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“A Europe that protects Europeans”: Emmanuel Macron’s realistic vision of France’s position in the world
The first major domestic challenge facing the newly elected French President, Emmanuel Macron, is to obtain an absolute majority in tomorrow’s legislative elections. His promise of a constructive proactivism at the level of the European Union was enthusiastically welcomed in Europe. However, if Emmanuel Macron is to succeed in his mandate and if he is to play a significant role in a European Union facing a serious identity crisis, his main challenge will be to reverse the scepticism of French people, mainly among those who gave him their vote, not by conviction, but to counter the Front National. The President must act while ensuring that the French citizens understand his action at the European level, and the need for a strong Europe so that it can become a real instrument for France’s power projection.
In an environment characterized by growing Euroscepticism and rising populism, the election of Emmanuel Macron was welcomed with relief by the