with the German and French leaders in a bid to secure backing for a second delay to Brexit.

The talks come before EU leaders meet in Brussels on Wednesday for an emergency summit dedicated to Brexit. At the EU Council meeting, the remaining 27 EU leaders will have to decide whether or not to grant the U.K. more time before it leaves the bloc — which was due to take place on Friday.

The country was originally meant to leave the EU on March 29 but was granted more time as U.K. lawmakers rejected May’s withdrawal agreement on three separate occasions. It has now asked for another extension of the Brexit deadline, to June 30.

In the meantime, a Brexit deal has still not been approved by British politicians, although they have also rejected the option of leaving the EU without a deal. Several alternative Brexit proposals have failed to find a clear majority of support.

Therefore the U.K.’s fate is now largely in the hands of its European neighbors and the U.K. will have to justify asking for more time when no consensus appears forthcoming.

While German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she is willing to grant the U.K. more time, her French counterpart Emmanuel Macron has previously insisted that May must present a “credible plan” to justify an extension. He is also reportedly keen to attach strict conditions to granting one.

“My take on this stance by Macron is that it’s mainly postering,” Silvia Dall’Angelo, senior economist at Hermes Investment Management, told CNBC Tuesday. “It’s in everybody’s interest to get to a deal with the U.K.”

“A no-deal Brexit would be mainly a problem for the U.K. but it would have negative spill-overs for the euro zone as well. At the end of the day, the EU leaders including Macron will concede an extension but of course there will be conditions attached to it,” she told CNBC’s “Squawk Box Europe.”

May has been holding cross-party talks with opposition Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn to try to find a compromise over Brexit. She can also use the talks as a way to demonstrate to EU leaders that she is trying to find a way out of the U.K.’s political impasse, according to Mujtaba Rahman at Eurasia Group.

“May needs to keep Labour at the table to convince all 27 EU leaders at their emergency summit on Wednesday that the talks are making real progress, in order to win a further extension to the Article 50 process beyond Friday,” he said in a note Monday. “That is why May allies are floating the idea of a ‘customs arrangement’ being the outcome of the negotiations.”

Germany’s EU minister Michael Roth said Tuesday that “unfortunately conditions set by EU leaders for a Brexit extension had not been met” and noted that May’s talks with the opposition had “begun too late and have yet to produce results,” Reuters reported. He said he could not exclude the possibility of a disorderly Brexit.

But Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said he expected a strong view at the EU summit that countries need to work together to avoid a hard Brexit, according to Reuters, but said a no-deal was a possibility.

Ireland, which is one of the largest trading partners and where a fragile peace is maintained between Northern Ireland and the Republic, has the most to lose from a hard Brexit.


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Macron’s Africa visit reveals determination to weaken China’s grip on the continent

French President Emmanuel Macron embarked on a four-day charm offensive across the Horn of Africa last week, stopping off in Djibouti, Ethiopia, and Kenya. The trip is largely seen as a bid to cement new ties in a region where China’s influence has been growing fast. Accompanied by some of France’s corporate giants­ — including Danone, EDF, GE Alstom and Total Group — Macron’s message was quite clear. Twitter was flooded with adverse reactions to Macron’s visit. One Tweet read: “People like Macr


French President Emmanuel Macron embarked on a four-day charm offensive across the Horn of Africa last week, stopping off in Djibouti, Ethiopia, and Kenya. The trip is largely seen as a bid to cement new ties in a region where China’s influence has been growing fast. Accompanied by some of France’s corporate giants­ — including Danone, EDF, GE Alstom and Total Group — Macron’s message was quite clear. Twitter was flooded with adverse reactions to Macron’s visit. One Tweet read: “People like Macr
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Macron's Africa visit reveals determination to weaken China's grip on the continent

French President Emmanuel Macron embarked on a four-day charm offensive across the Horn of Africa last week, stopping off in Djibouti, Ethiopia, and Kenya. The trip is largely seen as a bid to cement new ties in a region where China’s influence has been growing fast.

In the first visit by a French president to Kenya since its independence in 1963, Macron concluded his trip with a bang, announcing an estimated 3 billion euros ($3.4 billion) worth of deals with the East African powerhouse.

While specifics remain obscure, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta confirmed in a statement Thursday that an agreement with a “French consortium” had been reached on a series of major works to boost Kenya’s transport network, including the construction of a commuter rail line linking the Kenyan capital with its central railway station.

Accompanied by some of France’s corporate giants­ — including Danone, EDF, GE Alstom and Total Group — Macron’s message was quite clear.

“The intent is indeed to open a new partnership in economy,” Macron said in a joint press conference with Kenyatta on Wednesday. “Now what we want to do, especially with our delegation of companies, is to be part of your new growth agenda…This is how France could be a long term, credible economic partner,” he added.

Both sides expressed keen intent to turn this visit into a long-term affair with cooperation spanning beyond business and including a series of environmental and educational alignments of their interests.

However, some of the local reaction was less enthusiastic. Twitter was flooded with adverse reactions to Macron’s visit. One Tweet read: “People like Macron are the real stumbling blocks to the development in Africa”.


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France’s Macron calls to protect Europe against nationalists, foreign powers and manipulation

French President Emmanuel Macron has set out proposals to protect the European Union (EU) from foreign powers, cyber crime and political manipulation as populism continues to trouble the region ahead of Brexit and forthcoming European Parliament elections. “Never since the second world war has Europe been so essential. Yet never has Europe been in such danger. And this is the trap that threatens the whole of Europe,” Macron added. Macron said Europe was a “historic success” of reconciliation and


French President Emmanuel Macron has set out proposals to protect the European Union (EU) from foreign powers, cyber crime and political manipulation as populism continues to trouble the region ahead of Brexit and forthcoming European Parliament elections. “Never since the second world war has Europe been so essential. Yet never has Europe been in such danger. And this is the trap that threatens the whole of Europe,” Macron added. Macron said Europe was a “historic success” of reconciliation and
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France's Macron calls to protect Europe against nationalists, foreign powers and manipulation

French President Emmanuel Macron has set out proposals to protect the European Union (EU) from foreign powers, cyber crime and political manipulation as populism continues to trouble the region ahead of Brexit and forthcoming European Parliament elections.

Publishing an open letter in European media outlets on Monday, Macron said that Europe was in danger and that Brexit, the U.K.’s departure from the EU due to take place on March 29, symbolized a “retreat into nationalism.”

“Never since the second world war has Europe been so essential. Yet never has Europe been in such danger. Brexit stands as the symbol of that,” he said Monday evening in a letter published in newspapers in all of the EU’s 28 member states.

“Who told the British people the truth about their post-Brexit future? Who spoke to them about losing access to the EU market? … Retreating into nationalism offers nothing; it is rejection without an alternative. And this is the trap that threatens the whole of Europe,” Macron added.

Macron said Europe was a “historic success” of reconciliation and a “project” that continued to protect its citizens but said there was a risk of complacency and what he called the “trap of the status quo.”

“Europe, like peace, can never be taken for granted,” Macron said, adding that “now is the time for a European renaissance” as he called on Europeans to resist “the temptation of isolation and division, I propose we build this renewal together around three ambitions: freedom, protection and progress.”


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Macron visits French farm fair amid rural anger, decline

Macron’s speech at his country’s premier agriculture fair was aimed at assuaging French farmers’ anger at government policies seen as favoring urban elites and neglecting the heartland cherished for producing famed cheeses and wines. Macron proposed using blockchain technology to trace the source of food and putting Europe in the “avant-garde of agricultural technology.” He spoke amid European Union talks on its next agricultural aid plan, a major source of funding for French farmers. He appeale


Macron’s speech at his country’s premier agriculture fair was aimed at assuaging French farmers’ anger at government policies seen as favoring urban elites and neglecting the heartland cherished for producing famed cheeses and wines. Macron proposed using blockchain technology to trace the source of food and putting Europe in the “avant-garde of agricultural technology.” He spoke amid European Union talks on its next agricultural aid plan, a major source of funding for French farmers. He appeale
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Macron visits French farm fair amid rural anger, decline

President Emmanuel Macron pledged Saturday to protect European farming standards and culinary traditions threatened by aggressive foreign trade practices that see food as a “product like any other.”

Macron’s speech at his country’s premier agriculture fair was aimed at assuaging French farmers’ anger at government policies seen as favoring urban elites and neglecting the heartland cherished for producing famed cheeses and wines.

Europe’s “civilization of eating well, of gastronomy, of the art of living” is now threatened by world powers that pursue aggressive trade policies and “consider food a product like any other,” without taking into account environmental, health or culinary concerns, Macron said.

Macron proposed using blockchain technology to trace the source of food and putting Europe in the “avant-garde of agricultural technology.”

He spoke amid European Union talks on its next agricultural aid plan, a major source of funding for French farmers. He appealed for unity at those talks and argued against calls to re-nationalize French farming policy.

“In agriculture just like in many other areas, we must invent a new global deal. Yes, we must be on the offensive, carrying out a deep reform of trade policies,” said Macron, who didn’t shy from engaging in technical conversations with farmers as he walked past their stands. Around midday, Macron was offered a mini hamburger made of Cantal cheese and Salers beef, a famous breed native of central France.

He appealed to French farmers to view their livelihoods in a global context, but many are struggling under day-to-day debt and uncertainty about the future. Macron is seen by many in rural France as epitomizing out-of-touch city elites, and many French farmers want more government help to face growing foreign competition.

Macron is trying to tackle the concerns head-on by spending all day Saturday at the Salon d’Agriculture in Paris, where farmers showcase their livestock, food and wines. He’s meeting with dairy farmers, pork producers, vintners and others.

The yearly Salon has long been a key event of the French political calendar, with French presidents often using the event to test their popularity. Jacques Chirac used to spend whole days at the fair drinking and speaking with farmers while patting their cows. Back in 2008, Nicolas Sarkozy was involved in a spat with man who refused to shake his hand and the former president hit back with an insult.

Security was tight for Macron’s visit Saturday, which came as yellow vest protesters held anti-government protests around Paris and other cities for a 15th straight weekend. Macron, whose approval ratings have bounced back in recent weeks, was booed at last year’s farm fair over plans to ban a popular pesticide and trade deals.


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France recalls Italy ambassador after worst verbal onslaught ‘since the war’

France has recalled its ambassador in Rome on Thursday after what it described as baseless and repeated attacks from Italy’s political leaders, whom it urged to return to a more friendly stance. “France has been, for several months, the target of repeated, baseless attacks and outrageous statements,” its foreign ministry said in a statement. “Having disagreements is one thing, but manipulating the relationship for electoral aims is another,” it added, calling Italy’s attacks without precedent si


France has recalled its ambassador in Rome on Thursday after what it described as baseless and repeated attacks from Italy’s political leaders, whom it urged to return to a more friendly stance. “France has been, for several months, the target of repeated, baseless attacks and outrageous statements,” its foreign ministry said in a statement. “Having disagreements is one thing, but manipulating the relationship for electoral aims is another,” it added, calling Italy’s attacks without precedent si
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France recalls Italy ambassador after worst verbal onslaught 'since the war'

France has recalled its ambassador in Rome on Thursday after what it described as baseless and repeated attacks from Italy’s political leaders, whom it urged to return to a more friendly stance.

Italy’s two deputy prime ministers, Matteo Salvini of the right-wing League and Luigi Di Maio of the populist, anti-establishment 5-Star movement, have in recent months goaded French President Emmanuel Macron on a number of issues.

“France has been, for several months, the target of repeated, baseless attacks and outrageous statements,” its foreign ministry said in a statement.

“Having disagreements is one thing, but manipulating the relationship for electoral aims is another,” it added, calling Italy’s attacks without precedent since World War Two.

Di Maio has labelled France a creator of poverty in Africa and met with leaders of the “yellow vest” anti-government movement, while Salvini accused it of doing nothing to bring peace to Libya.

The two deputy premiers, who swept to power last year, appear to believe that attacking Macron, a fervent Europhile, would motivate their domestic voter base before EU elections in May.

“All of these actions are creating a serious situation which is raising questions about the Italian government’s intentions towards France,” said the French ministry.

The Italian foreign ministry had no immediate comment about the French decision, which a diplomatic source said was unprecedented since 1945.


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Germany, France, Spain poised to recognize Venezuela’s Guaido

Three major European countries – Germany, France and Spain – have come out on Saturday saying they are ready to recognize Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s interim president if elections are not called within eight days. “The government of Spain gives [President] Nicolas Maduro eight days to call free, transparent and democratic elections,” said Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said in statement. “If that doesn’t happen, Spain will recognize Juan Guaido as interim president in charge of calling the


Three major European countries – Germany, France and Spain – have come out on Saturday saying they are ready to recognize Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s interim president if elections are not called within eight days. “The government of Spain gives [President] Nicolas Maduro eight days to call free, transparent and democratic elections,” said Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said in statement. “If that doesn’t happen, Spain will recognize Juan Guaido as interim president in charge of calling the
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Germany, France, Spain poised to recognize Venezuela's Guaido

Three major European countries – Germany, France and Spain – have come out on Saturday saying they are ready to recognize Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s interim president if elections are not called within eight days.

“The government of Spain gives [President] Nicolas Maduro eight days to call free, transparent and democratic elections,” said Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said in statement.

“If that doesn’t happen, Spain will recognize Juan Guaido as interim president in charge of calling these elections.”

In what appears to be a coordinated message from European Union countries, at almost the same time French President Manuel Macron sent a tweet echoing Sanchez’s comments.

“Unless elections are announced within eight days, we will be ready to recognize @jguaido as ‘President in charge’ of Venezuela in order to trigger a political process,” Macron said.

A spokeswoman from the German government tweeted the same message shortly after the comments from Madrid and Paris.

Guaido proclaimed himself interim president on Wednesday during a march of hundreds of thousands in Caracas.

The United States said on Friday it was ready to step up economic measures to drive Maduro from power, and most Latin American nations have joined Washington in supporting Guaido’s claim on the presidency.

Europe, however, had until now simply called for new elections in the troubled South American country.

However, the Venezuelan state and the military have so far remained loyal to Maduro despite a deep economic and political crisis that has sparked mass emigration, with inflation forecast to rise to 10 million percent this year.


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President Macron has been courageous, but we have to transform France, Publicis’ chair says

Macron held a dinner for business leaders before the first day of WEF at the Palace of Versailles on Monday night, telling them that he would continue to reform the country despite the protests. Guests were said to include Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. The President started reforms soon after his election in May 2017 that cut corporate taxes and eased labor regulations, but workers feel that he has neglected their needs. Macron announced a three-month nation


Macron held a dinner for business leaders before the first day of WEF at the Palace of Versailles on Monday night, telling them that he would continue to reform the country despite the protests. Guests were said to include Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. The President started reforms soon after his election in May 2017 that cut corporate taxes and eased labor regulations, but workers feel that he has neglected their needs. Macron announced a three-month nation
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President Macron has been courageous, but we have to transform France, Publicis' chair says

Macron held a dinner for business leaders before the first day of WEF at the Palace of Versailles on Monday night, telling them that he would continue to reform the country despite the protests. Guests were said to include Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.

The President started reforms soon after his election in May 2017 that cut corporate taxes and eased labor regulations, but workers feel that he has neglected their needs.

“They see all these changes and they are not prepared for all these changes, so we need to share much better the burden and we have to accept, to slow down maybe some reforms but we definitely, definitely have to transform the country,” Levy said.

Levy added that he felt there needed to be Europe-wide reform. “When you look at what is required to transform Europe, you need to change our fiscal system, you need to change our social system, you need to transform our labor code, we have so many thing to do because we have been so conservative in the past and so protective, and today we are lagging behind when it comes to competition because we are not adapted to this new world.”

Macron announced a three-month nationwide debate last week, in an open letter published in French media outlets. He is seeking views on taxation, the organization of public spending savings, bureaucratic procedures and citizenship and democracy. He did not mention whether there would be a possible referendum on his policies.

– CNBC’s Sam Meredith contributed to this report


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