The Latest: France's Macron not worried about Trump

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Posted: Oct 15, 2017 4:07 PM
The Latest: France's Macron not worried about Trump

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on France President Emmanuel Macron's first national television interview (all times local):

9:50 p.m.

French President Emmanuel Macron is criticizing U.S. President Donald Trump's hard-line position on Iran but says he doesn't find Trump dangerous or worrying.

Macron said in a national television interview on Sunday that he urged Trump not to "tear up" the international accord that curbed Iranian nuclear activities in exchange for resumed trade.

Trump stopped short of pulling out of the nuclear deal in a speech Friday, but accused Iran of violating the accord and held open the possibility of a U.S. withdrawal.

Macron says he told Trump his hardened policy toward Iran is a "bad method." The French leader pledged his support for the nuclear accord and says he plans to visit Iran soon.

Asked if he was concerned about Trump's erratic leadership and its impact on international affairs, Macron insisted that he's not worried and that "The U.S. is our ally."

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9:45 p.m.

French President Emmanuel Macron has given his first national television interview since his election as he tries to win back public support.

Macron appeared both combative and defensive while pressing his vision for an "economic transformation" of a stagnant France in the Sunday interview on TF1 television.

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He defended his use of the term "lazy" to describe people resistant to the kind of labor reform he is carrying out and insisted he wants to make France more "effective."

The president says he is trying to improve the lot of French workers who are losing out in the 21st century.

Macron's poll numbers tumbled over the summer amid anger at laws ending some of France's renowned worker protections and his clumsy handling of internal politics.