After an alarming poll that stated, “Without France, the EU would not be as advanced,” VDL is scrambling to gain French support.
URSULA von der Leyen is working to shore up support for the European Union among French voters, after a poll revealed that 58 percent of them want the bloc to disband.
Ursula von der Leyen, the President of the European Commission, has lavished praise on France, despite growing concerns in Brussels that the idea of a larger European federation is alienating French voters.
After a poll commissioned by Le Journal du Dimanche and released on December 25, the majority of those polled called for the EU to be dismantled. Ms Von der Leyen has emphasized the importance of France within the EU.
“It is a good thing and important that the French presidency has chosen to display the colors of Europe,” Ms von der Leyen told France Inter.
“We were ecstatic to see the European flag flying high above the great monuments.”
“And I know that France is very proud of its long history and the flag that represents it, and that without France, the European Union would never have progressed as far as it has today.”
“For me, France and Europe go very well together.”
“I congratulate France on its presidency,” she added.
“There are a lot of things on the line.”
“We must make progress on our proposals, particularly in the areas of climate change, digital transition, and pandemic preparedness.”
The majority of the 1,022 French people polled wanted the EU to be replaced with a Europe of nations with a strong focus on French sovereignty.
It comes as France assumes the rotating EU presidency.
According to Douglas Herbert of France 24, the EU presidency will allow President Emmanuel Macron to project the image that France is diplomatically punching above its weight.
“Coming at this particular time his presidency and rotating presidency for six months, it’s manna from heaven for Emmanuel Macron, a candidate who ran as a staunch europhile in 2017.” Mr Herbert told France 24: “Coming at this particular time his presidency and rotating presidency, it’s manna from heaven for Emmanuel Macron, a candidate who ran as a staunch europhile in 2017.”
“And he’s eager to do anything that will allow him to put France front and center on the European stage, and to basically have a showcase in which he can put forward all of the views that he’s become known for as a proponent of a more powerful and sovereign France.”
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