During his visit to West Africa, French President Emmanuel Macron says that French forces killed 33 Islamist militants in central Mali earlier that day.
Sources: The Guardian
Sources: The Guardian
President Emmanuel Macron's party Renaissance is confirmed to lose its majority in the National Assembly after yesterday's second round of legislative elections. Both the left-wing alliance NUPES and the right-wing party National Rally achieve significant electoral gains, forcing the government to seek compromises with other parties during the upcoming legislative period for the first time since the 1988 legislative election.
Russian President Vladimir Putin tells French President Emmanuel Macron that his country is ready to continue peace negotiations with Ukraine amidst fears that talks between the two countries have stalled.
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The office of French President Emmanuel Macron says that a French soldier was killed during operations against militants in Mali. According to the press release, the soldier died when his armored vehicle was hit by an IED.