Emmanuel Macron reached out to Germany to establish a common price floor for carbon dioxide emitted by power utilities as the French president seeks to strengthen his alliance with Angela Merkel after the USA made a decision to exit the Paris climate accord, according to people familiar with the matter. The U.S. joined only two countries from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) who did not sign on to the agreement: Syria and Nicaragua.
French President Emmanuel Macron's party heads into the first round of parliamentary elections on Sunday looking set to win the majority he needs to push through his ambitious reforms.
France's President Emmanuel Macron, left, and his wife Brigitte stand on the door step after a meeting with the President of Guatemala Jimmy Morales, at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, Thursday, June 8, 2017. "France wants to lead the fight against climate change and we want to attract people who share that aspiration".
The launch of the website - www.makeourplanetgreatagain.fr - follows Mr Macron's pledge to strengthen France's climate targets in response to President Donald Trump's announcement that the United States was quitting the Paris Agreement.
The website also touts France's science and technology sectors, in an apparent sales pitch to American scientists.
It also highlights the country's existing strengths in climate modelling, earth observation, advanced solar PV and energy storage solutions, as well as French academic institutions such as La Sorbonne and Paris-Saclay. And the name of the new website? "We are ONE planet and together we can make a difference".
"But today it's very clear: we have to give the government a chance so that they can work for France".
"You will be able to stay in France at least for the duration of the grant, and longer if you are granted a permanent position", the site explains.