President Emmanuel Macron has slammed his American counterpart with a
thinly veiled series of takedowns aimed at the Orange Man in the
White House for his exit from the Paris Climate Accords.
we do nothing, our children will know a world of migrations,
of wars, of shortage. A dangerous world," said Macron
to open his English-language statement, referring to the
controversial theory that climate change is a national security risk.
is a mistake both for the US and the planet," Macron went
on to say. "Tonight I wish to tell the United States
that France believes in you. The world believes in you. I
know that you are a great nation."
Macron meant that he didn't believe American needed to be made
Great Again. Maybe he meant that Trump had already Made America Great
Again in his first five months in office. It seems more
likely that it was the first one.
then called for those upset by Trump keeping his promise
to exit the agreement to flee to France, like the
Lost Generation expatriate novelists of the 1920s. "To all
scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, responsible citizens who were
disappointed by the decision of the President of the
United States, I want to say that they will find in France
a second homeland. I call on them, come and work here with us;
work on common solutions with us."
of Trump's central stated reasons for pulling out of
the Paris Accords was that it would allegedly export American jobs
from the US to foreign countries. In that context Macron's
statement seems a subtle jab — well, maybe not that subtle.
reaffirm clearly that the Paris agreement remains irreversible and
will be implemented, not just by France, but by all the
other nations. Over the coming hours, I will have the opportunity
to speak with our main partners to define a common
strategy and to define new initiatives. I already know that I
can count on them."
call on you to remain confident. We will succeed —
because we are fully committed. Because wherever we live, whoever we
are, we all share the same responsibility: Make Our Planet Great
Doesn't roll off the tongue quite as well, admittedly.
However, it seems Macron is doubling down on it.