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‘I’ll set the course a little’: Emmanuel Macron will give a speech on Europe next Thursday at the Sorbonne

Emmanuel Macron announced on Thursday that he will give a speech on Europe next Thursday “late morning” at the Sorbonne, as he did in September 2017, to outline his core European orientations.

“I will give a short overview of what the country has done and where we are heading, especially in the coming years,” the head of state said, answering a question at a press conference after a meeting of the European Council in Brussels. Regarding the European elections on June 9, “I will obviously have the opportunity, like five years ago, to take part in this campaign,” “at the appropriate time, in the format and within the appropriate framework,” Emmanuel Macron also said.

On 26 September 2017, four months into his first five-year term, the head of state presented an ambitious series of proposals to restart the European project, in particular to create a genuine common defence. Elected on a reform agenda, he then made a forceful appeal to the EU, which he said had for years lacked a long-term vision and was mired in bureaucracy and over-regulation. Europe is “too weak, too slow, too ineffective,” he said in a speech that lasted more than an hour and a half.

The call to the EU caught a number of partners by surprise, starting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who had just been re-elected and was then in months of negotiations to form a government coalition.

For a new presidential campaign?

Seven years and five and a half years later, Emmanuel Macron believes that he succeeded in this speech, especially on issues of European sovereignty. “We have good ideas, those that have been implemented in Europe in recent years,” he said on Wednesday along with his camp’s candidate for the European elections, Valerie Haier, who is lagging far behind the National Rally list in the polls. Jordan Bardella.

This Sorbonne II will also, in a sense, mark his entry into the election campaign, even if his circle denies this, believing that it is aimed primarily at setting the course for the period after the European elections in June. The President confirmed that he would take specific participation in the election campaign “at the appropriate time, in the appropriate format and framework.”

“Obviously, I will have the opportunity, like five years ago, to take part in this campaign, to express my conviction regarding Europe, which, in my opinion, is an important topic in the sense that this term is inherent in our country. ” He said.

Source: Le Parisien

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