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09.07.2018 - 13:35 [ albawaba.com ]

5 World Powers Commit to Iran Deal, Back Oil Exports Despite US Sanctions Threat

„All the members, even the three allies, have committed and have the political will to take action and resist the United States,“ Iran’s Foreign Minister Zarif told a Vienna news conference broadcast by the Fars news agency.

„This is the first time they have shown this level of commitment, but we will have to see in the future what they really want to do and what they can do,“ Zarif said.

„If they continue to demonstrate the political will they showed today, they will get things done without any problem.“

09.07.2018 - 13:32 [ Sputnik ]

US to Use EU Stance on Iran Deal to Pressure NATO Over Defense Spending – Prof

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced that Russia, China, Germany, France and the UK have agreed to establish a permanent expert mechanism that will be tasked with finding ways to maintain trade with Iran regardless of US sanctions. Sputnik discussed this with Professor Christopher Bovis.

07.07.2018 - 19:00 [ Newsweek ]

U.S. Iran Deal Exit Brings Russia and China Closer to Europe as They Meet Behind Trump’s Back

The top diplomats of China, EU, France, Germany, Russia and the U.K. have assured Iran that they were willing to salvage a historic nuclear deal abandoned by the U.S.

The deal, known officially as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was forged under the administration of former President Barack Obama in 2015 and scrapped by his successor, President Donald Trump, in May. With Iran looking to face stricter U.S. sanctions, the foreign ministers of the EU and five other nations who signed the nuclear agreement met Friday in Vienna in an attempt to negotiate a viable framework in the absence of Washington.

05.07.2018 - 11:10 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Emmanuel Macron claims Africa held back by ‚civilisational‘ problems and women having ’seven or eight children‘

(11.7.2017) While speaking at the G20 summit, the French President was asked about the possibility of implementing a policy in the continent like America’s Marshall Plan for rebuilding Europe after the Second World War.

30.06.2018 - 07:46 [ teleSUR ]

French Firm Probed For Funding Jihadists In Syria For Profit

(28.Juni) The allegations against Lafarge, which merged with Swiss firm Holcim in 2015, are the most serious against a French company in years.
Lafarge was ordered to hand over US$35 million to authorities as a security deposit ahead of the trial.
Eight Lafarge executives, including former CEO Bruno Laffont, have already been charged with financing a terrorist group and/or endangering the lives of others over Lafarge’s activities in Syria between 2011 and 2015.

15.06.2018 - 09:42 [ Bloomberg ]

Europe’s Fragile Unity Crumbles as Migration Quarrel Spills Over

The issue has returned most visibly in Italy, where Matteo Salvini, leader of the anti-immigrant League, lost no time in falling out with some close European allies over his decision to deny access to port for a refugee vessel. But it’s also forced uncomfortable decisions in Spain and is threatening Chancellor Angela Merkel, who faces renewed domestic turbulence over her open-door stance on migrants that could yet spell her early departure.

03.06.2018 - 10:41 [ FirstPost.com ]

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu to push his stance on Iran to leaders during Europe trip

Merkel, May and Macron are still waiting for the Israelis and Americans to present another way to curb Iran’s nuclear programme, but are under no illusions it will happen in next week’s meetings, according to a European diplomat.

27.05.2018 - 22:54 [ Agancia EFE ]

Tens of thousands protest in France against Macron’s policies

Protesters criticized the government’s plan to purportedly privatize France’s state-owned railway company SNCF, to decrease the number of public employees and to reform the university admissions system by making it more selective, as well as the government’s restrictive immigration policies.

26.05.2018 - 12:35 [ Reuters ]

Putin, Macron bond over shared unease at Trump’s actions

As he sat alongside Putin, Macron referred repeatedly to the need to establish “European financial sovereignty” – a jab at European economies’ reliance on the U.S. financial system.

He also arrived in St Petersburg with a large delegation of French business executives keen to sign deals with Russia, despite the new U.S. sanctions.

21.05.2018 - 20:40 [ France24 ]

France set for new week of strike headaches as labour unrest continues

Nine public-sector unions representing 5.7 million public service agents have called for strike action and demonstrations to protest reforms and voice salary and staffing concerns in the face of a government that has pledged to cut 120,000 public-sector positions by the time President Emmanuel Macron’s term ends in 2022.
More than 130 demonstrations are scheduled nationwide on Tuesday, with the Paris march due to set off from the Place de la République at 2pm and head southeast for the Place de la Nation.

19.05.2018 - 18:00 [ Außenministerium der Volksrepublik China ]

Wang Yi to Visit France, Spain, Portugal and Argentina and Attend the G20 Foreign Ministers‘ Meeting

At the invitation of French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian, Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Alfonso María Dastis Quecedo, Portuguese Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva and Argentine Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship Jorge Marcelo Faurie, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi will pay official visits to the aforementioned four countries and attend the G20 Foreign Ministers‘ Meeting in Argentina from May 16 to 24. 20-21 May 2018,

16.05.2018 - 08:31 [ Mehr News ]

EU, Iran regret US withdrawal, recall commitment to continued implementation of JCPOA

According to the official website of Iran’s Foreign Ministry, following the US announcement of its withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the Iran nuclear deal, EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini held talks with the Foreign Ministers of France (Jean-Yves Le Drian), Germany (Heiko Maas), the United Kingdom (Boris Johnson) and of the Islamic Republic of Iran (Mohammad Javad Zarif) on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.

According to the press release, the top diplomats attending the meeting:

16.05.2018 - 08:27 [ Washington Post ]

Europe adopts defiant stance in attempt to save Iran nuclear deal

“We are operating in a very difficult context,” Mogherini said after an intense day of diplomacy that included meetings with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and the foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany. All of those countries were signatories of the deal that aimed to prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapon in exchange for economic incentives. She said European leaders hoped to have a firm plan within a few weeks.

14.05.2018 - 09:33 [ Präsident der Islamischen Republik Iran ]

President in a phone call with British PM:

Dr Rouhani also referred to the upcoming meeting of foreign ministers of Britain, France, Germany, Iran and European Union foreign policy chief on Tuesday and expressed hope that the meeting would secure Tehran’s interests by saving the JCPOA.

Describing the nuclear deal very important for peace and security of the region, he stressed that the US was responsible for the consequences of anything that happens to the JCPOA.

“In the JCPOA, the two parties have obligations and it is not acceptable that only one party lives up to its commitments,” Rouhani added.

He also referred to the significant role of the three European countries in saving the JCPOA and described Europe’s stances against US’ secondary sanctions a brave move that could maintain Europe’s position and global credit.

13.05.2018 - 21:46 [ ABC News ]

Trump adviser says US could sanction European allies if they continue nuclear deal with Iran

Bolton noted that Trump said in announcing the U.S. exit from the Iran nuclear deal that “countries that continue to deal with Iran could face U.S. sanctions.“

“Europeans are going to face the effective U.S. sanctions, already are really, because much of what they would like to sell to Iran involves U.S. technology, for which the licenses will not be available,” the national security adviser said.

12.05.2018 - 19:58 [ Tulsi Gabbard, Abgeordnete des U.S. Repräsentantenhauses / Twitter ]

Trump proudly said: „When I make promises, I keep them.“ But what about the US, who he supposedly represents? The United States made a promise in that agreement with Iran, UK, France, Germany, Russia, and China. Trump has now broken that promise, undermining U.S. credibility.

09.05.2018 - 16:47 [ AP Archive / Twitter ]

Iranian official tells Assad that US and allies have been defeated in Syria

(30 Apr 2018) Syrian President Bashar Assad met a visiting Iranian official in Damascus on Monday who claimed what he called „the project“ of the United States and its allies in Syria had been defeated. Alaeddin Boroujerdi, who heads Iran’s parliamentary committee on national security and foreign policy, spoke hours after reports of a missile attack that killed dozens of Iranian fighters in northern Syria on Monday.

09.05.2018 - 07:15 [ Präsident der Islamischen Republik Iran ]

JCPOA lost 1 out of 5+1/I instructed FM to meet with other 5 countries soon/JCPOA to stand if other sides meet Iran’s goals/People mustn’t worry; we knew from long ago that Trump isn’t trustable

Speaking in a televised address to the people on the JCPOA, President Hassan Rouhani said: “As verified by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Iran has lived up to all its commitments and tonight, it was revealed who the unfaithful is”.

He continued: “Today, we saw what we were reiterating from 40 years ago, and that is Iran is a country that lives up to its commitments and the United States is a country that has never done so”.

“In the past 40 years or even before that, history tells that Americans have had a hostile approach towards the great Iranian nation and the nations of the region; from the coup in Iran against the legal government of Dr Mosadeq to their interference in the affairs of the past regime, supporting Saddam and attacking Iran’s passenger plane and killing innocent people and what they have done against the people of Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen and the Middle East and North Africa and against other peoples of the world”.

He also referred to the US’ withdrawal from the JCPOA and continued: “In fact, this was a confirmation of what they have been doing in the past months in another way”.

09.05.2018 - 07:09 [ Downing Street No 10 ]

Joint statement from Prime Minister May, Chancellor Merkel and President Macron following President Trump’s statement on Iran

It is with regret and concern that we, the Leaders of France, Germany and the United Kingdom take note of President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States of America from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

Together, we emphasise our continuing commitment to the JCPoA. This agreement remains important for our shared security. We recall that the JCPoA was unanimously endorsed by the UN Security Council in resolution 2231. This resolution remains the binding international legal framework for the resolution of the dispute about the Iranian nuclear programme. We urge all sides to remain committed to its full implementation and to act in a spirit of responsibility.

07.05.2018 - 14:29 [ Press TV ]

Rights groups to bring legal action against France over arms sales to Saudi, UAE

France, the world’s third-biggest arms exporter, counts Saudi Arabia and the UAE among its major purchasers, and France’s biggest defense firms, including Dassault and Thales, have major contracts in the Persian Gulf.

The European country has sold Caesar artillery guns and ammunition, sniper rifles and armored vehicles to Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

06.05.2018 - 08:58 [ France24.com ]

France condemns Trump’s statements at the NRA

Trump told an NRA (National Rifle Association) meeting in Dallas on Friday that if any employees or civilians present during the attacks had been armed, „it would have been a whole different story“.

On Saturday, France condemned Trump’s remarks, calling on him to show respect for the victims of the attack.

„France expresses its firm disapproval of the comments by President Trump about the attacks of November 13, 2015 in Paris and asks for respect of the memory of the victims,“ foreign ministry spokeswoman Agnes von der Muhll said in a statement.

06.05.2018 - 00:55 [ ABC Australia ]

New Caledonia: What you need to know about the French territory’s independence referendum

It’s estimated 40 per cent of New Caledonia’s population of about 270,000 are indigenous Kanak, and 29 per cent are of European origin. Holding about a quarter of the world’s nickel deposits and receiving substantial support from France, New Caledonians enjoy one of the highest GDPs per capita in the Pacific region.

06.05.2018 - 00:42 [ REALnews ]

French Unions & Students Mobilize Against Reforms: Another May ’68?

(4. Mai) 50 years after France’s legendary May 1968, which almost toppled the government, unions and students are again mobilizing against the government. However, while the establishment celebrates May ’68, its criticizes today’s protest movement, says Le Monde Diplomatique’s Renaud Lambert

30.04.2018 - 18:26 [ ijr.com ]

After Trump’s Warning to Iran This Week, Israel Follows Suit: Regime Is in Its ‚Final Days‘

(26.4.2018) After President Donald Trump met with French President Emmanuel Macron this week, where he warned that Iran will “pay a price like few counties have ever paid,” Israel echoed that sentiment and said the regime is in its “final days” due to its nuclear and regional ambitions like in Syria.

“They know that the Iranian regime is in its final days and will soon collapse,” Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman told the Arab publication Elaph.

30.04.2018 - 17:13 [ Kreml ]

Telephone conversation with President of France Emmanuel Macron

Emmanuel Macron spoke of the results of his visit to the US with an emphasis on the talks on the situation around the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iran’s nuclear programme.

The Russian and French presidents called for preserving and strictly implementing the plan.

They also discussed other current issues on the international and bilateral agendas.

28.04.2018 - 12:39 [ wsws.org ]

Starting Washington visit, Macron pledges endless war in Syria

(24.8.2018) Before French President Emmanuel Macron arrived in Washington, DC for a three-day state visit last night, he granted an extensive interview to Fox News calling for long-term NATO war in Syria. As tensions between Europe and America continue to mount over Trump’s threats of trade war and of an assault against Iran, the major imperialist powers are trying to resolve their differences on the basis of an aggressive militarist program.

26.04.2018 - 10:27 [ Daily Sabah ]

France, US and Middle Eastern partners to discuss Syrian crisis in Paris

The meeting will bring together a group of nations – including France, the U.S., Britain, Saudi Arabia and Jordan – which belong to the U.S.-led coalition against the Daesh terror group, dpa learned from diplomatic sources on Tuesday. It was not clear which officials would be sent by the participating nations.

More than 70 countries and around 20 international organizations are expected in Paris on Wednesday for the „No Money for Terror“ conference.

26.04.2018 - 09:51 [ CBC News ]

Trump-Macron: kissing, hand holding, dandruff wiping – their body language analyzed

French President Emmanuel Macron and U.S. President Donald Trump have appeared quite chummy on Macron’s state visit to the United States. The two leaders have been seen kissing, holding hands and Trump has jokingly brushed dandruff off Macron’s jacket. Some have seen these public displays of affection as sign of a growing alliance, but others wonder if it is all a show.

25.04.2018 - 07:56 [ Asharq Al-Awsat ]

Macron in Washington: A Second Syrian War Takes Shape

According to sources in Paris, Macron has already scored one success with Trump by persuading him to take back his earlier pledge to withdrawn US forces from Syria.

Trump accepted a delay because Macron said he had “new ideas” on Syria.

To be sure, the delay was also encouraged by “strong advice” from several Arab allies, as well as Trump’s Defense Secretary James Mattis and the new National Security Adviser John Bolton.

24.04.2018 - 11:13 [ Tass ]

Russia hopes contacts with France will clear up cooperation on Syria

„I hope that after contacts with [our] French colleagues we will set the record straight on how we will cooperate on a settlement to the Syrian crisis in order to observe all rules and norms of the international law and the United Nations Charter,“ Lavrov explained.

The foreign minister noted that on Monday, the Russian and French presidents had a phone conversation „during which Vladimir Putin laid out our stance and confirmed [Russia’s] willingness to coordinate positions with [our] French partners.“

24.04.2018 - 11:11 [ Yahoo.com ]

France Had Some Big Problems Firing Missiles at Syria

The three naval cruise missiles fired from the French frigate Languedoc were initially intended to come from a different French frigate whose first salvo simply “did not fire,” French Joint Chief of Staff spokesman Col. Patrick Steiger told Defense News.

Steiger stated the cause of the misfire was currently unknown; Navy Recognition notes that the launch constituted the first time that the French military had ever actually fired its new MdCN (or “Missile de Croisiere Naval”) naval cruise missiles.

17.04.2018 - 09:15 [ euronews.com ]

EU calls on Russia to bring Syria back to talks

Some analysts hope that the western airstrikes can bring the parties to a peace deal. Here is Marc Pierini of Carnegie Europe.
„Russia has been carefully warned, it has sheltered its staff and equipment, and so it is to be hoped that these strikes, which are in no way an aggression against Russia and not even against the Assad regime, also serve to give the signal that it would be time after 7 years of an atrocious war to talk politics and talk about a settlement of the conflict.“

17.04.2018 - 00:17 [ ZADforeverblog ]

A Call for Intergalactic Solidarity Actions Everywhere to End the Destruction of the ZAD of Notre Dame des Landes

(11.April) We are writing with the smell of tear gas rising from our fingers. The springtime symphony of birdsong is punctuated by the explosive echo of concussion grenades. Our eyes are watering, less from the gas than the sadness; because our friends’ homes, barns and organic farms are being destroyed. Bulldozers, supported by 2500 riot police, armored vehicles, helicopters and drones, are rampaging through these forests, pastures and wetlands to crush the future we are building here on the to the zad (The zone à defendre).(…)
Zapatistas demonstrated in Chiapas Mexico, there were actions in Brussels, Spain, Lebanon, London, Poland, Palestine and New York and the underground carpark of the french embassy in Munich was sabotaged. They will never be able to evict our solidarity.

16.04.2018 - 16:36 [ Bloomberg.com ]

Merkel’s Struggle to Gain Trump’s Ear Leaves Berlin Sidelined

The U.S. tried to shame Merkel’s government into helping in Syria, arguing that Germany of all nations should be appalled by the use of chemical weapons on civilians, according to a U.S. official who asked not to be named discussing strategy.

16.04.2018 - 09:34 [ USA Today ]

Macron: France persuaded Trump to strike in Syria

Appearing in a two-hour live broadcast on French television BFM and online investigative site Mediapart, the 40-year-old leader said the U.S., Britain and France had “full international legitimacy to intervene” in order to enforce international humanitarian law.

The allies fired missiles early Saturday at three chemical-weapons facilities in Syria to punish the regime for the alleged use of chemical weapons in the town of Douma.

“It was retaliation, not an act of war,” Macron said in justifying the operation a day before the French parliament was set to debate it.

16.04.2018 - 09:17 [ Haaretz ]

How the U.S.-led Airstrikes in Syria Hit Their Targets Before Assad’s Missile Defenses Even Fired

Electronic warfare suppression, a decoy battle group in the Mediterranean and never-before-used stealth missiles were all part of the attack

16.04.2018 - 08:09 [ Jeremy Corbyn / theGuardian.com ]

Diplomacy, and not bombing, is the way to end Syria’s agony

Already this devastating conflict has cost more than 500,000 lives and led to 5 million refugees being forced to flee Syria, and 6 million internally displaced. We must put negotiations for a political settlement centre stage, and not slip into a new cycle of military reaction and counter-reaction.

Protracted external military intervention in Syria – from funding and arms supplies to bombing and boots on the ground – has not helped in the slightest. Syria has become the theatre for military action by regional and international powers – the United States, Britain, Russia, France, Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates among them.

15.04.2018 - 19:48 [ Arab News ]

Arab leaders meet in Saudi Arabia as Syria tensions reach boiling point

Leaders of the 22-nation Arab League, who will meet in the Saudi city of Dhahran on Sunday, are expected to stress continuity in their efforts to find a solution to the Syrian conflict. It follows airstrikes by the US, UK and France against the Assad regime on Saturday. The leaders are likely to seek Arab and international support to increase pressure on the regime to find a solution to the conflict.

14.04.2018 - 13:30 [ Organisation des Nordatlantikvertrages ]

Statement by the NATO Secretary General on the actions against the Syrian regime’s chemical weapons facilities and capabilities

I support the actions taken by the United States, the United Kingdom and France against the Syrian regime’s chemical weapons facilities and capabilities. This will reduce the regime’s ability to further attack the people of Syria with chemical weapons.

NATO has consistently condemned Syria’s continued use of chemical weapons as a clear breach of international norms and agreements. The use of chemical weapons is unacceptable, and those responsible must be held accountable.

14.04.2018 - 03:45 [ CBS News ]

Trump says he has directed precision strikes in Syria — live updates

„A short time ago, I ordered the U.S. Armed Forces to launch precision strikes on targets associated with the chemical weapons capabilities of Syrian dictator, Bashar al-Assad,“ the president said from the White House.

„A combined operation with the armed forces of France and the United Kingdom is now under way,“ he continued.

13.04.2018 - 07:20 [ Washington Post ]

Trump plans to talk to allies before Syria strike decision

Mattis said options would be discussed with Trump at a meeting of his National Security Council on Thursday afternoon. That meant airstrikes, possibly in tandem with France and other allies that have expressed outrage at the alleged Syrian chemical attack, could be launched within hours of a presidential decision.

12.04.2018 - 15:20 [ Canary ]

A former airport development has become a battlefield between thousands of police and activists

Since 2008, La ZAD has become a thriving community that its residents called “Europe’s largest laboratory of commoning”. Zadistes have built homes, communal kitchens, bike workshops, a radio station, a brewery, a library, and much more. And the camp, home to about 250 people, has support from local residents and farmers.(…)
But on 8 April, around 2,500 police arrived to begin evictions…

(https://zad.nadir.org/spip.php?rubrique71)

11.04.2018 - 19:15 [ Syrian Arab News Agency ]

Al-Jaafari: Western threats to attack Syria will not dissuade it from confronting any aggression regardless of its source

New York, SANA – Syria’s Permanent Representative to the UN Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari stressed that the threats by Western states to launch an aggression on Syria and their maneuvers, misdirection, lies, and terrorism will not dissuade Syria from preserving its sovereignty and territorial integrity and from confronting any aggression regardless of its source, adding that Syria will not allow any of the permanent or non-permanent member states to do in Syria what they have done in Iraq or Libya.

Speaking during a session of the Security Council on the situation in Syria on Tuesday, al-Jaafari said “The US representative said that there is a single monster today which stands in the face of the whole world, and it is a monster which has armed and financed terrorists for more than seven years in Syria, and I say that this monster is the US, Britain, and France who sponsored terrorism in Syria and before it in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya.”

11.04.2018 - 09:43 [ Bloomberg.com ]

Macron Entertains Saudi Crown Prince Paris-Style at Louvre

Prince Mohammed, 32, met with the 40-year-old French leader for a private meal in the former royal palace-turned-museum in Paris ahead of their official rounds of meetings and a state dinner on Tuesday. Macron and Mohammed, who is on his first visit to France as Crown Prince, already met in Riyadh in November.

11.04.2018 - 06:03 [ New York Times ]

Trump Weighs More Robust Military Strike Against Syria

American officials expressed confidence that they would have the backing of France, which has been vocal about the need for a strong response, as well as Britain, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, all of which called for Syria to be held accountable for the suspected chemical attack. It remained unclear, however, whether any of the allies would participate.

10.04.2018 - 18:55 [ Press TV ]

France, Saudi Arabia sign multiple contracts worth $18bn

Other reports on Tuesday suggested some of the major deals signed during Salman’s current visit were for arms sale, including a deal for navy patrol boats from French company CMN and another one for Caesar artillery canons from Nexter. The French presidency has played down a possible contract while the two companies in question have also refused to comment.

03.04.2018 - 15:45 [ WSWS ]

Major strikes in France challenge Macron’s right-wing reforms

The pseudo-left plays the chief role in directing the growth of social opposition into the safe channels of the bourgeois political establishment. In France, the New Anti-capitalist Party (NPA) issued a public statement on March 19 demanding that workers “unite” behind the former leadership of the Socialist Party (PS), the very party that under President Francois Hollande carried out the attacks on wages and social programs that set the stage for Macron’s round of attacks. The NPA’s Léon Crémieux praised his party for taking “the initiative of a political appeal…bringing together forces ranging from [anarchist] Libertarian Alternative to [2017 Socialist Party presidential candidate] Benoit Hamon, via [Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s] Unsubmissive France.”

03.04.2018 - 10:11 [ RT ]

‘Not proxy’: Lavrov says US, British, French special forces ‘directly involved’ in Syria war

(19.3.2018) The US coalition is “illegitimate” from the standpoint of international law and the UN Charter, Lavrov said. “But we are realistic and understand that we wouldn’t fight with them. So we coordinate actions at least to prevent unintended clashes. Our military always keeps in touch with the American commanders who lead the operation on Syrian territory.”

30.03.2018 - 16:49 [ Hurriyet ]

Turkey lashes out at France over support for YPG in Syria

“Those who host at the highest level the members of a terrorist organization, which has been freely carrying out its activities in their countries, should be aware that this is nothing but an expression of hostility against Turkey,” Erdoğan said on March 30, condemning French President Emmanuel Macron’s reception of members of Syrian Kurdish groups at the Elysée Palace.

30.03.2018 - 16:39 [ Kurdistan24.net ]

French Special Forces to be deployed in Manbij very quickly: Macron to Syrian Kurdistan delegation

According to the report, Macron met with a Rojava delegation, including members of the YPG, at the Élysée. The delegation had arrived in Paris two days ago.

Accompanied by his special chief of staff, Admiral Roger, Macron announced that he would send French Special Forces to Manbij in coordination with the US, another report by Le Parisien said.