In an unpublished interview with “L’Humanité”, Emmanuel Macron needs to persuade that he doesn’t “lead a far-right policy” | EUROtoday

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Emmanuel Macron, during the signing of the bilateral agreement between France and Ukraine, at the Elysée Palace, February 16, 2024.

Three and a half months earlier than the European elections, Emmanuel Macron locations himself on the entrance line in opposition to the National Rally (RN). In a each day interview Humanity Monday February 19 – the primary of a President of the Republic in workplace on the communist newspaper in 100 and twenty years of historical past – he invitations “do not leave the fight against illegal immigration to the far right”. “The nation is rights and duties, he argues. If it is open to all winds, if irregular immigrants can have access to rights without contributing, what does that produce? Why do you think the working classes are turning to the RN? (…) This fight is republican. »

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To his eyes, “the feeling of loss of control fuels the RN. Many of its voters consider Europe to be too open, too complicated. So the magic formula would be a return to nationalism.”

Criticized on the left for his “immigration” legislation of January 26, 2024, handed by the RN, the top of state, on the defensive, replies that “very left-wing policies” had been carried out within the Eighties, which “led to the entry into the Assembly of the National Front [devenu le Rassemblement national], resolutely anti-Semitic and Holocaust denier, which the RN no longer openly is. All this must lead to humility.”

Putting his responsibility in the rise of the National Rally in recent years into perspective, Emmanuel Macron believes that “It is society that has normalized and trivialized the extreme right. She has been a guest on all television sets for over ten years.”

The RN and “extreme left groups” put on the same level

If he, for his part, invited Marine Le Pen to attend, as president of the RN group in the National Assembly, the pantheonization on Wednesday of the communist resistance fighters Missak and Mélinée Manouchian, it is because he is of his “duty to invite all representatives elected by the French people”, he justifies. It is not up to him, he considers, to “to sort between them”, “by an arbitrary gesture”.

The RN would, nevertheless, be higher off abstaining on Wednesday, choose Emmanuel Macron. “ As for the tribute to Robert Badinter from which the elected representatives of the RN were absent, the spirit of decency, the relationship with history should lead them to make a choice (…)given the nature of Manouchian's fight »suggests the head of state.

“Jews, Hungarians, Poles, Armenians, communists, they gave their lives for our country”he recollects, however no determine of the communist resistance, and a fortiori no international resistance, had till now been entitled to this honor. “It’s a way of bringing in all forms of internal Resistance, some of which have been forgotten for too long,” he insists.

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