Roughly three weeks after French President Emmanuel Macron rebuked President Donald Trump for being a proud nationalist in early November, the people of France protested and rioted to let him know how they felt about his globalist vision for their country.
Approximately 36,000 French citizens stormed the Arc de Triomphe monument last Saturday to protest the French president’s plan to institute exorbitant carbon taxes that would skyrocket their gas prices but somehow help the global battle against so-called climate change.
Watch scenes from the riots below:
What made this protest and riot relevant to Macron’s U.S. counterpart was the location. It was at the Arc de Triomphe that the French president delivered a speech on Nov. 11 decrying Trump’s nationalism.
“Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism,” he said during a ceremony marketing the centenary of the end of World War I. “Nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism.”
“By saying our interests first, who cares about the others, we erase what a nation holds dearest, what gives it life, what makes it great and what is essential: its moral values.”
Listen to some of his speech below:
“I know there are old demons which are coming back to the surface. They are ready to wreak chaos and death,” he added. “History sometimes threatens to take its sinister course once again.”
He didn’t mention Trump by name, but it was clear to the world whom he’d been targeting.
The Slap Heard Around The World. ‘Nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism’ — Watch Emmanuel Macron rebuke Trump’s tough talk right to his face pic.twitter.com/MMEoKQKEKZ
— Tomthunkit™ (@TomthunkitsMind) December 6, 2018
France:s Macron has done what Americans have failed to do and that is condemn nationalism and indirectly call out Trump on his nationalidtic views. I stand with Macron.
— Bob Munoz (@bobmunoz) November 29, 2018
Macron takes an implicit dig at Trump, denouncing ‘nationalism’ as a betrayal of patriotism,, “Patriotism is the opposite of nationalism.” A selfish nation only looks after itself.
— Tomthunkit™ (@TomthunkitsMind) November 28, 2018
Macron’s rebuke of Trump’s embrace of Nationalism was spot on. Democracy’s world leaders are starting to ignore the valueless rantings of a malignant narcissistic liar. US news outlets might consider a similar approach.
— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) November 13, 2018
“Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism.”
French President Emmanuel Macron made an apparent jab at President Trump in Paris during the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. pic.twitter.com/cAMzQy3jpt
— AJ+ (@ajplus) November 12, 2018
Though Trump replied on Twitter by reminding Macron of his excessively low approval rating, the media rallied around the French president, praising him for standing up to the U.S. president.
Yet the French people’s reaction to the proposed fuel taxes makes it clear that their vision for France’s future coincides far more with Trump’s “American First” vision for the U.S. than it does with Macron’s “Everybody Else First” vision for France.
Macron agreed on Wednesday to abandon the fuel tax hike in response to the overwhelming backlash, but so far, tension remain high and more riots are expected.
Some found it ironic.
“I’m old enough to remember French President Macron lecturing Trump about the meaning of nationalism during his visit to honor the end of WWI 100 years ago. Only weeks later, the streets of Paris are burning. It seems Macron’s own citizens are giving him a lesson on globalism,” one critic noted.
Read this and other similar observations below:
I’m old enough to remember French President Macron lecturing Trump about the meaning of nationalism during his visit to honor the end of WWI 100 years ago. Only weeks later, the streets of Paris are burning. It seems Macron’s own citizens are giving him a lesson on globalism.
— thebradfordfile™ (@thebradfordfile) December 2, 2018
Emmanuel Macron essentially laughed at President Trump for his ‘America First’ policies a few weeks ago.
Paris is currently in flames.
— Ryan Fournier (@RyanAFournier) December 6, 2018
The MSM was praising Macron for the little jabs he took at Trump for his nationalism, that leftist globalist Macron was someone to be admired.
They didn’t mention his 26% approval rating & how the French are overwhelmingly REJECTING his globalist views
— Christine (@Tweets4DJT) December 2, 2018
Macron talked shit about nationalism
Now his country is rioting
is this the trump curse or just natural progression
— Christmas Cole (fuck china!) (@CaptainBanaNASA) December 6, 2018
Great synopsis of where the @realDonaldTrump /Macron feud has ended up: “Trump gets the last laugh on Macron with Paris burning after his rebuke of ‘America First'” https://t.co/BvGRd6NFVF So this is where Macron’s moral lecturing on “unpatriotic nationalism” has gotten him
— Chris K Eames (@Chris_K_Eames) December 6, 2018
A few weeks ago Macron was lecturing trump on patriotism vs nationalism and now he’s the center of almost a civil war, The EU was built to tear down the west, this was it’s TRUE purpose, to weaken the Nations of Europe with migrants.
— Nathan Henson (@Nathan63832205) December 5, 2018
Macron could learn something from Trump, take care of your people first and a little Nationalism wouldn’t hurt.
— Chuck Carlo (@ChuckCarlo4) December 4, 2018
Looks like the French know what nationalism is after all. Macron insulted our President just weeks ago and now he is losing his own people. Globalism is dead thanks to @realDonaldTrump
— Gina Haspell (@GHaspell) December 3, 2018
When Trump described himself as a believer in nationalism earlier this year, he meant that he believes a nation — any nation — should prioritize its interests over those of others.
This doesn’t mean a nation should be apathetic to the concerns of other nations, but rather that it should carefully consider how every decision made on the foreign stage will affect its own people.
But judging by the recent protests and riots in France, it appears he had to learn the hard way that sacrificing one’s own people on behalf of globalism sometimes comes with a very steep price.
Trump has last laugh on ‘America First’ after Macron gets owned like a bitch by his own country. https://t.co/gNV48cLwiD
— Joe Biggs (@Rambobiggs) December 6, 2018
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