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Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and French President Emmanuel Macron speak after the closing press conference of the seventh Med7 Mediterranean countries summit in Corsica on Sept. 10.

Turkish Military Maneuvering Pushed Italy and France to Join Forces in the Mediterranean. Now What?

Formerly competitors, Paris and Rome’s Pax Mediterranea may spell Ankara’s final estrangement from Europe.

French President Emmanuel Macron gets off a plane as he arrives at Baghdad airport, on Sept. 2, 2020.

Macron Wants to Be a Middle Eastern Superpower

The French president is making a bid to shape the region—but does his reach exceed his grasp?

The French Army patrols a rural area in northern Burkina Faso on Nov. 14, 2019.

France and the United States Are Making West Africa’s Security Situation Worse

France’s unilateralism and the United States’ wavering are destabilizing the Sahel—and creating an opening for Russia and China.

Kosovar Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti speaks with an aide after signing an agreement on opening economic relations with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic in the White House on Sept. 4.

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An interview with Kosovo’s prime minister, how Myanmar can avoid a public health disaster in the conflict-torn state of Rakhine, and the case for reassessing Voltaire’s legacy.

French President Emmanuel Macron walks into a room with a relief bust of the French author and philosopher Voltaire during a visit to the newly restored Château de Voltaire à Ferney in eastern France, on May 31, 2018.

Voltaire Spread Darkness, Not Enlightenment. France Should Stop Worshipping Him.

The celebrated philosopher was an unapologetic racist and anti-Semite who inspired Hitler. The recent removal of his statue in Paris was long overdue.

People clear rubble from their historic homes in Beirut's Karantina neighborhood near the port on Aug. 21.

How Beirut Blast Could Further Enrich Lebanese Elites

Most residents don’t have money for repairs, making them vulnerable to corruption schemes.

A protester confronts security forces during an anti-government protest at Parliament on August 10 in Beirut, Lebanon.

Lebanon Needs Transformation, Not Another Corrupt Unity Government

If the United States lets France take the lead, the Lebanese people will get more political paralysis, cosmetic reforms, and Hezbollah control of state institutions.

A man leaves the Menoyia immigration detention center near the town of Kofinou in Cyprus on May 29.

The End of Immigration Detention Doesn’t Mean the End of Fortress Europe

The coronavirus pandemic temporarily ended the practice of detaining and deporting asylum-seekers in many countries, but harsher border controls could make reaching Europe and the United States harder than ever.

Anne Hidalgo, the incumbent mayor of Paris and member of the French Socialist Party, celebrates after winning the second round of the French Municipal elections in Paris on June 28. Aurelien Morissard/Xinhua via Getty Images

Is France’s Socialist Party Back From the Dead?

As Macron’s luster fades in local elections, Socialist leaders are planning a return to national politics—in alliance with the Greens.

A European Union flag flutters in front of a newly hung banner that reads “Coronavirus Global Response” in front of the European Commission building in Brussels on May 6.

Funding Unity in the EU

The union’s next budget and pandemic recovery fund could heal Europe’s divides—or make them worse.

Protesters raise their fist and give the finger from the statue of Marianne on Place de la Republique in Paris on June 13, 2020.

France Was Officially Colorblind—Until Now

The country is upending its national identity by finally starting to acknowledge race.

Senegalese forces with the U.N. Mission in Mali on patrol.

U.S. Tussles With France, U.N. Over Counterterrorism Efforts in West Africa

The Trump administration seeks to put an American in charge of the U.N. mission in Mali.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron

Are the Germans Edging Closer to True Fiscal Union?

In a striking reversal, Merkel joins with France in recommending a euro fund that could be a timid first step toward greater integration.

French President Emmanuel Macron walks with Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj and General Khalifa Haftar, commander of the Libyan National Army, after talks aimed at easing tensions in Libya.

Russia Isn’t the Only One Getting Its Hands Dirty in Libya

The United Arab Emirates, backed by France, is helping to fuel continued bloodshed in the North African country.

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