Macron warns of 'crisis of democracies,' including in US, in exclusive US interview
September 22, 2022 at 13:35
Washington CNN —French President Emmanuel Macron is warning about a “crisis of democracies,” including in the United States, following years of “pressure” and “destabilization” efforts in an exclusive US interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper.
Asked by Tapper if he’s worried about American democracy, Macron replied, “I worry about all of us.”“I hate lecturing people and saying, ‘I’m worried for you.’ … But I do believe that what is at stake is what we built in the 18th century,” Macron said an interview.
The French leader warned of a global crisis of Western “liberal democracies” when asked by Tapper about the trend in nationalism, populism and racism spreading in Europe and the US.
“I think we have [a] big crisis of democracies, of what I would call liberal democracies.
First, because being open societies and being open and very cooperative democracies put pressure on your people.
It could destabilize them,” Macron said.
“And this is why we always have to articulate the respect of people’s willingness, middle class references, and all the progress made by our democracies welcoming different cultures, being open and cooperative.
Such warnings have taken on new weight in recent months as fears of a global recession loom and threats to democracy fester alongside Russia’s unprovoked war in Ukraine.
On Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the immediate “partial mobilization” of Russian citizens, a move that threatens to escalate his faltering invasion of Ukraine following a string of defeats that caused recriminations in Moscow.
“And I have no rational explanation,” he added, calling the invasion the “strategy of Germany intervention” and a “post-Covid-19 consequence” because of Putin’s isolation during the pandemic.
Macron won reelection in April with a pitch to voters of a globalized, economically liberal France at the head of a muscular European Union.
But the performance of his far-right opponent, Marine Le Pen, served as the latest indication that the French public is turning to extremist politicians to voice their dissatisfaction with the status quo.