May 24, 2022

Emmanuel Macron wants to play the European card

Emmanuel Macron was 30 years old during the last French presidency of the European Union (EU), in 2008. The young Rothschild banker then observed Nicolas Sarkozy from a distance running around the world to settle crises – Georgian and financial -, which earned the head of state at the time the praise of public opinion. For a semester, Europe seemed to have found a telephone number. A sufficiently tenacious memory in France to put pressure on his successor, thirteen and a half years later.

Mr. Macron is due to speak to the European Parliament on Wednesday January 19 to mark the start of the French presidency of the Council of the European Union (PFUE). According to his entourage, the President of the Republic does not intend to declaim a general policy speech, which would see him detail, once again, the program for this first half of 2022. Rather offer, it is said, a “orientation and vision discourse”. In other words, of incarnation.

Europe, a “compass”

The challenge for the Head of State is to manage to make visible a role that is often technical and thankless. An objective ” complicated “, agrees the former Minister for European Affairs Nathalie Loiseau, but at the same time necessary in view of the presidential election on April 10 and 24. If 57% of French people do not believe that this “PFUE” will manage to move the lines, reports a Harris Interactive poll from November 2021, they are 54%, according to the same survey, to have a good opinion of the EU. A base on which Emmanuel Macron intends to prosper.

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“He is the one who articulates in the most radical way the need to rely on Europe to strengthen France, notes the former environmentalist MEP Daniel Cohn-Bendit, who supports him. This differentiates it from other political forces. » An essential piece of data for any self-respecting candidate. “Europe has been the compass of our commitment since 2017”, adds MEP Valérie Hayer (Renew).

To accompany the speech of the Head of State, the troops of La République en Marche (LRM) have posted nearly 80,000 posters, crossed out with the slogan “Changing Europe to advance France”, with, in the background, a photo of the European flag which flew under the Arc de Triomphe on 1is January. Far-right presidential candidates Marine Le Pen and Eric Zemmour then denounced a « provocation » and one « outrage » of Emmanuel Macron, when that of the Les Républicains (LR) party, Valérie Pécresse, was worried about an initiative coming from “erasing French identity”.

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