The French President Emmanuel Macron stood at the Arc of Triumph last month and defied President Donald Trump's "America First"…
The French President Emmanuel Macron stood at the Arc of Triumph last month and defied President Donald Trump’s “America First” Policy at a ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.
It was a move that, through all accounts, dirty Trump.
Trump went home from Paris and became popular with the broad perception that he had let him down to honor the fallen soldiers and fumble on Macron on Twitter.
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But three weeks later protesters argued Arcen in central Paris in a massive violent insurgency that saw the monument defaced with the slogan which requires Macron’s departure and leaves the statue of Marianne, the symbol of the French Revolution, with his face broken.
“Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism. Nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism. By saying our interests first, who cares about the others, we erase what a nation loves, what makes it life, what makes good and important: its moral values, Macron said on November 1
His remarks were generally regarded as a blow to the face of Trump. But they fell on deaf ears, even among his own compatriots.
France subclasses and middle classes in the intervening weeks launched a massive mobilization that saw 36,000 marchering in colors on the street.
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The French who knew us who knew Macron had not put their interests first appeared with yellow vests with high visibility to protest against their president’s tax on diesel fuel , a move aimed at making the country’s economy more green.
While Macron may have tried to improve the masses of all French people by building a green economy that can attract moral investment from around the world, the tax rate will increase directly the suburbs and rural working class. In return, it gives only theoretical, roundabout road to their long-term profit.
Macron’s high-righteous rhetoric fell flat among these workers, and after the destruction of the bow Macron made the first major reversal of his presidency and resigned the tax search, struck by protests that he initially dismissed.
But the U-turn of Macron was not enough, and the yellow wests, as they have become known, have planned more protests for the coming weekend.
All work theories of international relations understand that nations and actors put their own interests first.
Trump proud trumpeter “America First,” Macron said in essence that he is more interested in signaling his country’s moral values than promoting the interests of the citizen.
Today, Macron’s approval class stands at approximately 23%, while Trump doubles it by approximately 46%.
Macron has positioned itself as the enemy of nationalist leaders who travel across Europe, but leaders such as Hungary’s refugee Viktor Orban and Italy’s Matteo Salvini are more popular than him in their respective countries.
Although Trump has often collapsed with European leaders over its unilateral decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on Climate Change or the Iran Agreement in the name of American interests, Europe’s unity and leadership have weakened terribly.
Macron’s Colonel, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, also lost the recent elections and will soon end his 13-year reign.
In a speech to Europe’s leadership in Brussels, Trump’s Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo blasted multinational multilateral institutions like the UN and the EU as ineffective, without addressing the concerns of the people.
Pompeo urged “noble nations” around the world to put their interests first and “reform or eliminate” multinational bodies that do not function as intended.
Pompeo pointed to China and Russia disregarding treaties and claiming their national testimony as evidence that the unemocratic countries harvested the benefits of the liberal world order, while Europe failed to act.
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On Twitter, Trump drew Macron who only now realized that It was untenable to impose on workers the costs of paying a big vision of global change.
While moral champion in politics may have celebrated Macron’s contradiction of Trump’s “America First” policy, often regarded as inhuman and turning away from the United States widely published values of compassion and openness, the massive mobilization of the Yellow Wests and the fall of liberal leaders throughout Europe can give Trump the last laugh.