Macron plot to deflect ‘Paris wokerati’ from own failures ahead of crucial vote exposed

Macron ‘trying to deflect wokerati in Paris’ says Woolfe

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Emmanuel Macron reacted with fury to a letter Boris Johnson wrote setting out proposals for joint efforts to tackle the issue of migrant crossing in the Channel. Prime Minister Johnson publicly released the letter on his Twitter, a move to which France reacted by uninviting Home Secretary Priti Patel to crucial talks with her counterpart Gérard Dermanin this Sunday. Former British MEP Steven Woolfe ridiculed Mr Macron’s hard stance towards the UK as an attempt to “deflect” his own detractors as pressure mounts in the run-up to the 2022 Presidential Election in France.

Speaking to LBC, Mr Woolfe said: “I think this is a hugely defensive move.

“Macron recognises there’s blood on his hands for the way his anti-Brexit, anti-UK immigration policy has now led to the inevitable deaths in the Channel.

“This action now is a way of him trying to deflect in the press the anger that’s being felt by the wokerati in Paris.”

President Macron is seeking re-election for a second term in the Elysée next year and his antagonistic stance towards Britain since Brexit has been interpreted by political commentators as a ploy to show strength in the face of criticism at home.

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Mr Woolfe shut down Mr Macron’s strategy as he insisted Boris Johnson has long been known for his grand political gestures and the publication of his letter to the French president did not divert from his usual tactics.

The former politician added: “This is something Boris has done in the past. I’m not seeing this is a major international incident.

“Of course, Boris has made mistakes – he hasn’t really addressed this issue as strongly as he should’ve done. I don’t believe, as many have seen, the hard work Priti Patel has tried in the new immigration act, the way she’s tried to get the forces behind her to support stronger measures is only now coming out.

“This is clearly his way of saying to the public, ‘yes, I’ve got it, I understand where you are.’ But I don’t think this is enough for an international incident.”

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In addition to Britain pushing back on his conduct, Mr Macron has also been facing increasing pressure from his potential opponents at the 2022 election.

Former Brexit negotiation Michel Barnier, who is hoping to secure the candidacy for Les Republicains during the party’s primaries in December, hit out at the President’s migration policy.

Mr Barnier warned France had lost control of immigration and that a sense of impunity prevailed.

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The French political lamented his country’s “big decline” and claimed Mr Macron’s leadership style was too arrogant and single-minded to heal divides.

He said: “Immigration is out of control.

“Our security is no longer guaranteed. There is a sense of impunity and insecurity throughout the country.”

Mr Barnier has proposed a moratorium on immigration to fix Europe and France’s broken rules on migration, wants soldiers to patrol some communities where police are seen to have lost control, and advocates a referendum on restoring military service.

An erstwhile moderate of the centre-right, Barnier dismissed the suggestion he was being drawn onto far-right turf to win back conservative voters from far-right figures Marine Le Pen and Eric Zemmour.

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