France just had an election, pitching Far Right Fascism of the wild and crazy Le Penn against Macron, a centrist and stable person and Macron won, much of that because Macron and also because the global people have had a taste of Trump, who is similar to Le Penn. In Macron acceptance speech, Macron said the will Macron restore “France’s global standing” reported Al Jazeera. The article is presented in this blog post towards the end. Macron marks the return of Globalization, as for the past few yeas, anti-globalist & isolationist forces, has swept across the planet.
Globalization is the action or procedure of international integration of countries arising from the conversion of world views, products, ideas, and other aspects of culture. Advances in transportation (such as the steam locomotive, steamship, jet engine, and container ships) and in telecommunications infrastructure (including the rise of the telegraph and its modern offspring, the Internet and mobile phones) have been major factors in globalization, generating further interdependence of economic and cultural activities. Though many scholars place the origins of globalization in modern times, others trace its history long before the European Age of Discovery and voyages to the New World, some even to the third millennium BC. Large-scale globalization began in the 1820s. In the late 19th century and early 20th century, the connectivity of the world’s economies and cultures grew very quickly. The term globalization is recent, only establishing its current meaning in the 1970s. In 2000, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) identified four basic aspects of globalization: trade and transactions, capital and investment movements, migration and movement of people, and the dissemination of knowledge. Further, environmental challenges such as global warming, cross-boundary water and air pollution, and overfishing of the ocean are linked with globalization
There are many reasons why France lost that global standing position, but mainly, to the Left and Liberal, it was France’s leader reaction to “Terrorism” that shocked most of the Left and Liberal to write France off. That is because France very much turned into a police state, with even a Constitution that “Institutionalized” the police state. In simple terms, France capitulated to what the terrorist wanted, meaning destroying French “Core Values.”
But France in fundamental term, still looks relatively strong, except for the lingering economic crisis impact, leaving high youth un-employment. But fundamentally, while not being as powerful as the USA or China, France is still a fairly powerful country.
First, a few measurable things:
-6th economic power (recently overtaken by the U.K.)
-6th military power (according to ), it is also the 4th largest weapons exporter
-More than 66.000.000 people, with a steady 2.0 fertility rate
-One of the best healthcare systems in the world
More difficult to measure, there are other points to add to France’s power:
-World-reknown culture, food, history, and geography, attracting more than 80.000.000 tourists per year
-Global diplomatic presence, whith an impressive embassy network, permanent membership and veto at the UNSC, and some good ”UN street cred”
-About 274 million people speak French, and this number is rising. French is spoken at the UN, the Olympics…
If you are not familiar with Macron, the following is from the Wikipedia:
Macron has notably advocated in favor of the free market and reducing the public-finances deficit. He first publicly used the term “liberal” to describe himself in a 2015 interview with Le Monde. He added that he is “neither right nor left” and that he advocates “a collective solidarity”. During a visit to the Puy du Fou in Vendée with Philippe de Villiers in August 2016, he stated, “Honesty compels me to say that I am not a socialist.” He explained that he was part of the “left government” because he wanted “to serve the public interest” as any minister would. In his book Revolution, published in November 2016, Macron presents himself as both a “leftist” and a “liberal … if by liberalism one means trust in man.” With his party En Marche!, Macron’s stated aim is to transcend the left–right divide in a manner similar to François Bayrou or Jacques Chaban-Delmas, asserting that “the real divide in our country … is between progressives and conservatives”. With the launch of his independent candidacy and his use of anti-establishment rhetoric, Macron has been labelled a “populist” by some observers, notably Manuel Valls, but Macron rejects this term.
He has supported the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union and criticized the Walloon government for trying to block it. He believes that CETA should not require the endorsement of national parliaments because “it undermines the EU”. Regarding the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), Macron stated in June 2016 that “the conditions [to sign the treaty] are not met”, adding that “we mustn’t close the door entirely” and “need a strong link with the US”.
Macron described France’s colonization of Algeria as a “crime against humanity”. He also said: “It’s truly barbarous and it’s part of a past that we need to confront by apologising to those against whom we committed these acts.” Polls following his remarks reflected a decrease in his support.
In January 2017 he said France needed a more “balanced” policy toward Syria, including talks with Bashar Assad. In April 2017, following the chemical attack in Khan Shaykhun, Macron proposed possible military intervention against Assad regime, preferably under United Nations auspices.
An article in the New York Times described Emmanuel Macron as “ardently pro-Europe” and stated that he “has proudly embraced an unpopular European Union.”
Macron was described by some as Europhile and federalist but he describes himself as “neither pro-European, eurosceptic nor a federalist in the classical sense”, and his party as “the only pro-European political force in France”.
In June 2015, Macron and his German counterpart Sigmar Gabriel published a platform advocating a continuation of European integration. They advocate the continuation “of structural reforms (such as labor markets), institutional reforms (including the area of economic governance)”, but also a reconciliation of ‘tax and social systems (like better co-ordination or harmonization of the corporate taxes via, for example, minimum wages)”.
In addition, Macron stated: “I’m in favor of strengthening anti-dumping measures which have to be faster and more powerful like those in the United States. We also need to establish a monitoring of foreign investments in strategic sectors at the EU level in order to protect a vital industry and to ensure our sovereignty and the European superiority.”
Macron would push for EU sanctions against Poland if he is elected president. He said: “In the three months after I’m elected, there will be a decision on Poland. You cannot have a European Union which argues over every single decimal place on the issue of budgets with each country, and which, when you have an EU member which acts like Poland or Hungary on issues linked to universities and learning, or refugees, or fundamental values, decides to do nothing.” Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski said in response that Macron “violated European standards and the principles of friendship with Poland”.
Macron has stated that, if elected, he will seek to renegotiate the Treaty of Le Touquet with the United Kingdom which has caused a build-up of asylum-seekers in Calais. When Macron served as Economy Minister he had suggested the Treaty could be scrapped if the UK left the European Union.
Al Jazeera reports (source)
Macron vows to restore France’s global standing
In his inaugural speech, Macron promises to restore France’s lost confidence and ‘reform and relaunch’ the EU.
In his first speech as president, Macron said his main priority would be “to give back to the French people the confidence that for too long has been flagging”.
“I will convince our compatriots that France’s power is not in decline, but that we are at the dawn of an extraordinary renaissance because we have all the qualities which will make … the great powers of the 21st century,” he said.
While France’s place was in the European Union, the 28-member bloc needed to be “reformed and relaunched”, the new president said.
Macron assumed power after an hour-long private meeting with Hollande in which official access to France’s nuclear missile launch codes was handed over.
After the formalities, a 21-gun salute rang out from the Invalides military hospital on the other side of the River Seine.
Later, the new president paid tribute at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier beneath the Arc de Triomphe, where he stood in a downpour, without a raincoat or umbrella, to light the flame in honour of France’s war dead.
He went on to shake hands with supporters along the Champs Elysees, who were taking selfies and waving French tricolour flags, amid tight security.
Some 1,500 police officers were deployed near the presidential palace and on the Champs Elysees.
Macron faces a host of daunting challenges, including tackling stubbornly high unemployment, fighting violence and healing divisions exposed by an often vicious election campaign.
Some analysts and opponents have questioned the strength of his mandate; though Macron defeated his rival Marine Le Pen in a landslide, many who voted for him on May 7 said they cast their ballot reluctantly, in a bid to boot out the far right.
Macron vowed to glue France together, saying,”The time has come for France to meet the challenges of our time.”
“The divisions and fractures that run through our society must be overcome, whether they be economic, social, political or moral.
“I can assure you I didn’t think for a single second that (the confidence) was restored as if by magic on the evening of May 7. It will be slow, demanding but essential work.”
He added: “France is strong only if she is prosperous.”
A convinced European integrationist unlike Le Pen and other candidates, he went on: “The world and Europe need France now more than ever and they need a strong France with a sense of its own destiny.”
He pledged to press for reforms to the EU, saying: “We will need a more efficient Europe, a more democratic Europe, a more political Europe because it’s the instrument of our power and our sovereignty, I will work on that.
“The world needs what French men and women have always taught it: the audacity of freedom, the demand for equality and the desire for fraternity,” he said.