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April 26, 2018

France
Emmanuel Macron and the Franco-American Ties That Bind

In an indirect rebuke to Trump, French President Macron staunchly defended multilateral cooperation as the only answer to the world’s ills in his congressional address, underscoring why France remain…

French President Emmanuel Macron addresses a joint meeting of Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S. on April 25, 2018.

July 14, 2021

West Africa
French President Macron Expands on Sahel Drawdown Plan

French President Emmanuel Macron announced yesterday that Operation Barkhane, the French counterterrorism force fighting jihadis in the Sahel, will end in the first quarter of 2022. This follows a recent announcement that the French president plans to cut in half the French presence in the Sahel and reorganize what will remain as specialized regional forces, while also contributing to Task Force Takuba, the recently established EU force with a remit similar to that of Barkhane.

French President Emmanuel Macron and Nigerien President Mohamed Bazoum sit at a table with their countries' flags behind them, along with an EU flag. Other leaders of G5 Sahel countries are seen on a screen in the background.

May 8, 2017

France
What Emmanuel Macron's Victory Means for French and U.S. Tech

Emmanuel Macron won the French presidency--the youngest man ever to accede to the Élysée palace. But what does it mean for French and U.S. tech?

Supporters of Emmanuel Macron celebrate near the Louvre museum.

January 28, 2021

France
Macron Signals Upcoming Reduction of French Military Presence in the Sahel

On January 19, French President Emmanuel Macron said that recent successes against jihadis and the pledge of additional EU troops makes it possible to "adjust" its military operations in the western Sahel.

French President Emmanuel Macron and interim Malian President Bah Ndaw are seen outside the Elysee Palace in Paris, both wearing suits and masks. On either side are palace guards, both wearing masks. The guard on the right side of the picture has his hand at salute.

November 28, 2018

France
Macron Leads Renewed Calls for Return of Looted African Artifacts

A report commissioned by French President Emmanuel Macron recommends that France should return to Africa art and artifacts held in French cultural institutions. France will return twenty-six artifacts to Benin. Discussions organized in the Netherlands by the Benin Dialogue Group (BDG), comprising representatives of European museums with significant African collections and Nigeria, produced an agreement to loan artifacts back to Nigeria within three years.

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June 22, 2022

Security Alliances
The G7, NATO, and the Future of the West

Rather than making democracy a litmus test, G7 and NATO leaders would gain more traction by focusing on the need for all countries to defend the fundamental rules of the international system grounded…

G7 leaders pose in front of their national flags for a family photo during a NATO summit on Russia's invasion of Ukraine at the alliance's headquarters in Brussels, Belgium on March 24, 2022.

May 27, 2022

Women and Women's Rights
Women This Week: French Minister Denies Rape Accusations

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post covers May 21 to May 27.

Feminist activists hold a banner reading "ministry of shame" during a protest against the appointments of French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin in the new French government, in front of the city hall in Paris, France on July 10, 2020.

February 3, 2022

Ukraine
The Russia-Ukraine Crisis Could Determine the Future of Sovereignty

Despite the host of unknowns muddling the crisis at the Russia-Ukraine border, the situation does clearly expose how countries manipulate a bedrock principle of the state-based international system t…

Ukrainian lawmakers hold state flags of Ukraine's partners to show their appreciation of political support and military aid during a session of parliament in Kyiv, Ukraine February 1, 2022.

May 31, 2022

Nigeria
Elite Compact Thrown Into Doubt as Atiku Abubakar’s Emergence Blows Nigerian Presidential Race Wide Open

The outcome of party presidential primaries appears to signal the end of post-military elite political consensus. 

Nigerian Presidential Candidate Atiku Abubakar gives an impassioned speech while gesturing

September 24, 2020

Mali
France Insists on Mali's Return to Civilian Rule

French President Emmanuel Macron, in a September 22 UN General Assembly (UNGA) speech, made continued French military involvement contingent upon Mali's restoration of civilian rule.

French President Emmanuel Macron delivers at a speech at a lectern covered with roses. He stands in front of a French flag, a European Union flag, and an Iraqi flag.