Oil-rich countries Saudi Arabia and the UAE cannot radically increase crude production anytime soon, French President Emmanuel Macron was overheard saying to his US counterpart Joe Biden on Monday.

The leaders were contemplating how to curb Russia’s oil revenue without triggering more energy price increases.

The brief conversation between Macron and Biden was filmed by reporters on the sidelines of the Group of Seven (G7) summit in southern Germany.

NATO is the biggest threat to global peace since it is pushing the European Union toward confrontation with Russia and China and is seeking to destroy the "buffer zone" by forcing neutral states to take sides in this confrontation, a French member of the European Parliament told TASS on Monday.

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French politician and far-right National Rally candidate for the 2022 general election, Jean-Michel Cadenas, has criticized the Ukrainian military for abandoning two Paris-originated Caesar self-propelled howitzers on the battlefield. Cadenas also blasted French President Emmanuel Macron for sending them in the first place.

French President Emmanuel Macron addressed the nation for the first time on Wednesday since his centrist coalition lost control of parliament in Sunday elections. "We must learn to govern and legislate differently," Macron acknowledged in his first public comments following the election setback.

The president said the opposition was ready to work with him on "major" issues and promised measures on inflation, climate change and unemployment sometime this summer.

He went on to call on legislative groups to be clear in indicating "how far they are ready to go".

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The French Armed Forces conducted Operation THUNDER LYNX, a force projection operation towards Estonia.

About a hundred paratroopers from the French 11th Airborne Brigade were deployed by an A-400M transport aircraft above the Estonian territory, to be dropped over a zone held by Estonian soldiers. This airdropping was followed by a joint tactical training maneuver between French and Estonian units.

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The French conservative group Les Republicains on Monday ruled out forming a coalition or agreeing a cooperation pact with President Emmanuel Macron's centrist camp following inconclusive legislative elections at the weekend.

"This position is almost unanimous", its leader Christian Jacob told journalists.

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French President Emmanuel Macron was projected to suffer a "stunning blow" as Le Monde put it, by losing his absolute majority after major election gains by a newly formed left-wing alliance and a historic breakthrough for the far right, crippling his hopes of major reform in his second term.