Published: Sun, November 18, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Macron takes a valiant stand against rising nationalism

Macron takes a valiant stand against rising nationalism

After being invited to Paris to attend the Bastille Day military parade in July past year and receiving Macron and his wife for a state visit in Washington in January, Trump had praised Macron as a "great guy" and "a friend of mine".

He said he wanted to reduce Europe's dependence on the United States and U.S. weapons for its own security.

Standing next to US President Donald Trump, French head of state publicly denounced nationalism during the World War I Armistice Day commemoration, calling it a "betrayal of patriotism".

When asked by a reporter about the tweets, Macron said, "At each important moment in our history we have been allies, and between allies there is respect and I do not want to hear the rest".

He dismissed Trump's comments as an attempt to drum up support after Republican losses in the midterm elections, telling TF1 television according to Reuters: "I think he's playing politics, and I let him play American politics".

"Diplomacy is not made through tweets but through bilateral discussions", Macron said during Wednesday's weekly Cabinet meeting in comments reported by Griveaux.

The Elysée Palace scrambled to quell the controversy, saying Mr Trump's rebuke had been founded on a "misunderstanding" and that Mr Macron had been referring to computer hackers who could attack Europe from anywhere, including from inside the US. But it was Germany in both World Wars - How did it go for France?

In other message, he wrote: "The problem is that Emmanuel suffers from a very low Approval Rating in France, 26 percent, and an unemployment rate of nearly 10 percent".

This, for Trump, was the reason Macron defended multilateralism beneath the Arc de Triomphe in a solemn remembrance ceremony: "He was just trying to get onto another subject". In a radio interview last week, Macron called for the establishment of an European Union that can defend the continent "without relying only on the United States".

"We are going to carry out very concrete operations with the Americans", he said, citing the "perfect co-ordination and excellent execution" of a joint operation with the United States and UK in Syria last April. They were starting to learn German in Paris before the USA came along.

At a recent campaign-style rally, Trump described himself as a "nationalist", the first time he has done so since taking office. Doing this in front of more than 60 world leaders, including US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, with a speech that was broadcast live around the world, was his war cry to stop the bandwagon of nationalism before it is too late. "Very insulting, but perhaps Europe should first pay its fair share of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, which the USA subsidizes greatly!"

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has seconded Mr Macron's proposal.

Government spokesperson Benjamin Griveaux said on Wednesday: "We were commemorating the assassination of 130 of our compatriots three years ago in Paris and Saint-Denis, and so I will reply in English: "Common decency" would have been appropriate".

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