“Relance, power, membership ”: Emmanuel Macron thus described Monday evening the three axes of the French presidency of the EU, during a debate for the 25 years of the Jacques Delors Institute, before his press conference on this subject Thursday. After citing “the need for recovery in response to the crisis”, the Head of State defended at length “the need to assume this Europe and to say it always ours”, stressing that “this feeling of belonging is ‘is etiolated’ in France as in other EU countries. “No one is unaware of the public debate in our country at the moment”, he continued in front of the members of the institute gathered at the Odeon-Theater of Europe, “when the things get difficult, one says it” is Europe’s fault ”.
As for the need for power, he called for consolidating “a Europe which will be able to make its own choices, military, technological, cultural, of values”. “We have provincial debates, where the real subjects are to know what we want to become in relation to the Chinese model, to the American model”.
“You are vaccinated with the best vaccines in the world only because you are European”
“The vaccination of Europeans is the best example of the effectiveness of Europe”, he insisted. “Be nationalists, you Hungarians, be Polish or French nationalists, you would not be vaccinated, or imperfectly. Maybe you would have had your Russian friends to give you the Sputnik (vaccine) which is still not approved by the WHO? Good luck ! », He quipped. “You are only vaccinated with the best vaccines in the world because you are European. “
On the other hand, “Europe which comes to explain to people what should be the words to say or not to say is not a Europe to which I fully adhere, it is a bit of rubbish”, a- he said, and this “feeds a feeling of disintegration” of European cultures. An allusion to a draft of instructions for European officials recommending them to ban expressions such as “Christmas period” or “Ladies and Gentlemen” in favor of neutral terms. The Commission gave up after the start of a controversy.