This Wednesday, October 12, Emmanuel Macron answers questions from journalist Caroline Roux at the new political meeting of L’Événement, France 2. The bar for this first part is international political issues. Domestic policy will be discussed on October 26.
International issues are on the menu for this first interview with Emmanuel Macron at L’Evènement.
9:20 pm – Support for Iranian women
“I want to express my appreciation to these women. France condemns the repressions of the Iranian regime,” announced Emmanuel Macron, justifying his meeting with Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi. “Diplomacy is accepting talking to people who don’t share your values and your principles. We don’t make people’s destiny for them.”
“France condemns the repression carried out by the Iranian regime, which is a sovereign people demanding their freedom. They bear the universalism of our values.”
9:10 pm – Nuclear: Objectives maintained
Emmanuel Macron gave an update on France’s nuclear reactors, indicating “30 out of 56 operations”.
“We are going to increase to 40 in the next few weeks. The goal is to increase to 45 in January. All of this indicates that we will stick to this objective. In the face of this global crisis, we must succeed in maintaining our three axes: energy moderation, more nuclear production. , creating more renewables.”
The president pledged to “virtually no” coal-burning power plants in Europe by 2050, a key objective of “winning the climate war.”
8:55 pm – The President talks about fuels
“Normal will return next week,” he said Emmanuel Macron responded to the fuel shortage, promising “nothing to do with war”.
The president hammered home his belief in “a sense of responsibility” and “social dialogue.”
However, for the president, “we cannot leave the country because some people want to go further.” Emmanuel Macron responds to unions fighting demands: “Let the CGT let the country work! If the social dialogue does not succeed in the next few hours, we will make a demand”.
8:50 pm – “Russia is deeply destabilized”
The president welcomed the effectiveness of the EU’s “targeted sanctions” against Russia. “It’s working: Russia is deeply destabilized,” he said.
8:42 pm – “We are in a hybrid war”
Emmanuel Macron has called the conflict in Ukraine a “hybrid war.” The president explained: “That is, we are using an information weapon, using a migration weapon, an energy weapon, a food weapon and potential attacks on vulnerabilities, by spreading propaganda.”
8:38 pm – On nuclear power: “The less we talk about it, the more credible we are”
Emmanuel Macron also spoke about Russia’s nuclear threat. “We talked about it many times” with Putin. “We have a theory: prevention works, but the less we talk about it, the less we stir up the threat, the more credible we are.He said he believes “too many people” are talking about the nuclear threat.
8:30 pm – “Today Russia is killing on the ground, attacking and violating Ukraine’s sovereignty”
Invited to speak about the war in Ukraine, the president renewed his support for the invaded people: “Russia chose on February 24 to start a war against Ukraine. And a continent. Today Russia is killing on the ground, attacking. And violating Ukraine’s sovereignty.”
“We support Ukraine in the resistance. We have provided arms, we have helped Ukraine on a humanitarian and economic level. We provide intelligence to the Ukrainians so they can defend themselves. Is France threatening Russia on the ground? No answer.”
In detail, Emmanuel Macron returned arms supplied by France to Ukraine. He mentioned that he provided 18 Caesar guns. “We are going to offer six more,” he added. “And we will provide radars and missiles.”
Emmanuel Macron, on the other hand, refuses to speak of a terrorist state as far as Russia is concerned. “International justice should qualify things,” he said.
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