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Macron says France uncompromising in fight against jihadists in Mali

Macron says France uncompromising in fight against jihadists in Mali

PARIS French President Emmanuel Macron held a special security meeting, spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin and convened his Cabinet for the first time Thursday - all under a growing cloud of concern that his office is trying to control the press.

After the meeting, Macron talked by phone with Putin about possible cooperation on global issues, including the fight against terrorism.

But some have doubted this approach, fearing a return to the centrist politics of the past Head of Pollingvox, Jerome Sainte-Marie said: "on foreign policy, I think that the risk for Emmanuel Macron that he may look like a new Tony Blair".

"My wish is for us to accelerate" the deal's implementation, Macron said at a press conference, describing the so-called Algiers Accord as the top priority to ensure Mali's security.

The new Cabinet posed briefly for photographs on the front porch of the presidential Elysee Palace in Paris.

Some French political reporters said the president's office called their outlets to designate the journalists who would be able to cover Macron's first trip outside Europe, scheduled in Mali on Friday.

New French President Emmanuel Macron has held a special security meeting to examine measures protecting the country from terror threats and cyberattacks.

Conte says John Terry 'deserves the best' for Stamford Bridge farewell
I owe so much to my team-mates because we have achieved so much together this season and we still have the FA Cup. And then to help [goalkeeper] Thibaut [Courtois] to win the golden glove. "We have these two targets on Sunday".

With France shouldering the bulk of European military operations overseas, and in particular in Africa, officials said the trip would also be an opportunity to outline his desire for a greater European role, something that France has been pushing for years, but with few tangible results.

In the past, French media would decide themselves who to send on presidential trips.

Reporters Without Borders, which puts France in 39th position in its 2017 world press freedom index, said that the restrictions could be used as a way to pressure media.

Rightwing Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said today that the government had been chosen to last and was "in line with the political renewal that we are in the process of putting in place".

Macron is travelling with Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, who as the former defence minister knows Gao well, and his replacement in that job, Sylvie Goulard, as well as AFD chief Remy Rioux.

Macron said in a speech to French armed forces during a visit to the West African nation that French-led military efforts aim to create the conditions of a "sustainable peace".

Bruno Le Maire, who served under former centre-right President Nicolas Sarkozy, has been named as Macron' s Economy Minister, Nicolas Hulot, a well-known environmentalist, becomes Ecology Minister, the media reports added.


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