Macron's anti-nationalist talk is not all about Trump

Nationalism and Patriotism Don't Have to Be Opposites

Trump criticized Emmanuel Macron and his government over trade, the French leader's warnings about nationalism, plans for a European army, the country's wine industry and Macron's approval ratings.

The US president's call to "make France great again" also came in for mockery from Benjamin Mendy, the Manchester City defender who was in France's World Cup winning football team. It read, "It was Germany in World Wars One & Two - How did that work out for France?"

That Mr. Trump, consciously or not, unleashed his Twitter diatribe on the third anniversary of the 2015 Paris terrorist attacks that left 130 dead was of secondary concern to Mr. Macron, even if his spokesman did complain that the U.S. President should have shown "common decency" on such a solemn date for the French.

"At every moment of our history, we were allies, so between allies, respect is due", Macron said, citing French support for America's war of independence and USA support during the two world wars.

The aggressive call came while Trump was traveling to Paris for a tense weekend meeting to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the World War I armistice.

The tweets underscored tensions between the once-chummy leaders and displayed Trump's irritation over criticism of how he acted in France.


"I think he's playing politics, and I let him play American politics". The U.S. President's obsession with his own press made it all but inevitable that he would fire back at Mr. Macron, if only to ensure he got the last word in.

"The United States are our historic ally and will continue to be".

"Pay for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation or not!"

"Every day our soldiers fight together, risk their lives together - that's the most important decision you take when you are president", Macron said. Olivier Faure, head of the French Socialist Party, said that while he opposed Mr Macron's policies, he sympathised with the president for having to endure Mr Trump whose "verbal diarrhoea is becoming unbearable".

From the Charles de Gaulle, Mr Macron said: "I believe in our sovereignty and in European sovereignty".

"So I'll reply in English: "common decency" would have been appropriate."
Macron has publicly criticized Trump's nationalist politics, his withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, dismissal of the Paris climate accord and belligerence toward North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

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