December 3, 2021

Barnier keen to run against Macron in French election

Michel Barnier, the EU’s former Brexit negotiator, has stated he needs to run in subsequent yr’s French presidential elections.

“In these grave times, I have taken the decision and have the determination to stand … and be the president of a France that is reconciled, to respect the French and have France respected,” he stated in an interview on France’s TV1 broadcaster on Thursday (26 August).

The 70-year outdated, centre-right politician, took goal at president Emmanuel Macron’s elitist picture, saying France’s wanted a pacesetter with “strength, vision, but also humility”.

“The president must lead, bring people, set a path towards the horizon, but he cannot do everything on his own,” Barnier stated.

He additionally promised to be powerful on immigration and to reform EU paperwork, in an atmosphere in which the xenophobic and eurosceptic far-right candidate, Marine Le Pen, is second place behind Macron in opinion polls.

Barnier pledged to “restore the authority of the state” and to “limit and take control of immigration” with a five-year ban on letting in new folks.

He stated he would “decarbonise the economy”.

And he stated that his “extraordinary” expertise as Brexit negotiator meant that he knew how to work “with the heads of state and government [in the EU] to preserve the unity of all the European countries”.

“We are in demanding times. The world around us is dangerous, unstable, fragile. Our country is doing badly,” Barnier additionally stated in French newspaper Le Figaro on Friday.

Barnier’s centre-right Les Republicans (LR) get together has not but chosen its candidate for subsequent yr’s vote or if it’s going to maintain a major to achieve this.

The get together’s Xavier Bertrand, Valerie Pécresse, Bruno Retailleau, and Laurent Wauquiez had additionally signalled their curiosity in working, however Wauquiez stated, additionally on Thursday, that he was bowing out of the race.

A current ballot by Challenges, a monetary weekly, stated Bertrand would win 16 % of the vote if he ran for president whereas Pécresse would get 13 %.

The ballot stated Macron and Le Pen would get 24 % every in the primary spherical, however Macron would defeat Le Pen by 55 % against 45 % in the run-off.

“With his [Barnier’s] European experience, he is in the best position to see the flaws in the system. We can be pro-European and defend France,” Brigitte Kuster, an LR MP advised French newspaper Le Monde on Friday.

“He [Barnier] has the ability to unite and appease a fractured country. Like Joe Biden in the United States, he has the experience, the height of vision and the international stature that one expects from a French president,” Daniel Fasquelle, an LR mayor in the city of Touquet-Paris-Plage in northern France additionally stated.

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