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The President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron delivers a significant speech on Europe on Thursday on the Sorbonne a month and a half earlier than the European elections, and 7 years after his first speech on Europe on this similar discussion board.

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Emmanuel Macron returns, Thursday, April 25, to the Sorbonne with a brand new speech for a “more sovereign and more powerful” Europe, particularly seen as a marketing campaign launch by the Head of State whereas his camp is slipping six weeks earlier than the European elections.

Seven years after the “Sorbonne 1”, on September 26, 2017, the president will as soon as once more roll out at 11 a.m. a collection of measures to maneuver in direction of “powerful Europe”.

“We are in a second the place many crises mix (..) The instinct, the will of the president, is to say to himself that, in these moments, it’s doable to maneuver ahead with proposals and to make vital steps”, summarizes a presidential advisor.

With what objective? “Influence the agenda” of the next European Commission following the June elections, assures the presidency, which refutes any electoral tactics. “It is an institutional moment for a head of state, who does not simply commit the words of his political sensibility, but the words of a country,” we insisted.

For his opponents, Emmanuel Macron is especially going on the offensive at a time when his camp, led by MEP Valérie Hayer, is struggling to make its way through the campaign.

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A speech to “campaign”?

The National Rally (RN) record led by Jordan Bardella stays effectively forward of voting intentions (31%), with round fifteen factors forward of Valérie Hayer (16%), intently adopted by Raphaël Glucksmann for the PS and Public sq. (13%), in line with a Toluna Harris Interactive survey for Challenges, M6 and RTL printed on Wednesday.

“There is nothing innocent about this speech”, “it is an electoral speech”, insists outgoing MEP RN Thierry Mariani. “He is still using his role as president to campaign, a serious attack on democracy,” provides the top of the record of La France insoumise, Manon Aubry.

As if echoing the Head of State, Jordan Bardella will maintain a press convention on Thursday afternoon to current his program and thus attempt to impose a duel on the summit. Raphaël Glucksmann grilled him on Wednesday night along with his personal “big speech” on Europe.

Presented by some as an “anti-Bardella weapon” throughout his appointment in January, Prime Minister Gabriel Attal at present appears to be behind within the European marketing campaign.

As a outcome, most of the head of state's supporters are relying on this speech to mobilize voters. Even in the event that they acknowledge that he also can impress his opponents, resulting from his sturdy unpopularity.

A “legitimacy” to speak about Europe

Emmanuel Macron will converse in entrance of the ambassadors of the 26 different EU member states, the delegation of the European Commission in France, enterprise leaders, college students and researchers.

He additionally invited French MEPs however his speech will fall in the course of a plenary session of the European Parliament, the final earlier than the European elections (June 6 to 9), the place a collection of vital texts have to be adopted. “Sorry, I voted,” quipped, amongst others, socialist MEP Nora Mebarak.

A 5 and a half years later, Emmanuel Macron believes he has left his mark on key topics of the European Union equivalent to sovereignty, protection or the frequent European mortgage, a taboo for Germany damaged throughout the Covid pandemic. 19 – even when France is struggling to duplicate the expertise.

President Emmanuel Macron in front of an EU flag during a press conference in Stockholm, January 30, 2024.
President Emmanuel Macron in entrance of an EU flag throughout a press convention in Stockholm, January 30, 2024. © Ludovic Marin, AFP archives

On Thursday he’ll take inventory of the progress since “Sorbonne 1” and description proposals within the face of latest European challenges, from the conflict in Ukraine to the Sino-American rivalry.

The Head of State believes that he has retained all his “legitimacy”, that of “reforms”, to speak about Europe, even when France is among the many continent's poor performers by way of public funds.

“We have just announced a reform of unemployment insurance which is one of the most ambitious in Europe,” defends a presidential advisor. A legitimacy which can be measured towards European reactions on Thursday.

From Friday, the president can even take the temperature throughout an alternate with college students in Strasbourg, the place he’ll signal a brand new three-year contract to consolidate the European stature of the Alsatian capital.

With AFP