The iconic French bread should be recognized by UNESCO as one of the world's cultural treasures and listed as "intangible heritage," France's President Emmanuel Macron said Friday. Read more: Vive la baguette — from a drive-through Macron voiced his support for the baguette's UNESCO bid while meeting representatives of the national confederation of baking and pastry at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris. The bakers launched the idea after UNESCO assigned the "intangible heritage" status to the special method of dough twirling practiced by pizza makers in Naples. Read more: Pizza makes UNESCO 'intangible heritage' list Macron said the baguette was "part of daily life in France," and that registering it with UNESCO would also include the ingredients and the method of making it, according to the French Europe1 radio station. "I know our bakers, they saw the Neapolitans succeed in getting their pizza classified under UNESCO world heritage, and they said why not the baguette … [Read more...] about Emmanuel Macron calls for UNESCO status for French baguette
Rumours that a teenage Emmanuel Macron penned an erotic novel about his blooming relationship with his teacher, now wife, Brigitte Macron have started flying in France due to revelations in a soon to be published biography of the "first lady". It's no secret that Macron has literary aspirations. But it might come as a shock that they may have once included erotic fiction. According to a source used in the upcoming biography of France's first lady by Closer journalist Maëlle Brun, in 1993, a 16-year-old Macron penned the blue novel in addition to several poems. But the fresh revelations come from a neighbour who alludes to the fact that the subject of the novel was Macron's budding relationship with his future wife Brigitte who he met when she was a teacher at his school. "It was a daring novel, a little smutty! The names were of course not the same but I think he had to express what he felt at the time." … [Read more...] about Fresh claims around Emmanuel Macron’s erotic novel set tongues wagging in France
French President Emmanuel Macron and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday signed several agreements worth billions of euros, spanning strategic sectors of industry, including trade, art and energy. The series of agreements aim to "rebalance" the €30 billion ($36 billion) trade deficit France has with Beijing by providing reciprocal access to Chinese markets. Read more: France's Emmanuel Macron starts China visit in Silk Road gateway city of Xian Strategic access Xi said both countries will work together on the One Belt, One Road — also known as the new "Silk Road" project — after Macron endorsed the infrastructure project worth more than €1 trillion. Under the series of agreements, China has agreed to drop a 16-year-old embargo on French beef within six months and allow Chinese retailer JD.com to sell high-end French wine and cognac, a deal worth more than €2 billion. French energy giant Areva and its Chinese counterpart CNNC signed a deal … [Read more...] about France’s Emmanuel Macron secures strategic access to Chinese markets
At the start of his three-day state visit to China, French President Emmanuel Macron gave voice to European concerns about Beijing's massive Silk Road revival plan while also calling on European leaders to put aside their concerns and support an effort that is aimed at developing trade. "Our destinies are linked," he said during a keynote speech to businesspeople, academics and students at the Daming Palace — the royal residence for more than 220 years of the Tang dynasty — in the northern city of Xian, the starting point of the ancient Silk Road. Read more: China's Silk Road: a lucrative opportunity for Germany? But Macron also warned China about European concerns regarding China's "Belt and Road" project — a massive $1 trillion (€830 billion) development plan aimed at reviving the ancient Silk Road that once generated a flourishing trade in fabrics, spices and a plethora of other goods. Expanding trade or influence Current concerns center … [Read more...] about Emmanuel Macron starts China visit in Silk Road gateway city of Xian
For many years, Angela Merkel's dominance in Europe remained unchallenged. After Donald Trump was elected US president, some English-language newspapers even declared the German chancellor the "leader of the free world." But things have changed: Merkel's center-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) fared badly in the September general elections, and she still hasn't managed to form a new government. Until this is achieved, Merkel remains in office on an interim basis. And her status as Europe's leading figure has certainly taken a hit. Emmanuel Macron, meanwhile, has shot to political stardom. The young, charismatic politician emerged victorious from the French presidential elections, leaving far-right candidate Marine Le Pen in the dust. He has also succeeded in reforming the French labor market — an impressive feat given the fierce opposition he faced. Recent economic data have further emboldened him. And surveys indicate that Macron is regaining public support, following … [Read more...] about Is Emmanuel Macron Europe’s new Angela Merkel?