On Wednesday, French President Emmanuel Macron came to the European Parliament in Strasbourg to sell France’s vision for its six-month presidency of the EU.
Instead, he had to face harsh criticism from French MEPs, the most cutting of whom was Jordan Bardella from presidential candidate Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Rally party.
Macron, he claimed, had turned Europe into “the backyard of Washington,” “the prey of Beijing,” “Erdogan’s doormat,”And “Africa’s hotel.”
“Mr. President of the Republic, how can you claim that you are reuniting Europe when you have been dividing France until the end?”Bardella asked the question, and said that in April the French Presidential Election would determine the EU’s future.
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“For France and for Europe, it is essential that your term remains a single term,”He stated.
The far-right MEP didn’t stop there, claiming that the nations of Europe don’t want to be “dissolved, replaced or submerged”Under his supervision.
Roberta Metsola, President of the European Parliament was obliged to intervene: “This is not a national debate.”
But others took aim at Macron as well. MEP Yannick Jadot, who is running as the Greens’ candidate in the presidential election, accused Macron of “climate inaccuracy,” while MEP Manon Aubry, co-leader of the parliament’s The Left group, claimed the president’s European achievements were based on “arrogance.”
Macron, who has defended himself from the torrent of criticisms, is likely to run for re-election. However, he has yet to submit his name.
He is currently leading the French polls. However, he could face fierce competition from the far right. The French presidential election will take place during the country’s six-month EU Council presidency.
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