Emmanuel Macron is attempting to capture control of the EU by ‘weaponizing anti-Britishness.’
EMMANUEL Macron has “weaponized anti-Britishness in French politics,” according to an analyst, opening the way for an audacious quest to head not only his own country, but the EU as well.
After former EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier announced his candidacy for the French presidency, political pundit Anne-Élisabeth Moutet made the remark. Despite the fact that Mr Barnier was the “ogre of Brexit,” Ms Moutet added that Britain should “hope” that he makes it to the second round of the election in April 2022.
Mr Macron, she wrote in the Telegraph, would be “catastrophic for amicable French-British relations.”
“Macron is a known quantity, a man enamored of his own brilliance, who does not comprehend the British mind and believes that international relations are a zero-sum game,” she continued.
“In the same manner that many UK politicians have weaponized anti-Britishness against France, he has weaponized anti-Britishness in French politics.
“Macron has recast himself as the EU’s next natural leader, which necessitates the use of bogeymen.”
“He is neither vengeful nor imaginative,” Ms Moutet said of Mr Barnier.
“He’s not very ideological, and he’s open to argument.
“At this point, it’s the best you can hope for.”
On Thursday, Mr. Barnier revealed his intention to run against Mr. Macron in the French presidential election in April.
The former French foreign minister is one of four right-wing Republicans candidates who have declared their candidacy.
“In these sad times, I took the decision to compete for the French president, to be President of a reconciled France,” Mr Barnier told French television channel TF1.
The EU’s former chief Brexit negotiator, who published his memoirs from the discussions last year, has previously hinted at a run for the French presidency.
“Since the end of my Brexit mission, I’ve listened a lot, had a lot of discussions, and worked on developing a team and a project,” he told French newspaper Le Figaro in April.
“We live in a dangerous, unstable, and vulnerable world.
“Our country is in dire straits, and we require a paradigm shift.”
According to polls, Mr. Macron is set to meet far-right candidate Marine Le Pen in the French presidential election’s final round.
Mr. Macron’s new centrist party, La République en Marche, won the 2017 election.