About: Jean-Marc Ayrault

Politics 07-04-2017

France says backs West African cooperation against Islamists

France backs efforts by West African states to boost security in the Sahel region, including a plan for a 5,000-strong multinational force to combat Islamist fighters, its foreign minister said yesterday (6 April).

Global Europe 20-02-2017

Paris blames Moscow for cyberattacks on pro-EU candidate Macron

Suspected Russian cyberattacks on the French presidential campaign are "unacceptable", France's foreign minister said Sunday, adding it was clear that pro-Europe candidate Emmanuel Macron was being targeted.

Global Europe 17-02-2017

France and Germany frown at Trump’s Middle East policy

France and Germany consider the US position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict confusing and risking ending the prospect of a two-state solution and fuel conflict in the region, the two leading EU countries said yesterday (16 February).

Global Europe 31-01-2017

France, worried by Trump, promises to defend Iran nuclear deal

France vowed on Monday (30 January) to defend Iran's nuclear deal, which US President Donald Trump has threatened to tear up, but said it was imperative Tehran abide strictly by the conditions of the accord.

Global Europe 30-01-2017

Global backlash grows against Trump’s immigration order

The global backlash against US President Donald Trump's immigration curbs gathered strength yesterday (29 January) as several countries including long-standing American allies criticised the measures as discriminatory and divisive.

Global Europe 16-01-2017

European leaders react to Trump bombshells

Europe should face Donald Trump with "confidence", German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said Monday (16 January), after the US president-elect had predicted that more EU members would leave the bloc and charged that NATO was "obsolete".

Development Policy 21-12-2016

France says EU ties with Congo must be reviewed, fears ‘terrible civil war’

France called on the European Union to re-examine its relations with Democratic Republic of Congo, fearing that President Joseph Kabila's decision not to step down after his mandate expired might trigger "a terrible civil war".

Defence policy 30-11-2016

Ukraine peace talks end without agreement

Four-way talks on ending a separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine finished without a breakthrough yesterday (29 November), with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier declaring that "lip service" statements were not enough to achieve lasting peace.

Global Europe 15-11-2016

EU backs minimalist defence plan in effort not to undermine NATO

EU ministers approved a common defence plan yesterday (14 November) despite sharp differences over how far it should go, as Donald Trump's election win stoked fears about Washington's commitment to European security.

Global Europe 14-11-2016

EU braces for more ‘business-like’ ties with Trump

European Union foreign ministers insisted yesterday (13 November) they expected good relations with Donald Trump, after a crisis meeting that Britain, France and Hungary snubbed in a move that exposed rifts over the US president-elect.

Global Europe 09-11-2016

From shock to delight: Member state reactions to Trump’s victory

Donald Trump's victory in the US elections took most of the EU countries by surprise. A majority of leaders appeared apprehensive of the consequences, with the exception of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, for whom Trump’s election is “great news” and a proof that “democracy is still alive”. This article will be updated as reactions keep arriving.

Development Policy 03-11-2016

French MPs: Hollande’s presidency ‘catastrophic’ for development

Development suffered the second deepest cuts of any budget during François Hollande's term in office, just after spending on military veterans. The French government has promised to turn the ship around in 2017. EURACTIV France reports.

Global Europe 28-10-2016

Russia denies role in bloody strike on Syrian school

Russia on Thursday (27 October) denied any involvement in deadly air strikes on a Syrian school and rejected a UN-led investigation showing its ally Damascus had carried out chemical attacks, as Moscow's relations with the West took another hit.

Global Europe 18-10-2016

EU condemns Russia over Aleppo, to impose more Syrian sanctions

EU foreign affairs ministers yesterday (17 October) condemned Russia's air campaign in Syria, saying it may be guilty of war crimes, and it vowed to impose more sanctions on President Bashar al-Assad's government.

Global Europe 17-10-2016

EU divided over Russia in Syria and more sanctions

Russia's role in Syria has led to calls for more sanctions against Moscow, but the deadline for deciding whether to renew the current raft of punitive measures is fast approaching. There are powerful figures on both side of the argument. EURACTIV's partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

Trade & Society 13-10-2016

‘Strange’ manoeuvering over CETA exposes democratic deficit

French lawmakers are continuing their battle against the EU's free trade deal with Canada (CETA). The arrest of Green MEP José Bové by the Canadian authorities yesterday (12 October) has only deepened concerns over the deal. EURACTIV France reports.

Global Europe 11-10-2016

Putin in Berlin – and Paris? – on 19 October for Ukraine talks

Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit Berlin on 19 October for talks with some leaders of the European Union and Ukraine to discuss a solution to the Ukrainian crisis, a Kremlin aide told reporters yesterday (10 October).

Global Europe 10-10-2016

Germany, France harden tone on Russia over Aleppo bombings

Germany is mulling sanctions against Russia over the Syria and France is considering asking the International Criminal Court's prosecutor to launch an investigation into war crimes it says have been committed by Syrian and Russian forces in eastern Aleppo.

Defence policy 20-09-2016

Ukraine concerned at wavering support from Europe

Ukraine's newly-appointed Vice Prime Minister in charge of European integration is worried that EU support for her country is weakening. EURACTIV France reports from Kyiv.

Europe's East 15-09-2016

German, French FMs push peace bid in war-torn Ukraine

The German and French foreign ministers made their first visit to Ukraine's war-torn east on Thursday (15 September), saying they wanted to push a new bid for peace after a recent surge in violence.

Europe's East 13-09-2016

Ukraine reports death of three soldiers as EU pushes for peace

Ukraine said today (13 September) that pro-Russian insurgents had killed three of its soldiers in violation of a truce the foreign ministers of Germany and France will try to revive in Kyiv this week.

Brexit 02-09-2016

Van Rompuy: Brexit will take ‘years and years’

No need to panic, the UK was on its way out of the EU years ago. This was the view shared by Herman Van Rompuy and the EU foreign affairs ministers who met in Paris on Thursday (1 September). EURACTIV France reports.

Brexit 28-07-2016

Boris Johnson meets French foreign minister who called him a liar

Boris Johnson, the new British foreign secretary, today (28 July) met his French counterpart, Jean-Marc Ayrault, the man who branded him a “liar with his back to the wall” after the referendum campaign on the UK’s membership of the EU.

Brexit 25-07-2016

Boris Johnson is back and could prevent Brexit

The Brexit deal is likely to leave both ‘leavers’ and ‘remainers’ unsatisfied. But it is possible that Boris Johnson, the man who backed Brexit to advance his career, could switch sides again to save his own skin, writes Guy Edwards.