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Algeria: “Choose France”: the Algerian group Condor Electronics in the big leagues

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Condor Électronics and its CEO have just won international recognition by being invited to the “Choose France” operation, launched by French President Emmanuel Macron. He and his fellow Issad Rebrab of the Cevital group (Fagor-Brandt) are among the 140 leaders who count in the world.At the Palace of Versailles Emmanuel Macron has invited the greatest leaders of the planet to invest in France. Of the 140 guests, there are representatives from Coca-Cola, Alibaba, Siemens and also from the Algerian groups Condor Electroniques. Condor Electronics is particularly diversified:tVs, telephones, computers, appliances and even solar panels. The group have 4000 employees in Algeria.

In Calais, Macron defends its migration policy of “authority” and “humanity”

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Firmness and humanity. In his speech in Calais, Emmanuel Macron wanted to reaffirm the two principles that guide his immigration policy. In front of security forces, the head of state reiterated his commitment to fight illegal immigration. “By no means,” he promised, the state “will allow a jungle in Calais, where a vast slum of more than 8,000 migrants was dismantled in October 2016.” Everything is done to ensure that the illegal passage is not possible in Calais “, which” is not a backdoor to England,” he said, assuring that the state would not allow “to build illegal pathways in this region.”
Macron reminded to all associations responsibility in their action with migrants. “Those who encourage these women and men to stay, to settle illegally or even to go to Great Britain, take on immense responsibility and never will they have the state by their side “, he said. He also announced that the state will take care of the distribution of food to migrants, until then provided by the associations.
But Emmanuel Macron called also the police to be “exemplary” with migrants, not carrying out any violence or confiscation of their belongings.

France: Macron looks for friendship with China

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Emmanuel Macron arrived in China with about fifty business leaders, including the leaders of Areva, Airbus, Safran and EDF. He stressed the importance of the “strategic partnership” with China: “We must structure relations in terms of intellectual property, structure greater access to the Chinese market, allow Chinese investments in France and open data reciprocally. . ”
France and China have signed an agreement providing for the construction by Areva of a nuclear fuel reprocessing center in China. This colossal project, providential for the French group specializing in the civilian atom, is valued at least ten billion euros.
This “Memorandum for a Trade Agreement” paves the way for 10 years of delicate negotiations between Areva and its Chinese partner CNNC, state giant of the civil atom.
Emmanuel Macron announced that the EPR reactor, built by EDF in southern China, should start in about six months.
Macron said that “”China is pursuing its economic development strategy and, given the size of this market, it has an impact on the whole globalization. The duty of France is to understand these movements. This supposes a strong France: if France does not know how to adapt, it will be erased.”

France: Macron, Erdogan and the same strategic interests on Syria

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More and more diplomatically isolated, the Turkish president must reconnect with the countries of the European Union. He wants to be an indispensable partner of the Twenty-eight on the issue of migration and regional crises. “We want to increase the number of our friends and reduce that of our enemies,” said Recep Tayyip Erdogan recently. “On regional issues and in the bilateral field, the steps we have taken with Emmanuel Macron are going in the right direction” added Erdogan.
While the personalities of the two leaders are opposed in many ways, there are also common strategic interests and convergences on many regional issues, starting with Syria. Erdogan believes, like French diplomacy, that Bashar Al-Assad can not ultimately embody the future of his country.
The two men will also discuss the situation in the Gulf and Libya, and the instability created by the US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. “Turkey remains a strategic partner in many ways: in terms of migration, fight against terrorism, resolution of regional crises,” said Thursday the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian, stressing that this dialogue “demanding and constructive “must be” based on Turkey’s own human rights commitments “.

France: Emmanuel Macron meets Erdogan at the Elysee

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Despite criticism, Emmanuel Macron on Friday received Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Paris. The opposition relies in particular on the head of state to reaffirm France’s refusal of Turkey’s entry into the European Union.
Emmanuel Macron has never hidden his plans: he wants to “talk to everyone”. Received at the Elysee, it is for the Turkish president his first major visit to the European Union since the failed coup d’ètat of July 2016. The violent repression provoked by the leader following this attempt continues with human rights violations. Nevertheless, the Elysee considers it important to “maintain the dialogue” without “hiding the differences”.
Not surprisingly, the announcement of the arrival of Erdoğan in France has made noise throughout the political class. Much of the left was even surprised by such a visit. “France must speak with everyone but welcome with red carpet Erdogan is a political mistake.”said Rachid Temal, the national coordinator of the Socialist Party.
The question of Turkey’s entry into the European Union is also closely followed by the right. They expect Macron to affirm that “the red line that we set is that there is absolutely no question of Turkey’s entry into the European Union. We are waiting for the President of the Republic to say things clearly” declared Vice President of Republicans Damien Abad.
Emmanuel Macron seems still far from giving such a sign in this sense. Although he claims to want to “avoid ruptures” between the European Union and Turkey, calling it “essential partner”, the Head of State has always been hostile to the country’s entry into the Union.

EU divided over calls to block Turkey’s bid

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European Union member countries are presenting a divided picture on whether to continue full membership talks with Turkey. Strongest opposition to Merkel’s call came from Paris, as President Emmanuel Macron stated that ties with Turkey should continue despite the fact that the Turkish government has failed to meet EU democratic and human rights norms of late. Merkel’s appeal received positive response from Austrian Foreign Minister Sebestian Kurz, who has long been an advocate of suspending talks with Turkey, and from the Netherlands Foreign Minister Bert Koenders. On the other hand, Finland and Lithuania similarly spoke out against breaking off negotiations.

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