France first: Far-right challenger tears into Macron's European vision

20/1/2022 5:01:00 AM

France first: Far-right challenger tears into Macron's European vision

France first: Far-right challenger tears into Macron's European vision

CALAIS, France: Eric Zemmour, the French far-right presidential challenger, on Wednesday (Jan 19) said he would seize back control of France\u0027s borders from Europe, block European Union (EU) free trade negotiations and prevent any further enlargement of the bloc to the east. Pitching his vision for Fra

CALAIS, France: Eric Zemmour, the French far-right presidential challenger, on Wednesday (Jan 19) said he would seize back control of France's borders from Europe, block European Union (EU) free trade negotiations and prevent any further enlargement of the bloc to the east.

Pitching his vision for France's relationship with the EU, Zemmour rubbished President Emmanuel Macron's quest for deeper European cooperation as a folly that put the needs of French citizens in the hands of an illegitimate Brussels elite."I want France to be in Europe, but I want France to come before Europe," Zemmour said in a speech delivered on a wind-swept point near the northern port of Calais, from where thousands of illegal migrants try each year to reach Britain.

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LinkedIn CALAIS, France: Eric Zemmour, the French far-right presidential challenger, on Wednesday (Jan 19) said he would seize back control of France's borders from Europe, block European Union (EU) free trade negotiations and prevent any further enlargement of the bloc to the east.Copy to clipboard https://str.Copy to clipboard https://str.International non-governmental organisation Human Rights Watch has criticised U.

Pitching his vision for France's relationship with the EU, Zemmour rubbished President Emmanuel Macron's quest for deeper European cooperation as a folly that put the needs of French citizens in the hands of an illegitimate Brussels elite. "I want France to be in Europe, but I want France to come before Europe," Zemmour said in a speech delivered on a wind-swept point near the northern port of Calais, from where thousands of illegal migrants try each year to reach Britain. The latest data issued by Public Health France showed that there were 464,769 new cases in the last 24-hour period as the Omicron variant of Covid-19 spread unabated. That meant winning back control of France's frontiers, re-establishing the primacy of national law over European law and halting accession talks with states lying on the bloc's eastern flank, Zemmour said. The agenda intends to"create together a European power of the future. "With me the European flag will never fly without the French Tricolor," he said. The average daily number of new cases over the past seven days has surpassed 300,000, the latest data showed. Earlier this month, Macron's opponents reacted furiously to his decision to fly the EU flag alone under the Arc de Triomphe to mark the beginning of France's rotating presidency of the European Council. However, the U.

He said France should remain in the EU, the world's largest trade bloc. The move follows a one-day walkout last week that saw half of the country's primary schools close, according to unions, who accuse authorities of failing to establish clear rules that would keep as many students in school as possible. an independent Europe that has given itself the means to decide its own future and not rely on the decisions of other major powers," he said. But echoing arguments used by the 'Leave' campaign in Britain's 2016 Brexit campaign, he denounced the destructive interference of a disconnected Brussels elite in the daily lives of European citizens. Macron's wish for a more sovereign, strategically autonomous Europe was fantasy, Zemmour said. In response, the government promised to provide five million high-grade FFP2 face masks for school staff and to hire over 3,000 substitute teachers to replace those forced to isolate after contracting Covid-19 or coming into contact with an infected person. "Macron's Europe is a fictitious Europe," Zemmour continued. Macron argued that Europeans needed to build their own"collective security framework" and re-arm themselves, implying that the continent needed to work outside of the US-led Nato alliance that guarantees security for most EU states."Contrary to what he thinks, Europe is not a nation." He further said even though the U.

" The writer and talk show star has said France needs saving from a spiral of decline that has seen its identity eroded, in part due to what he sees as an increasing tendency for Muslim migrants to turn their backs on France's secular values. He is polling fourth in the election race, behind Macron, Marine Le Pen, of the traditional far-right and conservative challenger Valerie Pecresse. The European Union was not involved in direct talks with Moscow during a week of diplomacy last week to try to ease tensions caused by Russia's decision to mass tens of thousands of troops on its border with Ukraine. However, analysts say it is too early to rule him out of a place in April's run-off vote. Zemmour, who was convicted again this week for inciting hate, said migrants had brought violence, crime and misery to Calais, a favoured launchpad for clandestine crossings of the English Channel. Calais had always been an outpost in France's defences against invaders, centuries ago against the British and Spanish and nowadays against Afghan, Pakistani and African migrants, he continued. "We need to build it between us, Europeans, share it with our allies in Nato, and propose it for negotiation to Russia," he told lawmakers. "The people of those countries (.

"Our commitment is that France will never come to resemble the abandonned Calais of today," Zemmour said. Source: Reuters/fh .