Macron's comments on unvaccinated 'undiplomatic' says expert

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In a piece for The Spectator, Jonathan Miller said how the 44-year-old leader is “staring at Europe like stout Cortez” and will never be able to meet the standards set by former leader Merkel. He wrote: “In La France profonde, the EU is not loved.

“Neither is Macron. Currently only 25 per cent intend to vote for him in the first round.

“He [Macron] apparently believes that doesn’t matter, that he’ll cruise to victory with the support of the media against a divided opposition, and might even be lucky enough in the second round to face Marine Le Pen, who refuses to retire despite her inevitable defeat.

“Her father failed five times to win the presidency. She’s failed twice already.”

As a part of his plan, Macron has planned an EU minimum wage, carbon taxes on products imported into Europe and more regulation and taxation of American tech giants like Amazon and Google.

Mr Miller continued: “The notion that any of these can be delivered before 30 June, when France will be succeeded in the presidency by the Czech Republic, is ludicrous, but that’s not the point.

“The document is, rather, Macron’s manifesto for the ‘European Renaissance’ with which he is obsessed, and more immediately for his own re-election.”

While addressing the nation during New Year’s eve, the French President, in a representational way, lit up the Eiffel Tower in the EU colours.

Calling his address an “election campaign”, Mr Miller said that while the President is still not yet a declared candidate, it seems likely that he will not formally announce his candidacy until the last possible moment.

The first round of the 2022 French presidential election will be held on 10 April 2022.

The incumbent President of France is Emmanuel Macron of La République En Marche! (LREM), who won the 2017 election and whose first term lasts until 13 May 2022.

The incumbent is eligible for reelection to a second five-year term according to the Constitution of France.

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In his first few months as president, Macron pressed for the enactment of a package of reforms on public ethics, labour laws, taxes, and law enforcement agency powers.

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