– France's newly elected president, Emmanuel Macron, came out of his first meeting with President Vladimir Putin of Russia on Monday with a message of stark challenge, promising French military reprisals for any use of chemical weapons by Russia's allies in Syria and saying he would closely monitor the curtailing of civil rights for gay people in Chechnya. Against the gilded backdrop of the Palace of Versailles, Macron and Putin pledged to work with each other to fight terrorism.
The visit by Mr. Putin, at Mr. Macron’s invitation, was described as a working meeting timed to coincide with the opening of a show at the Grand Trianon, a chateau within the Versailles complex. The exhibition celebrates the ties between Russia and France forged 300 years ago by Peter the Great when he visited France after encouraging diplomatic ties between the two countries.
The cabinet announced on Wednesday by the government of France’s newly elected president, Emmanuel Macron, is made up of a carefully chosen cast of characters meant to signal how he plans to govern. It has some appointments from the left and some from the right; it is evenly divided between career politicians and those who come from the private sector or nonprofits. And it has equal numbers of men and women.