The young people debated on the issue of France’s relations with the European Union and its place in the EU.
“Respecting national sovereignty also means not obeying any supranational authority such as NATO or the European Union.” This is how Samy opens the debate on the question of France’s relations with the European Union and its place in the EU.
A position that is ultimately not widely shared by the debaters, overwhelmingly Europhiles. Otherwise by Gilles and Marc. According to the first, “Identity is what makes us French, it is what makes a nation. France is an important power in the world, the eighth. And without Europe, it is not nothing. “
“The Head of State must defend French sovereignty”
And Marc to also display a resolutely sovereignist line: “This is why the Head of State must defend French sovereignty, both industrially and economically, militarily, security or judicially.”
Of course, Raphaël’s ecological fiber makes him regret that “Europe is now ultra-liberal and this is a real problem for our environment”. But no other reservations about the EU are then heard.
“France, alone, is nothing compared to the United States or China”
Flavio retorts as well as “France, alone, is nothing compared to the United States or China”. Eva agrees, believing that “It is a need to be integrated into the EU, which constitutes a very important economic grouping capable of standing up to China and the United States. On the other hand, there are improvements to be found on the political level. the populist excesses in Hungary or Poland do not give a positive dynamic. “
Félix approves: “There are issues that go beyond the scale of France so much that we cannot afford to go it alone. Especially since no country today can do without the European market.”
Many of them wanted to leave Europe in 2017. Today, we no longer hear anyone claiming it.
Lucas, after having recognized that “Europe is of course necessary on many points to be able to act”, thinks that France must raise its ambitions in the European concert: “France must position itself as the leading European country. It has the capabilities.”
Pro-European also, Kérian supports unequivocally: “Europe is essential. In 2017, there were many who wanted to leave it. Today we no longer hear anyone claiming it. During the pandemic, Europe has shown its importance and its usefulness. The recovery plan , for example, at the scale of France, has allowed us to have the growth we know today, and to experience an economic rebound. “
And Theo concludes by expressing the almost general feeling: “Any withdrawal of France from Europe would be fatal and catastrophic.”