French protesters see threat to social justice in Macron’s reform

Huge crowds marched across France on Tuesday in a new round of protests against President Emmanuel Macron’s plan to raise the retirement age, signalling the opposition’s success in framing the pension debate as part of a broader battle against an economic platform they perceive as unfair. Though police and union figures differed, all agreed the … Read more

Vladimir Putin is not mad, just ‘radically rational,’ says former French president – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. PARIS — Vladimir Putin is a “radically rational” leader who is betting that Western countries will grow tired of backing Ukraine and agree a negotiated end to the conflict that will be favorable to Russia, former French President François Hollande told POLITICO. Hollande, who … Read more

Richard Marles rubbishes concerns over delivery timeline of nuclear submarines as he flags AUKUS progress only ‘weeks’ away

Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles has hinted at an imminent announcement on Australia’s procurement of nuclear submarines amid growing concerns over the AUKUS agreement in the United States. The US Navy announced last week it would temporarily suspend operations at four west coast dry docks over concerns of a lack of preparedness for potential seismic … Read more

France strikes: Workers bring Paris to a standstill in second mass protest over retirement age reforms

Paris/London CNN  —  French schools and transportation networks were heavily disrupted Tuesday for the second time this month, as unions staged another mass strike against government plans to raise the retirement age for most workers. Unions and opposition parties called for people to protest in major cities, hoping for a repeat of the first major … Read more

Australia partners with France to supply Ukraine with artillery shells

Australia has partnered with France to supply Ukraine with 155-millimetre artillery shells, Defence Minister Richard Marles and his counterpart Sebastien Lecornu have announced. Key points: The ammunition supplies are part of support both France and Australia are providing Ukraine  France’s defence minister says the aid will be “significant” and “an effort that will be kept up … Read more

France, Australia seeking to mend ties after submarine row – CNA

France, Australia seeking to mend ties after submarine row  CNA Australia partners with France to supply Ukraine with artillery shells  ABC News Wong and Marles should work to bridge Indo-Pacific and Euro-Atlantic alliances | The Strategist  The Strategist ‘A statement’: Australia and France to jointly provide ammunition to Ukraine  Sydney Morning Herald View Full coverage on Google News

Israeli air attacks hit Gaza, escalation fears after Jenin raid | Israel-Palestine conflict News

Israel has launched multiple air attacks on the blockaded Gaza Strip a day after Israeli forces killed nine Palestinians – including an elderly woman – in the Jenin refugee camp, marking one of the deadliest raids in the occupied West Bank by Israel’s military in years. Local sources in Gaza told Al Jazeera that Israeli … Read more

Burkina Faso: France recalls ambassador and will withdraw military forces

CNN  —  France will withdraw its military forces from Burkina Faso within a month, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs told CNN on Wednesday. Following a formal request from the Burkina Faso government to do so, the French military mission will end a month after receipt of that written demand, the ministry said. Since 2018, … Read more

High-ranking Russian officials are defecting. This man is aiding them

CNN  —  Vladimir Osechkin says he was walking toward his dining room table, plates of spaghetti for his children in his hands, when he spotted the red laser dancing across the wall. He knew what was coming. Slamming off the lights, he says he and his wife pulled their children to the ground, hurrying out … Read more

Burkina Faso confirms it has ended French military accord | Al-Qaeda News

Burkina Faso’s government spokesman says the country wants to defend itself and France has one month to pull out troops. Burkina Faso has decided to end a military accord that allowed French troops to fight armed groups in the country, the government has said. Burkinabe authorities want France to pull its troops out of the … Read more