04 February 2017

Towards an independent and protecting France

In a world whose major geopolitical equilibria have been upset, where conflicts grind on at our borders, where wars continue with a violence that surpasses understanding, France must live up to the heights of its history.  France must regain its influence on the international scene so that its voice may be heard and so that it can uphold its humanist and universal values.

We are convinced that France will only be fully independent and influential in a strong, united Europe.  The current orientation of the European Union is no longer practical, but simply attacking this is not enough.  That's why I'm proposing a new political settlement for Europe, articulated around the progress of European defense; also why I'm proposing a major investment plan for the ecological transition, so we can put an end to coordinated austerity with a process of fiscal and social convergence, while stopping WalMart-esque dumping games across national borders*.

The duty of France consists also in protecting its citizens from new threats, especially that of terrorism, which has attacked our bodies and polluted our soil.   France remains proud of the civil liberties that make its greatness, and the protecting France of my vision knows that the French people can only feel secure if we preserve our principles, even under threat.  We must also make of our unity a force that opposes those who seek to destabilize our society.  At home and abroad, France will always seek peacemaking and dialogue over threat-slinging and confrontation.

This independent, protecting France must also live up to its full historical responsibility:  that of welcoming refugees with dignity.  These are women and men who flee war and misery, and who choose France because it incarnates peace and tolerance.  In the face of an economic and climatic crisis that will become more pronounced in the 21st century, France will always choose the side of humanity and international cooperation.

*The final clause here is difficult for me to translate.  He may not have had WalMart in mind, but he does actually use the word "dumping" in French.

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