ER Editor: Curiously, this account of Macron’s ridiculed presence and heckled speech says nothing about anyone criticizing the absolute tyranny that he has been busily imposing on his own people.
Emmanuel Macron’s speech to the European Parliament heckled and heavily criticised
On 1 January 2022, France took over the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union for a period of six months. Today, Emmanuel Macron went to Strasbourg to give his inaugural speech to MEPs. He made a strong impression, to say the least.
The French president was booed as soon as he arrived
“Climate, climate, Macron guilty!” shouted environmental activists as Emmanuel Macron walked alongside Roberta Metsola, the new president of the Parliament.
Translation: Emmanuel Macron booed as he arrives at the European Parliament
ER: You don’t need French to appreciate this video!
Emmanuel Macron hué lors de son arrivée au Parlement européen pic.twitter.com/gtMv2pLRzu
— CNEWS (@CNEWS) January 19, 2022
Yannick Jadot, the EELV candidate, took the offensive, calling Emmanuel Macron the “president of climate inaction”. “It is not enough to proclaim oneself pro-European to serve Europe,” he added. A few minutes later, the French president said in his speech that it was necessary to “move from intentions to actions”. With only three months to go before the presidential election, this is ambitious.
A remarkable speech…
Emmanuel Macron had thirty minutes to present his vision of Europe to his audience. What he said in a few words:
“Democracy: give the European Parliament a right of legislative initiative;
Climate: legislate against imported deforestation / apply a carbon tax at borders;
Employment: reduce gender inequality / guarantee a minimum wage / invest in digital technology;
Security: reforming the Schengen area / developing a “rapid reaction force” to protect external borders / creating a “new security order” in Europe with NATO to counter Russia;
International relations: EU-Africa summit in February / being “firm” with the UK.
“Our generations have to re-found our Europe. We have to give ourselves the means to make Europe a power for the future, for balance”, he ended by declaring.
Criticism was rife after the speech. Jordan Bardella, MEP and president of the Rassemblement National (ER: Marine Le Pen’s party), sent a clear message that he shared on the networks: “Mr Macron, your Europe has become Washington’s backyard, Beijing’s prey, Erdogan’s doormat and Africa’s hotel. All that will remain of your mandate is cynicism and contempt: for France as for Europe, it is vital that it remains unique.”
For their part, MEPs Manuel Bompard and Manon Aubry, both from La France Insoumise, distinguished themselves with speeches that were as short as they were forceful:
Translation: President of sovereignty, climate and freedom? Mr #Macron, nobody is fooled by your promises. Fortunately, in 3 months, the French can rid Europe of them. Let’s count on them to allow you, in turn, to take a holiday in Ibiza!
Président de la souveraineté, du climat et des libertés ? M. #Macron, personne n’est dupe de vos promesses. Heureusement dans 3 mois, les Français peuvent en débarrasser l’Europe. Comptons sur eux pour vous permettre, à votre tour, de prendre des vacances à Ibiza ! #MacronMenteur pic.twitter.com/ovbeKmeB7B
— Manuel Bompard (@mbompard) January 19, 2022
Not everyone stayed until the end
Some time later, when he was supposed to answer MEPs’ questions at a press conference, Emmanuel Macron preferred to continue with the statements, refusing the questions. The reaction of the journalists present was immediate: they left the room.
Translation: Macron’s coronation as Emperor of Europe got off to a good start as European journalists left the room to protest against his decision to limit himself to a 4-minute monologue instead of answering their questions as planned…
Le sacre de Macron empereur de l’Europe commence bien puisque les journalistes européens ont quitté la salle pour protester contre sa décision de se contenter d’un monologue de 4 minutes au lieu de répondre à leurs questions comme prévu…#MacronMenteur pic.twitter.com/xBAjG8LJYH
— Marcel (@realmarcel1) January 19, 2022
The French president was counting on capitalising on this six-month presidency, with a view to his probable re-election bid: this decried performance illustrates his positions and postures, and the strong criticisms they arouse. Will he keep this horizon for the election, or will he descend into the French arena for his presidential campaign?
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