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French President Emmanuel Macron has filed a complaint against a tabloid journalist for "harassment and attempted invasion of privacy".
The French leader is on holiday in Marseilles with his wife. The Elysee's communication department said: “From time to time, the President went out, and this photographer followed him several times on a motorcycle. Security asked him several times not to do it, but he continued, sometimes at his own risk and peril.”
"On Sunday, he entered private property, which led to a complaint for ‘harassment and attempted invasion of privacy”. The complaint has been filed on behalf of the President," a spokesperson said.
The photographer was reportedly held for about six hours in police custody on Sunday at a Marseille police station. He was released after “the usual verifications,” a police source said. The Elysée has denied pressurising television teams posted in front of the house occupied by the Macrons.
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French President Emmanuel Macron has told Congress that he will work to bring France along a new path.
In a speech lasting more than an hour on Monday, the Head of State said he wanted to say farewell to cynicism and to “renew the spirit of conquest”.
He welcomed the “resolute and profound transformation” instilled by his election. “What is asked of us by the French people is to reconnect with the spirit of conquest that has made it [possible], and finally to reconcile it with itself,” he said.
Referring to B-partisan politics of Left and Right, President Macron said: "The French people have shown their impatience towards the political world too often made of quarrels or empty ambitions.” He also warned newly-elected parliamentarians not to return to bad habits.
Referring to his strongest critics, the President said: “We have to get out of this climate of false trials where public debate has locked us up too long. We have to find air, serenity, and gaiety."
He called for “an end to this incessant search for a scandal”, warning the press not to look for scandals where there aren’t any.
One of the planks in Macron’s platform is to reduce the number of parliamentarians by one-third. He claims that a smaller parliament would be more efficient.
Meanwhile, leaders of several trade unions are already threatening industrial unrest once the President attempts fundamental changes in France’s cumbersome labour laws. (Homepage image: Facebook Emmanuel Macron)