As it is the end of August, the French are coming back from their traditional months of vacation time (the French usually take two or three weeks in July and August), a period where the people prepare for school, work and public office called ‘la rentrée’ or ‘the return.’
It is also traditional that the political parties give speeches outlining their ideas for the period ahead which yesterday saw one of the centre-right parties take a hard swing right (see our related coverage). The last one to speak is always the French President.
Related coverage: <a href="https://thegoldwater.com/news/35244-France-Chairman-Les-R-publicains-Shocks-Mass-Immigration-Threatens-European-Civilization"> France – Chairman Les Républicains Shocks ‘Mass Immigration Threatens European Civilization’</a>.
And thus President Emmanuel Macron laid out the plans for his second year in office, slamming many of his European colleagues and the US President in the process as he aims for the centrist voters (France faces elections in the spring of next year).
<b>On Salvini and Orban</b>
Mr Macron took a swipe at Italy’s Matteo Salvini (the de facto leader of his eastern neighbor) and Hungary’s Viktor Orban, whom he both accused of being willing to accept funds from the EU but not migrants, stating: "Italy is opposed to a Europe that doesn't show solidarity in terms of migration but is in favour of a Europe when it comes to structural funds.”
The Italian press reacted with anger given the Genoa bridge disaster which left 40 dead.
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Mr Macron then took a swipe at the Eastern European leader, Mr Orban, stating: “Viktor Orban's Hungary has never been against the Europe of the structural funds and the common agricultural policy, but against Europe when it comes to making great speeches about Christianity.“
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“There is a clear voice of European opportunism and claimed nationalism."
<b>On Donald Trump</b>
Echoing the words spoken by Chancellor Ms Angela Merkel last year, Mr Macron stated that “Europe can no longer rely on the United States for its security,” in what he called a “crisis moment” for European politics and global multilateralism. “It is up to us to guarantee European security.”
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“The partner with whom Europe built the new post-world war order appears to be turning its back on this shared history.”
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