November 7, 2020

RATHER, TRUMPISM IS FRENCH:

Emmanuel Macron's Trumpian transformation (John Keiger, November 7, 2020, The Spectator)

He started as a globalist, a multilateralist, a Europeanist, who scorned those, like Trump or Brexiteers, who sought to defend their nation's sovereignty and interests. But progressively his discourse and his policies -- while wearing the clothes of multilateralism - have in practice promoted the nation state, partly as a result of COVID, partly financial necessity, partly Islamist terrorism. The turn began a year -- and-a-half ago, when in a speech to French ambassadors he acknowledged a certain debt to Brexiteers for highlighting the term 'Take back control'. He badged it as a way forward for Europe against globalism. Now it has ratcheted down a notch to the nation state.

Macron's retreat into the Trumpian promotion of the nation state continues unabated. Whether it be PPE, repatriating French overseas industry, buying French products, taking French holidays and, little by little, curbing immigration, the nation state and national sovereignty loom ever larger in Macron's policies. Given that the last two terror attacks were by recent migrants from Chechnya and Tunisia, only yesterday he was at the Franco-Spanish border town of Le Perthus explaining in Schengen shredding mode that France's borders would be reinforced against illegal immigration and terrorism by doubling border guard numbers to 4,800. How much he must regret the new EU policy requiring member states to take a proportionate share of all immigrants who enter Europe, forcing France to take far more than hitherto.

They particularly share the Islamophobia of the secularist.

Posted by at November 7, 2020 1:15 PM

  

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