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The interior of the Louvre Abu Dhabi on Nov. 7. (Giuseppe Cacace/AFP/Getty Images)

The Louvre Isn’t Just a Museum. It’s a Power Tool.

Emmanuel Macron went to the Middle East this week to unveil the Louvre Abu Dhabi — and affirm France as a global power.

A logo of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is displayed in front of the organization headquarters on September 14, 2011. AFP PHOTO MIGUEL MEDINA (Photo credit should read MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. to Pull Out of UNESCO, Again

Worried about past dues and what it calls an anti-Israel bias, Washington is bailing on the group it helped found.

Students demonstrate in favor of Catalonian independence in Barcelona (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

France Won’t Recognize an Independent Catalonia

The statement comes as Catalonia mulls an independence declaration, spooking companies and emboldening France’s separatists.

A French soldier enforcing pictured on November 18, 2015 in Paris in front of the Eiffel Tower, which is illuminated with the colors of the French flag in tribute to the victims of the November 13 Paris terror attacks. Photo credit: JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images

Rights Advocates Brace for Anti-Terrorism Bill

Critics of Macron's anti-terrorism bill see it as a dangerous political gesture.

President of Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes council, Vice-President of the French right-wing Les Republicains (LR) party, and candidate for the LR presidency, Laurent Wauquiez, delivers a speech prior to  climbing the Mont Mezenc in Les Etables, central France, on September 3, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE DESMAZES        (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE DESMAZES/AFP/Getty Images)

France’s Bizarro-Macron Is on the March on En Marche

Laurent Wauquiez is young, charismatic, ambitious — and he’s reshaping French conservatism in a bid to become president.

TOPSHOT - A picture taken on October 17, 2016 shows an employee walking behind a glass wall with machine coding symbols at the headquarters of Internet security giant Kaspersky in Moscow. / AFP / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY Thibault MARCHAND        (Photo credit should read KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)

Russia’s Hybrid Warriors Got the White House. Now They’re Coming for America’s Town Halls.

Moscow knows that activists, religious groups, and NGOs are democracy’s soft underbelly.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a press conference at the headquarters of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party in Berlin on September 25, 2017, one day after general elections.
Merkel woke up to a fourth term but now faces the double headache of an emboldened hard-right opposition party and thorny coalition talks ahead. / AFP PHOTO / Tobias SCHWARZ / ALTERNATIVE CROP         (Photo credit should read TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

This Was the Worst Possible German Election for Europe

Angela Merkel’s final term was supposed to revive the EU. Now it might condemn the continent to permanent crisis.

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 28: Iran President Hassan Rouhani sits before addressing the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters on September 28, 2015 in New York City. The ongoing war in Syria and the refugee crisis it has spawned are playing a backdrop to this years 70th annual General Assembly meeting of global leaders.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Trump Efforts to Reopen Negotiations on Iran Nuclear Pact Fail

The president may be stuck for now with what he’s called “one the worst deals ever.”

France's president Emmanuel Macron (L) laughs with US President Donald Trump before a meeting at the Palace Hotel during the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly on September 18, 2017, in New York. / AFP PHOTO / ludovic MARIN        (Photo credit should read LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Reaches Out to U.N., Criticizes Waste, in Debut Appearance

The president's U.N. bashing was unusually restrained a day ahead of his much-anticipated address to the General Assembly.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers her speech as she attends an electoral meeting in Delbrueck, western Germany, on September 10, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Friso Gentsch / Germany OUT        (Photo credit should read FRISO GENTSCH/AFP/Getty Images)

Angela Merkel Has Everything Except a Legacy

The German chancellor has spent 12 years fending off, deterring, and patching up. But in her last term, can she build anything lasting?

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - JUNE 22:  French President Emmanuel Macron arrives for his first summit since winning the Presidency, at the EU Council headquarters ahead of a European Council meeting on June 22, 2017 in Brussels, Belgium.  In the first European summit since she lost her Commons majority in the general election, British Prime Minister Theresa May will outline her plans for the issue of expats' rights after Brexit. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

Macron’s Revolution Is Over Before It Started

The French president's movement of upper-middle-class amateurs is having trouble reviving national politics.

Pope Francis arrives for his weekly general audience at St Peter's square on October 14, 2015 at the Vatican. Pope Francis apologised Wednesday on behalf of the Catholic Church for a series of scandals which have recently shaken the city of Rome and the Vatican. The Vatican has been the focus of several controversies including the coming out of a gay priest and the leak of a controversial letter, while the pontiff himself ended up in the headlines for a gaffe which helped oust Rome's mayor.  AFP PHOTO / VINCENZO PINTO        (Photo credit should read VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)

Pope Francis Should Reject Callista Gingrich as Ambassador (for Adultery)

The pontiff rejected a French ambassador just because he was gay; surely, he should reject Trump's pick for her sins.

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The leaders of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, the US and Italy will be joined by representatives of the European Union and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as well as teams from Ethiopia, Kenya, Niger, Nigeria and Tunisia during the summit from May 26 to 27, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Filippo MONTEFORTE / The erroneous mention[s] appearing in the metadata of this photo by Filippo MONTEFORTE                   has been modified in AFP systems in the following manner: [President of the European Council Donald Tusk] instead of [President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker]. Please immediately remove the erroneous mention[s] from all your online services and delete it (them) from your servers. If you have been authorized by AFP to distribute it (them) to third parties, please ensure that the same actions are carried out by them. Failure to promptly comply with these instructions will entail liability on your part for any continued or post notification usage. Therefore we thank you very much for all your attention and prompt action. We are sorry for the inconvenience this notification may cause and remain at your disposal for any further information you may require.        (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)

America’s Not First. It’s Third.

The United States slips behind France and the U.K. in this year’s soft-power ranking.

French President Emmanuel Macron (L) talks with Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita during a visit to the troops of France's Barkhane counter-terrorism operation in Africa's Sahel region in Gao, northern Mali, on May 19, 2017. 
The French president's visit in Mali is his first trip outside Europe since his inauguration on May 14, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / CHRISTOPHE PETIT TESSON        (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE PETIT TESSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Is It Racist to Say Africa Has ‘Civilizational’ Problems?

The French president got in hot water for noting the continent's dysfunction. But nothing he said was false.

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