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Macron Skewers Trump in the First-Ever English Address by a French President from the Élysée | Quartz

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Quartz presents the video of French President Emmanuel Macron’s response to Donald Trump’s announcement to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement. It’s an amazing speech. In English.

“…On the evening of Donald Trump’s announcement that the US would pull out of the Paris climate deal, Emmanuel Macron launched a three-pronged communications blitz against Trump about the perilous consequences of his decision.

He spoke to the US president for five minutes in a “direct” exchange via telephone after Trump’s announcement, according to a French presidential source. Macron reportedly told Trump that France would keep working with the US, but not on climate change. He also issued a joint statement with Germany and Italy affirming that the Paris accords would not be renegotiated.

But his strongest reprimand came in a televised address the same night from the Élysée Palace…”

Roya Wolverson

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Now, that’s leadership.

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JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She sometimes writes fiction about Chester (the Alpha Bichon) and his friends -- with a dash of humor and dab of Poli-Sci. JoAnn's views and insights are tinted by her past profession in Counseling, Christian theological studies, and Library and Information Science training. Retired now, JoAnn enjoys the creative life.


    • Right. And, ironically, renewable energy is where all the new business opportunities and jobs will be coming from – for people in other countries.

  • JoAnn, this is well and respectfully said and inviting to all disappointed in this decision to join the fight. Vive le francais! Please take note there have been multiple US businesses who have come out and said this action will not change their plans to move forward with renewable energy and conservation. I also take heart that three energy company shareholder votes in May went against management recommendations and will require Exxon-Mobil, Occidental Petroleum and PPL (a utility based in Pennsylvania) to report to shareholders the impact of climate change on their business and what they are doing about.

    What the US president does not realize is he will be left out of many future conversations and there are two things this man detests – criticism and being ignored. He has chosen to move the US government away from the adult table. Fortunately, we are passed the tipping point on renewable energy with the continual decline in costs.


    • Excellent, positive statement regarding 45’s cavalier withdrawal from the Paris Accord, Keith. I will tuck in also: Many large US cities are also moving “forward with renewable energy and conservation.”

      As dangerous and embarrassing as Trump is, the rest of the world and many at home, are moving on without him. He becomes more irrelevant every day – still, I pray he doesn’t cross a line that we can’t deal with before he is gone.

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