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14:10  25 august  2019
14:10  25 august  2019 Source:   msn.com

France's Macron seeks to be a mediator in G-7 hard times

France's Macron seeks to be a mediator in G-7 hard times PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron hosts the G-7 summit this weekend fresh off a meeting with Russia's Vladimir Putin, hoping to maintain his image as a global mediator at a time of deep political and economic insecurity in the world and despite President Donald Trump's open disdain for multilateral talks. So far Macron's had little to show for his efforts and many are skeptical about any concrete G-7 outcome amid the diverging views of Europe and the United States.

French President Emmanuel Macron says he will present US President Donald Trump ideas for an economic incentive package to try to French President Emmanuel Macron and US President Donald Trump prepare for a family photo during the G -20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Nov.

President Donald Trump arrived in France on Saturday morning after an overnight flight from Washington, his arrival preceded by more tit-for-tat tariff action that economists — and most of the other Group of 7 heads — believe is contributing to a global economic slump.

G-7 cracks emerge on Iran as Trump contests French role © Provided by The Associated Press French President Emmanuel Macron, left, and President Donald Trump, right, participate in a G-7 Working Session on the Global Economy, Foreign Policy, and Security Affairs the G-7 summit in Biarritz, France, Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)

BIARRITZ, France (AP) — The first fissures emerged among G-7 leaders on Sunday over how to deal with Iran, as U.S. President Donald Trump denied he had signed on to an agreement on giving France a leading role as a go-between with the world's major democracies.

Trump had tried to play down tensions among Group of Seven leaders after an intimate dinner Saturday in the southwest French resort of Biarritz, but came out swiftly to dispute France's claim that they had agreed to let President Emmanuel Macron deliver a message to Iran on their behalf.

Macron hosts Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif for talks on nuclear deal

Macron hosts Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif for talks on nuclear deal French President Emmanuel Macron held talks with Iran’s foreign minister Friday ahead of a G7 meeting, where he will attempt to soothe tensions between Tehran and Washington at what risks being a stormy summit. “We’re at a critical moment,” Macron warned on Wednesday, acknowledging that Iran is “laying out a strategy for exiting the JCPOA”, the name of the 2015 accord reining in the country’s nuclear ambitions. He admitted this week there were “true disagreements” over Iran within the G7 club of the world’s biggest economies, which are meeting in France this weekend.

Iran has also locked horns with Britain, with Iran 's Revolutionary Guards seizing a British tanker in July after Britain detained an Iranian tanker off Gibraltar. France has stepped up its outreach to Iran 's President Hassan Rouhani, with Macron twice dispatching his diplomatic advisor Emmanuel Bonne to

President Donald Trump plans to depart from this weekend's Group of 7 summit in Canada several hours early, the White House announced Thursday, punctuating an explosion of acrimony between Trump and his foreign counterparts on the eve of the talks.

G-7 cracks emerge on Iran as Trump contests French role © Provided by The Associated Press Demonstrator hold upside down portraits of French President Emmanuel Macron during a protest through the streets of Bayonne, France Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019. Critics of French President Emmanuel Macron are marching near the G-7 summit he is hosting to demand he do more to protect French workers and the planet. A melange of activists, some wearing yellow vests, carried portraits of Macron as they marched Sunday through the southwest city of Bayonne. Some held the portraits upside down. (AP Photo/Bob Edme)

For several months, Macron has taken a lead role in trying to save the 2015 nuclear accord, which has been unraveling since Trump pulled the U.S. out of the agreement.

No details were provided on what the G-7 message to Iran would be but Macron said the goal is to prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons and avoid a further escalation in tensions in the Middle East.

Macron spearheads pressure on Bolsonaro over Amazon fires

Macron spearheads pressure on Bolsonaro over Amazon fires France's Emmanuel Macron led a growing wave of international pressure on Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro over the fires raging in the Amazon rainforest Friday, telling him Paris would block efforts to seal a major trade deal. The issue will be high on the agenda when global leaders meet for the G7 summit Saturday in the French resort of Biarritz, where they are also set to tackle global trade wars and the Iran nuclear standoff. Just days before hosting the summit, Macron called for urgent talks on the "international crisis" in the world's largest rainforest, saying leaders would hammer out "concrete measures" to tackle it.

French President Emmanuel Macron surprised Trump with an impromptu lunch and began Trump has approached the looming economic slowdown with a mix of isolationism and frenetic energy. The official listed disputes: on trade, on Iran , on climate, even on the basic question of whether Russia

French President Emmanuel Macron pitched U.S. President Donald Trump on a plan to end the standoff over the Iran nuclear deal. U.S. President Donald Trump , left, is greeted by President of France Emmanuel Macron as he arrives to the G 7 Summit in Biarritz, France, Saturday, Aug.

G-7 cracks emerge on Iran as Trump contests French role © Provided by The Associated Press Demonstrators hold up upside down portraits of French President Emmanuel Macron during a protest in Bayonne, France Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019. Critics of French President Emmanuel Macron marched near the G-7 summit he is hosting to demand he do more to protect French workers and the planet. A melange of activists, some wearing yellow vests, carried portraits of Macron as they marched Sunday through the southwest city of Bayonne. Some held the portraits upside down. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

"I haven't discussed that," Trump said Sunday morning. He described the dinner as "very, very good" and blamed the media for anything that implied otherwise.

But it seemed from other accounts that the previous night's dinner had been tense and the divide between him and the rest of the G-7 were clear.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, greeting Macron for a morning meeting, congratulated the French president and shook his hand.

Iranian foreign minister makes surprise appearance at G7 summit

Iranian foreign minister makes surprise appearance at G7 summit Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif flew into Biarritz in southern France for the G7 summit on Sunday in an unexpected and dramatic attempt to break a diplomatic deadlock over Tehran's disputed nuclear programme. Zarif's presence had not been announced and represented an attempt by French host Emmanuel Macron to find a way to soothe spiralling tensions between Iran and the United States. He was not expected to hold face-to-face talks with US President Donald Trump but the presence of the two men in the same place sparked hopes of a detente. "Zarif... has arrived in Biarritz...

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump threatened his French hosts with taxes on their wines Friday as he headed to a G 7 summit in France After a day that saw big falls on Wall Street after he announced new tariffs against China, Trump was in no doubt that he would emerge victorious from

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"You did very well last night. My God that was a difficult one. You did brilliant, you did brilliant," he said.

Johnson himself was critical of the U.S. trade war with China, which has been casting shadows over the world economy.

The G-7 leaders regrouped on Sunday morning to focus on what they can do to boost growth at a time of heightened uncertainty. Manufacturers around the world are smarting from the trade dispute between the U.S. and China, which has led to new import taxes on hundreds of billions of dollars-worth of goods. Businesses don't know where tariffs will be imposed next.

G-7 cracks emerge on Iran as Trump contests French role © Provided by The Associated Press Mounted police officers patrol along the beach, with the G7 venue Bellevue in background, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019 in Biarritz. Leaders of the Group of Seven countries arrive on Saturday to discuss issues including the struggling global economy and climate change until Monday. They include the United States, Germany, Japan, Britain, France, Canada and Italy. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

The White House had said putting the economy on the agenda was Trump's idea, but the G-7 has for over four decades always included a focus on the economy: it was founded as a response to the Arab oil embargo in the 1970s and the recession that followed.

U.S. should honour nuclear deal if it wants talks - Iran foreign minister

U.S. should honour nuclear deal if it wants talks - Iran foreign minister U.S. should honour nuclear deal if it wants talks - Iran foreign minister

The French president slammed US counterpart for "unproductive" tariffs and preventing other nations from dealing with Iran . If Donald Trump doesn't care about "being isolated," then G 7 may be better being G6, says Emmanuel Macron. The French president slammed US counterpart for "unproductive"

JUST WATCHED. Trump sticks up for Russia at G 7 . Trudeau and Trump had a reportedly contentious phone call late last month as the Canadian leader expressed his unhappiness with the As a series of combative tweets from Macron began emerging late in the day, Trump again raised the

G-7 cracks emerge on Iran as Trump contests French role © Provided by The Associated Press Police fire gather behind their shields as they clash with protestors in Bayonne, France, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019. World leaders and protesters are converging on the southern French resort town of Biarritz for the G-7 summit. Police have fired water cannon at about 400 anti-capitalist protesters blocking roads in a town near the venue of the G-7 summit. A few protesters threw rocks at police but the crowd in Bayonne was largely peaceful. (AP Photo/Bob Edme)

The backdrop is particularly worrying this year, with the U.S. economy slowing and Germany and Italy close to recession.

Meanwhile, Britain is due to leave the EU in October and there is no agreement on how it should happen, raising the possibility of a disorderly exit that could wreak havoc for business in Europe.

G-7 cracks emerge on Iran as Trump contests French role © Provided by The Associated Press French President Emmanuel Macron, left, and President Donald Trump, right, participates in a G-7 Working Session on the Global Economy, Foreign Policy, and Security Affairs the G-7 summit in Biarritz, France, Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)

The G-7 summit includes the heads of Britain, France, Germany, Japan, Canada and Italy as well as a representative of the 28-country EU.

In the nearby town of Bayonne, protesters demanded Macron do more to protect French workers and the planet.

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WASHINGTON — President Trump announced on Tuesday that the United States will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal and is preparing to reinstate all sanctions it had waived as part of the accord. The administration is planning to impose additional economic penalties as well.

WASHINGTON — President Trump approved military strikes against Iran in retaliation for downing an It was not clear whether Mr. Trump simply changed his mind on the strikes or whether the Congressional Democrats emerged from the president’s classified briefing in the Situation Room and

A mix of activists, some wearing yellow vests, carried portraits of the French president as they marched Sunday in solidarity with environmental activists who removed official portraits of Macron from town halls around France earlier this year to protest his climate change policies.

G-7 cracks emerge on Iran as Trump contests French role © Provided by The Associated Press President Donald Trump and Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, right, attend a working breakfast at the Hotel du Palais on the sidelines of the G-7 summit in Biarritz, France, Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Internationally, Macron is a vocal champion of fighting climate change, and has challenged Trump on the issue. At home in France, however, activists accuse him of lagging on promises to wean France from fossil fuels.

G-7 cracks emerge on Iran as Trump contests French role © Provided by The Associated Press A protestor throws away a teargas canister fired by police in Bayonne, France, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019. World leaders and protesters are converging on the southern French resort town of Biarritz for the G-7 summit. Police have fired water cannon at about 400 anti-capitalist protesters blocking roads in a town near the venue of the G-7 summit. A few protesters threw rocks at police but the crowd in Bayonne was largely peaceful. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

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Zeke Miller contributed.

G-7 cracks emerge on Iran as Trump contests French role
G-7 cracks emerge on Iran as Trump contests French role
G-7 cracks emerge on Iran as Trump contests French role

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