Macron attacks nationalism in speech to US Congress


Agencies, Washington French President Emmanuel Macron has used his speech to the joint houses of the US Congress to denounce nationalism and isolationism, a BBC News report said on Thursday. Mr Macron said such policies were a threat to global prosperity. The speech was widely interpreted as a thinly veiled attack on President Donald Trump’s America First agenda. Mr Macron also raised differences on global trade,Iran and the environment, seemingly in contrast to the warm bonhomie of his visit so far. The French president was given a three-minute standing ovation as he took his place in the chamber for his speech.He hailed the “unbreakable bonds” of the US and France, forged in “liberty, tolerance and equal rights”. He has developed a strong relationship with President Trump, and is in Washington as the first foreign leader to be accorded a US state visit by the Trump White House.But the French president’s comments showed that the pair do not agree on all subjects. Mr Macron said isolationism, withdrawal and nationalism “can be tempting to us as a temporary remedy to our fears. But closing the door to the world will not stop the evolution of the world. It will not douse but inflame the fears of our citizens”. He added: “We will not let the rampaging work of extreme nationalism shake a world full of hopes for greater prosperity.” Mr Macron said that the US had invented multilateralism and now needed to reinvent it to create a new 21st Century world order. He said the UN and the Nato military alliance might not be able to fulfil their mandates and assure stability if the West ignored the new dangers arising in the world.