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Emmanuel Macron Goes Full Europe

By J. Alex Tarquinio

20 Jan 2022 · 6 min read

On the eve of Emmanuel Macron’s remarks to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, on Wednesday, rumors were circulating that some of the parliamentary groups were reshuffling their speakers to use their time at the podium to critique the French president. The rumors weren’t wrong.

What is ordinarily a staid formality for a head of state to mark his country’s assumption of the six-month rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union descended into nearly four hours of often bare-knuckle campaigning in what promises to be a bruising French presidential race this spring. The dust-up followed Macron’s speech outlining a particularly muscular—and particularly French—vision of the EU, one with, among other ambitious goals, a common defense against illegal immigration and security threats.

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