In an unusual attack, Barnier strikes out at Macron, calling him “arrogant and authoritarian.”
Barnier makes an unexpected attack on Macron, labeling him “arrogant and totalitarian.”
Michel Barnier called Emmanuel Macron “arrogant and authoritarian” in a fiery tirade broadcast live on national television, in an apparent attempt to set himself apart from the man he is running against for the French presidency next year.
The former EU chief Brexit negotiator and Republican Party member announced his candidacy on Thursday. He wasted no time in slamming the current inhabitant of the Elysee Palace, accusing him of several “failures” since his election in 2017.
Mr Macron’s government “didn’t trust local communities, regions, departments, and towns, which have still demonstrated agility, efficiency, and adaptability,” the 70-year-old told Europe 1. The COVID-19 pandemic, which included a forced vaccination system for some important personnel, showed Mr Macron’s government “didn’t trust local communities, regions, departments, and towns, which have still demonstrated agility, efficiency, and adaptability,” according to the 70-year-old.
Mr Barnier expressed regret for his country’s “sometimes too lonely administration, which lacks humility” in foreign relations, which has become a familiar character in British media as a result of his prominent role in Brexit discussions.
“We must not be authoritarian in Europe, we must not issue commands, and we must respect others,” he said.
“France must be professional, determined, and imaginative, yet arrogant,” says the author.
Mr Barnier continued, seemingly in a jab at Mr Macron’s leadership style, “Nothing obligates the President to act alone, to speak alone.”
“De Gaulle, who was excellent, handled this country in a less isolated manner.
“The pastors were trustworthy, well-supported, and enduring.”
On the other side, Mr. Barnier promised to “restore respect” to political life.
He stated, “The French who are listening to us want to vote for a proposal.”
“In these tragic circumstances, I have decided to run for the French presidency, to be president of a reconciled France,” Mr Barnier told TF1 last week while launching his campaign.
However, he faces an uphill battle to get to the second round, according to a recent Ipsos survey of 2,000 participants.
According to the poll, Mr Macron has 24.5 percent, Marine Le Pen of the far-right National Rally has 22.5 percent, and Mr Macron has 11 percent, putting him on par with Greens candidate Yannick Jadot.
Mr Barnier’s concerns are exacerbated by the fact that Xavier Betrand, the centre-right leader of the Hautes-de-France region, is widely regarded as Mr Macron’s and Ms Len Pen’s most likely challenger.
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