Macron under fire: President ‘invented enemy to MANIPULATE’ EU public opinion

November 2, 2018 12:34 PM

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Macron under fire: President ‘invented enemy to MANIPULATE’ EU public opinion

EMMANUEL Macron has come under fire for comparing rising nationalism in Europe to “leprosy” with critics accusing the French President of trying to sow uncertainty and manipulate public opinion ahead of the upcoming European Parliament elections.

The latest clash come as Europe gears up for crunch parliamentary elections next May, which have already been billed as a battle between pro-EU progressives and anti-immigrant nationalists.

National and regional elections across Europe have seen a surge in support for far-right and green parties, at the expense of the traditional centre-right conservative and centre-left social democrat parties, a trend that is creating messier, harder-to-govern coalitions with conflicting interests.

Stéphane Séjourné, a top strategist in Mr Macron’s ruling La République en Marche (Republic on the Move) party, told Reuters last week that the EU election campaign will “shake up the system” by tapping into growing alienation among the mainstream left and right.

Source: express.co.uk

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