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PROGRAM – Emmanuel Macron speaks at the lectern of the European Parliament as part of the French presidency of the European Union. The Head of State defends his vision for Europe through a speech, then a question-and-answer session.

Abortion

During his speech, Emmanuel Macron said he wanted to include abortion and environmental protection in the charter of fundamental rights. “Let’s open this debate freely with our fellow citizens,” he asked to applause.

DIGITAL

“The second challenge of the century is that of the digital revolution”, argued Emmanuel Macron, who wishes “to build a real single digital market allowing the creation of European champions”.

DIGITAL

“The second challenge of the century is that of the digital revolution”, argued Emmanuel Macron, who wishes “to build a real single digital market allowing the creation of European champions”. He would like this model to organize “fair competition between players” and “fight against the tendency of platforms to kill innovation”.

LIBERAL DEMOCRACY

“We will be at the rendezvous of the fight for liberal democracy, to defend our electoral processes from attempts at foreign interference, to continue to advance the sovereignty of the peoples”, said Emmanuel Macron, highlighting the strengths of the Union. Europe in the face of authoritarian regimes.

Abortion

During his speech, Emmanuel Macron said he wanted to include abortion and environmental protection in the charter of fundamental rights. “Let’s open this debate freely with our fellow citizens,” he asked to applause.

RULE OF LAW

“The rule of law is our treasure”, argues before the MEPs this Wednesday Emmanuel Macron. “It is not a question of letting the idea take hold that the rule of law is basically an invention of Brussels,” he defends. “It is the fruit of our stories at all (…) And it is a question everywhere of reconquering the peoples who have moved away from it”, added the French president.

“The end of the rule of law is the reign of arbitrariness,” he added. “It is the sign of the return to authoritarian regimes, to the stutters of our history”.

DEMOCRACY, PROGRESS AND PEACE

“Our European construction is based on three great promises: a promise of democracy (…), a promise of progress and a promise of peace. The moment we are living through, through the return of the tragedy of History and certain geographical and the current turmoil we are experiencing are shaking up these three promises. Our challenge is to work to rebuild these promises”, declared Emmanuel Macron.

EUROPEAN VALUES

The President of the Republic said he was “extremely happy and honored today to speak to you”, addressing the MEPs. He explained that the presidency of France would be one of “promotion of the values ​​that make us”.

TRIBUTE TO DAVID SASSOLI

Introducing his speech, Emmanuel addressed a thought to the predecessor of Roberta Metsola, David Sassoli, who died on January 11 and whose mandate ended this week.

TRIBUTE TO DAVID SASSOLI

Introducing his speech, Emmanuel addressed a thought to the predecessor of Roberta Metsola, David Sassoli, who died on January 11 and whose mandate ended this week.

ROBERTA METSOLA

In her introductory speech, the new President of the Parliament, the Maltese Conservative Roberta Metsola, described the French Presidency of the European Union as “a Presidency whose agenda for a sovereign Europe is essential as we face multiple challenges: health, economic, migratory, climatic”.

GREETINGS

Emmanuel Macron greets the new President of Parliament, the Maltese conservative Roberta Metsola, as well as all the French MEPs present, including Yannick Jadot and Manon Aubry.

ARRIVAL OF EMMANUEL MACRON

A few seconds before speaking, Emmanuel Macron enters the European Parliament. He is to give a speech of around twenty minutes, which will be followed by a debate with the MEPs.

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EMMANUEL MACRON FACING EUROPE

Sovereignty, Schengen, climate, minimum wage…. Emmanuel Macron defends his priorities for Europe on Wednesday during a debate with MEPs which takes on a strong political dimension as the presidential election approaches in France.

More than ever, the French head of state will present himself as a fervent supporter of the European cause, which he has been promoting since the start of his five-year term in 2017.

For this, he wanted to give particular importance to the traditional speech launching the rotating presidency of the EU, which France exercises until June 30.

For Europe, Emmanuel Macron will unveil his plans this Wednesday. As part of the French presidency of the European Union, the Head of State will speak at 11:20 a.m. to the 705 MEPs in the hemicycle of the European Parliament, in Strasbourg. The opportunity to defend its priorities for Europe during a speech, then a debate with MEPs which takes on a strong political dimension as the presidential election approaches in France.

European sovereignty “as a common thread” in his speech

More than ever, the French Head of State will present himself as a fervent supporter of the European cause, which he has been promoting since the start of his five-year term in 2017. To this end, he wanted to give particular importance to the traditional speech for the launch of the rotating presidency of the EU, which France exercises until June 30. In the hemicycle of Strasbourg, he will present “his vision for the European Union”, with “European sovereignty as a common thread”, corn “will also speak on behalf of the 27 Member States”, said the Elysee.

“It’s an institutional exercise. He goes there as President of the Republic and only in this capacity”, insisted Tuesday Clément Beaune, the French Secretary of State for European Affairs, while Emmanuel Macron has not officially announced his candidacy for the April 10 election.

Schengen area, minimum wage, climate…

In his speech, Emmanuel Macron will present “a lot of texts to be concrete”, said Clément Beaune. After having presented them on December 9 in Paris, he should return to the objective of obtaining “quick results” on priority issues, such as the minimum wage, the climate or the reform of the Schengen area to better fight against irregular migration. On the sensitive subject of the carbon tax at the borders of the EU, “we are fighting for, I think we will get there” to put it in place, specified Clément Beaune, assuring that Germany had given its “agreement in principle”.

In front of MEPs, Emmanuel Macron should also “to gain height in relation to the program of these six months” to show “the singular way of Europe”, who wants to be “a power of stability” in “a turbulent international context” marked in particular by the tensions between Russia and Ukraine on the borders of the EU, according to an adviser.

A question-and-answer session that promises to be tough

After a speech of about twenty minutes, a long sequence of questions and answers will begin with the deputies, fewer in number than usual due to the anti-Covid gauge measures. The President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen will not ultimately be present in the hemicycle, having been declared a contact case at Covid-19.

Emmanuel Macron will be challenged by elected officials from all countries but, as is customary for the rotating presidencies of the EU, an important place will be left to French speakers. The right-wing MEPs, François-Xavier Bellamy, the radical left-wing Manon Aubry and the far-right MEPs, Jordan Bardella and Nicolas Bay, but also the ecologist Yannick Jadot, the only presidential candidate to sit in Strasbourg, should thus speak.

Christophe Castaner, leader of LREM deputies in the National Assembly, said on Tuesday that he feared “a match” between a president who “will speak Europe” and opponents “who are sure to talk about petty politics and the presidential campaign”. “I will intervene to recall his record and to denounce the instrumentalization of the PFUE (French presidency) for electoral purposes”, announced Manon Aubry, setting the tone for the criticisms that should be addressed to the Head of State.

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Since his election in 2017, celebrated to the sound of the EU anthem, the French president has stood as the leader of pro-Europeans in the face of “nationalists” and “populists”. The latter focus their criticism on the immigration file, which has become central to the electoral campaign, accusing Emmanuel Macron and the Commission of “to lack firmness”.

“In the EU everything remains to change”, thus denounced the candidate of the National Rally Marine Le Pen on Tuesday, calling again for the restoration of “permanent checks at national borders”. On the left, critics focus more on the need to revise or end the Stability and Growth Pact (SGP).

At the end of this debate, Emmanuel Macron will have lunch with the new President of Parliament, the Maltese conservative Roberta Metsola, elected on Tuesday, before holding a press conference.

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