The blossoming bromance that once seemed to occur between US President Trump and French President Macron seems dead and buried after the latter’s Secretary of State blasted the US President for critical tweets over the weekend.
Paris wants US President Donald Trump not to interfere with the domestic policies of France. This is what Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Sunday in the French press.
In particular, this Saturday the American head of state has tweeted for the second time in a week about the (violent) protest of the "yellow vests" in France. He associated a "very sad day and night for France" directly to the ‘Paris Agreement on Climate Change.’
At that moment, US President Trump stated: “The Paris Agreement isn’t working out so well for Paris. Protests and riots all over France. People do not want to pay large sums of money, much to third world countries (that are questionably run), in order to maybe protect the environment. Chanting “We Want Trump!” Love France.”
He then followed up a few hours later with: “Very sad day & night in Paris. Maybe it’s time to end the ridiculous and extremely expensive Paris Agreement and return money back to the people in the form of lower taxes? The U.S. was way ahead of the curve on that and the only major country where emissions went down last year!”
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This was clearly not received well by the French government. Via its Minister of Foreign Affairs (Secretary of State) Mr Jean-Yves Le Drian, the White House was urged in pretty harsh terms to refrain from interference in the domestic policy of France.
Minister Le Drian said: “The yellow vest demonstration was not protesting in English, as far as I know. I say to Donald Trump, and the President of the Republic tells him too: we do not take part in American debates, let us live our life in our country.”
He furthermore reminded the French public that most Americans disagreed with US President Trump over his decision to walk away from the 2015 Paris climate agreement.
Mr. Le Drian furthermore stated he was "worried" about democracy and institutions in France when he heard a certain number of statements made by members of the opposition parties which explicitly referred to calls for "uprising" and “revolution”.
French President Macron is expected to address the worries of the protesters in the days to come. It remains an open question whether this will stop them from continuing their disapproval of his government though.
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