Macron warns of the “crisis of democracies”, even in the United States, in an exclusive interview in the United States


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French President Emmanuel Macron warns of a “crisis of democracies”, including in the United States, after years of “pressure” and “destabilization” efforts in an exclusive US interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper.

Asked by Tapper if he was worried about American democracy, Macron replied, “I worry about all of us.”

“I hate teaching people and saying, ‘I’m worried about you.’ … But I believe that what is at stake is what we built in the 18th century, “Macron said in an interview.

The French leader warned of a global crisis of Western “liberal democracies” when Tapper asked him about the trend towards nationalism, populism and racism that is spreading in Europe and the United States.

“I think we did [a] great crisis of democracies, of what I would call liberal democracies. Let’s be clear about this. How come? First, because being open societies and being open and very collaborative democracies put pressure on your people. It could destabilize them, “Macron said.

“And this is why we must always articulate respect for the availability of people, for the references of the middle class and for all the progress made by our democracies by welcoming different cultures, being open and collaborative. This is a question of balance, “she continued.

“It is clear that in recent years we have had increasing pressure on our societies and we are at the point where, in our different countries, there is what I would call a middle class crisis.”

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Macron also said that social media is playing a “very important role in what is at stake in our democracy” – “for better and for worse”. He claimed that social platforms were an engine of “fake news” and “new relativism”, which he called “a killer for all democracies, because it is completely breaking the relationship with truth and science and the foundations of ours. same democracy. ”

Macron’s comments echo President Joe Biden’s broad effort to frame 21st-century global competition as one defined by democracies versus autocracies. Such warnings have taken on new weight in recent months as fears of a global recession loom and threats to democracy worsen along with Russia’s unprovoked war in Ukraine.

On Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the immediate “partial mobilization” of Russian citizens, a move that threatens to escalate his faltering invasion of Ukraine following a series of defeats that have caused recriminations in Moscow.

Putin said in a speech that he would use “all means at our disposal” and even raised the specter of nuclear weapons if he felt that Russia’s “territorial integrity” was jeopardized.

The mobilization means that citizens who are in the reserve could be summoned and those with military experience would be subject to conscription, Putin said, adding that the necessary decree had already been signed and went into effect on Wednesday.

Macron called the decision a “mistake” and a missed opportunity to “go towards peace”.

“A few months ago Vladimir Putin sent a message: ‘I was attacked by NATO, they triggered the situation and I just reacted.’ Now, it is clear to everyone that the leader who has decided to go to war, the leader who has decided to step up is President Putin, “Macron said.

“And I have no rational explanation,” he added, calling the invasion “Germany’s intervention strategy” and a “post-Covid-19 consequence” due to Putin’s isolation during the pandemic.

Macron won re-election in April with a speech addressed to the voters of a globalized and economically liberal France at the head of a muscular European Union.

But the performance of his far-right opponent, Marine Le Pen, was the latest indication that French public opinion is turning to extremist politicians to express their dissatisfaction with the status quo.