Hollande warns Trump against ‘dead end response’

French President Francois Hollande on Saturday warned his new US counterpart Donald Trump against adopting a protectionist stance and called on him to respect the principle of accepting refugees.

Hollande warns Trump against 'dead end response'
President Donald Trump rings international leaders on Saturday. Photo: AFP
During a telephone conversation between the two leaders Hollande stressed the “economic and political consequences of a protectionist approach”,  the Elysée Palace said in a statement.
Trump on Friday signed an executive order suspending the US refugee resettlement programme for 120 days.
“Faced with an unstable and uncertain world, withdrawal into oneself is a dead-end response,” Hollande was quoted as saying.
He added that defending democratic principles required compliance with “the principles on which it is founded, in particular the acceptance of refugees”.
In addition to his freeze on refugee settlement Trump has also announced that visa applications from seven Muslim countries — Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen – are on hold for at least 90 days.
Hollande also insisted on “the importance for the planet of the implementation of the Paris convention on global warming”.
Trump has announced plans to undo climate policies and promote domestic energy development as part of his “America First” agenda.
The two leaders also discussed relations with Russia, with Hollande stressing “his wish to pursue and intensify dialogue on all subjects,” while adding that the Western sanctions in place against Moscow over the situation in Ukraine should not be lifted.
Hollande and Trump “agreed to continue with their discussions on essential issues,” according to the Elysee.
At a gathering of southern European Union leaders in Lisbon Saturday Hollande urged Europe to form a united front and provide a “firm” response to Trump.


French president’s ex girlfriend says she has been sacked by magazine

Valerie Trierweiler, the ex-girlfriend of former French president François Hollande, said on Thursday that she had been sacked by Paris Match magazine.

French president's ex girlfriend says she has been sacked by magazine
Valerie Trierweiler wrote a tell-all book about the former president's affair. Photo: AFP

The journalist took revenge on Hollande for spurning her for actress Julie Gayet with a sensational 2014 kiss-and-tell memoir called Thank You for This Moment, which all but sank Hollande's presidency.

The book became an instant bestseller, and Hollande, a Socialist, never lived down his alleged references to the “toothless” poor.

Trierweiler, 55, had worked for the glossy weekly as a political correspondent, interviewer and columnist for three decades.


“I discovered in the middle of my summer holidays in an extremely brutal way that I have been sacked from Paris Match after 30 years,” Trierweiler said on Twitter.

“This sacking was for no reason and has left me shocked and astonished,” she added.

Trierweiler was famously admitted to hospital after Hollande's affair was revealed by paparazzi images of his nightly visits by scooter to Gayet's apartment.

The politician had tried to portray himself as a safe pair of hands “Mr Normal” in contrast to his mercurial predecessor, Nicolas Sarkozy.

As well as spending most of her career at Paris Match, Trierweiler also interviews politicians for the French television channel Direct 8.