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May 18, 2017
On Sunday, May 14, 2017, Emmanuel Macron assumed office and officially became the President of France. Abbas photographed outgoing President François Hollande leaving the Élysée Palace and passing on the Presidency to his protégé, Macron.

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Feb 24, 2017
French presidential elections will take place on April 23 and May 7. They are already proving very dramatic with the withdrawing of the incumbent president François Hollande from the race and the elimination of his previous Prime Minister Manuel Valls in the primaries of the Left. Two front runners Ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy and Ex-Prime Minister Alain Juppe were also eliminated in the primaries... More...
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Dec 22, 2016
The Academie Francaise is the most prestigious council pertaining to all aspects of the French language. It is limited to 40 lifetime members which vote on candidates whenever a seat becomes open.
Author Andrei Makine was born in Siberia, Russia but writes in French. On December 15, 2016 he was officially accepted in the academy. Magnum photographer Abbas was present to document the ceremony. More...
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Dec 15, 2016
The aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, deployed since September 2016 off the Syrian coast, has concluded its present campaign for the battle against jihadists in Iraq and Syria and is now heading to its base in Toulon. Its squadron of 24 Marine Rafale jets was supporting the international coalition against Daesh (Islamic State) through airstrikes and reconnaissance missions with its two Hawkeye radar... More...
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Nov 30, 2016
On the eve of Yom Kippur, the day of atonement for the Jews, takes place the ritual of Kapparot: to collect the year’s sins, a rooster is held above the head of the celebrant, who reads a special prayer, sometimes on a smartphone. The hen is slaughtered and its meat given to the needy and the poor as an act of charity.

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