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The Macron doctrine: France on the international stage

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Al-Araby

Five years ago, Emmanuel Macron was elected president of France. He stood for office on a platform of radical change and a departure from the status quo. He promised to reinvent the French state, revitalise its economy, and change the country in social terms. In foreign policy, Macron’s stated policy was no less bold. He gave blockbuster interviews to international magazines like Der Speigel, in which he argued for ‘heroic’ politics and foreign policy, for France to reinvent and reinvigorate the European Union, but also to be independent of the European and NATO line when necessary. Macron spo…

UAE could soon host its first ‘Jewish neighbourhood’

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Al-Araby

The United Arab Emirates is to establish a neighbourhood for its fast-growing Jewish population, Israeli outlet The Jerusalem Post reported the UAE’s senior-most rabbi as saying. “What we need is a Jewish neighbourhood, and I have been speaking with a few real estate developers about this,” said Elie Abadie, who heads the Jewish Council of the Emirates. “We will be seeing more houses of worship, schools – from nurseries to higher education- a dedicated place for the Mikveh (a ritual bath designed for the Jewish rite of purification)… more kosher food establishments and a community centre,” h…

Negev summit: The budding Israeli-Arab alliance against Iran

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Al-Araby

In a groundbreaking summit hosted by Israel in the Negev desert in late March, top diplomats from the host country met with leaders from four Arab states, including the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Morocco, and Egypt. The summit, which gained international prominence with the presence of the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, focused on regional security but two major issues have come to define the meeting: the threat of Iran and the absence of Palestine. The summit was held to continue the normalisation of some Arab states with Israel and the Abraham Accords of 2020. Participating …

France elections 2022: Can Mélenchon revive the French left?

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Al-Araby

A survivor of the fall of the French left has emerged from the ruins to have a shot at the upcoming presidential election: Jean-Luc Mélenchon has become France’s leading left-wing candidate after steadily rising in the polls and is now eyeing the Elysée. Likening himself to a tortoise, the veteran leftist and leader of the France Unbowed party hopes that his third candidacy will see his slow and steady rise to win the presidential race. A recent surge in the polls means Mélenchon is currently in third place, just a handful of points behind far-right Le Pen while centrist incumbent Macron leads…

Algeria culture ministry to shun French as official language

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Al-Araby

Algeria’s culture ministry has shed French as the language of official correspondence, as ties between the country and its former colonial power continue to stagnate. Culture minister Soraya Mouloudji ordered on 30 March that Arabic replace French as the language of official correspondence for the ministry, according to the statement posted to Facebook on Saturday. Relations between Algeria and France have been strained for much of the six decades since the former French colony won its independence after a 130-year occupation. Ties collapsed in October after French president Emmanuel Macron ac…