Brigitte Macron is set to take legal action over an internet conspiracy theory that she is a transgender woman and was born male.The French first lady has been targeted on social media with the false claims, after they were published on a far-right website in September then circulated by conspiracy theorists.
France announced the signing Friday of a 16 billion-euro ($18 billion) armaments mega-contract for the sale of 80 of its Rafale warplanes to the United Arab Emirates. The French Defense Ministry said the deal was France’s largest-ever weapons contract for export. It came as French President Emmanuel Macron is in the Emirates on the first stop of a two-day visit to the Persian Gulf. There was no immediate confirmation of the deal from Emirati officials.
Prime Minister Najib Mikati said Tuesday he was working to ensure the success of negotiations with the International Monetary Fund as an essential move to rescue Lebanon from an unprecedented economic meltdown. He also affirmed the government’s commitment to hold next year’s parliamentary elections on time, dispelling fears of any postponement or an extension of Parliament’s term as had happened in the past.