‘Macron could learn something’: Trump gets the last laugh on ‘America First’ after Paris burns

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.


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:

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.

Macron found fault with this line of thinking because he believes the world’s interests should always come first, even when those interests are backwards and make no sense.

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.


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