Two men arrested near Macrons’ holiday home over suspicious behaviour

Two drunken men were arrested near the holiday home of French President Emmanuel Macron overnight after their suspicious behaviour caught the attention of security forces, police said Thursday.

Two men arrested near Macrons' holiday home over suspicious behaviour
The Macrons in front of their home at Le Touquet. Photo: AFP
The men drove their car several times in front of the home in Le Touquet on France's northern coast and were also seen nearly knocking over pedestrians.
Police arrested the pair at around 3:00 am (0100 GMT), finding them to be drunk, a police source told AFP on condition of anonymity.
“They were maybe driving past because there is the (Macron) house, but we don't know yet,” said a the police source. 
The Macrons' holiday home, a family property inherited by Macron's wife Brigitte, is in the centre of the popular seaside resort, posing difficulties for French security forces.
Local shopkeepers have complained that the heavy police presence when the couple visits restricts access to the area around their house.
Macron and Brigitte were returning from Washington on Thursday after a three-day state visit to the United States.

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Macron to make live TV broadcast to France

French president Emmanuel Macron will make a live TV broadcast to the nation about the war in Ukraine.

Macron to make live TV broadcast to France

Macron will be on TV on Wednesday at 8pm, the Elysée confirmed earlier on Wednesday.

Macron also tweeted the announcement, saying that his speech will be on the subject of the war in Ukraine.

His office added that the president’s speech “will not touch on other matters” – Macron has only until Friday to confirm whether or not he is running for re-election.

It is widely considered to be extremely unlikely that he would not stand in the April elections, but all candidates have until Friday, March 4th, to make their declaration.

Macron’s team had previously announced a rally in Marseille on Saturday, March 5th, which was expected to be the first official campaign event, but on Tuesday this was cancelled because of the ongoing international crisis.

Macron was at the forefront of international efforts to find a diplomatic resolution to the crisis, and since Russia invaded Ukraine he has remained in close contact with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, and has also spoken – at the request of Zelensky – to Russian premier Vladimir Putin.

The Local will be following Macron’s speech live from 8pm HERE.