Speaking at the French Ambassador’s annual meeting in Paris, Macron fought for a strong Europe.
In view of the crisis in relation to the US, the French President stressed the need for a strong EU.
The opposition is banking on an anti-macron course. The Left accuse Macron of subordinating itself to European issues in European policy issues.
By Nadia Pantel, Paris
After three rather quiet weeks in the Mediterranean, French President Emmanuel Macron returned from vacation, and one can say: he is quite the old man. On Sunday he had left it to his Prime Minister Édouard Philippe to convey the uncomfortable news of further cuts in social spending. Inflation is rising, but not pension, child and housing money. And while annoying seniors appeared on breakfast television on Monday, Macron turned out to be the big foreign policy litter. It is precisely the division of labor that the President has declared from the outset to be the principle of his policy: The Government is taking care of the concrete implementation of its program, it keeps out of everyday business and dictates the major lines.
In his speech at the annual meeting of the French ambassadors in Paris, Macron fought for a strong Europe, peace in Syria and global guidelines for environmental protection. So exactly the topics, with which Macron so far met with reliable approval in Germany and abroad. In his speech, the French President confessed the principle of multilateralism and the further deepening of the European Union. At the same time, he realized that these very ideas are becoming increasingly unpopular. “Multilateralism is being questioned by key players, so will we have to stretch our weapons?” He left no doubt that these “key players” are US President Donald Trump.
Macron stresses the need for a strong EU
In view of the crisis in relation to the US, France’s president emphasized the need for a strong EU: “Do China and the US believe that Europe is as powerful as they are?” That is not the case to re-establish a humanistic Europe. ” As one of the ideals for which Europe and France stood, the president called equality between the sexes, for which further struggles must be fought. On defense issues, Macron said that Europe must be able to defend its security. One could no longer leave this task to the US.
With regard to Syria, the President warned of an “alarming situation”. The regime of Bashar al-Assad is about to trigger a new humanitarian crisis in the Idlib region. “That means we need to increase the pressure on the regime and its allies.” France expects support from Russia and Turkey to reach a political solution to the conflict. Macron called Daesh, the terrorist militia Islamic state, his “first enemy”; However, this does not mean that the planned actions of Assad against the Islamist rebels in Idlib not a “fatal error” is still.
For one and a half hours, Macron addressed the assembled ambassadors, leaving no doubt that he wanted to be considered a president who wants to give France more weight on an international stage than before: “We must further strengthen France’s influence.” And so he explained global challenges such as the fight against nationalism and even the ecological “fight for the planet” as central themes of his tenure.
The opposition positions itself
As belligerent as Macron was on Monday, the opposition had shown its strength at the weekend. At the end of the summer holidays, France’s parties position themselves for the resumption of political activity. Particularly vociferous this year was Jean-Luc Mélenchon with his left France Insoumise, the indomitable France, attention. During a four-day party meeting in Marseille, Mélenchon not only gathered left-wing forces, but also invited conservative speakers to face the common enemy: President Macron.
Speaking to his supporters, Mélenchon said he would turn the European elections in May 2019 into an “anti-Macron referendum”. “We invite the French to give him a rubdown.” Mélenchon talked about environmental protection for a long time and said that one can not have ecological convictions and be “for European austerity and for NATO and for the war”. Mélenchon accuses Macron of submitting to Europe on European issues. Last week, he said Macron defended a “Europe à la sauce Merkel”.
The Republicans put on Sunday on an anti-Macron course. In a speech on Sunday, party leader Laurent Wauquiez said that one need not “make illusions about macronism” anymore, the president’s policy is “unfair”. Wauquiez declared himself a “defender of the pensioners”. Otherwise, he remained true to his line of the past year: he chose words that could also use the right-wing Marine le Pen. “Mass immigration has become a cultural threat to European civilization.” Unlike Mélenchon, Wauquiez has no firm backing in his party. The rumbling, sometimes vulgar tone of its chairman is controversial among Republicans. Many want a more moderate, bourgeois policy.