We are October 12 in the village hall of the Elysée. Emmanuel Macron has just presented the badge of Commander of the Legion of Honor to his former mentor, Jean-Pierre Chevènement, the only political figure to follow the young president in a party, in the late 1990s, which he voted for on April 21, 2002. figure who marked fifty years of national political life, one of the leaders of the old anti-Atlantic left, but also a convinced Russophile, awarded the Order of Friendship by Vladimir Putin in 2017, as France’s “special representative” for Russia.
That is why Emmanuel Macron dug up several anecdotes about it that day before a meeting of politicians and ambassadors his transition to the civil movement. It also elevates that free spirit that, of “Belfry in Moscow”has taken the values of the Republic to the highest level and ensures that those for whom Chevènement “I love Russia a little too much (…) misunderstand [les] swings » from male. Could this chevénementist matrix, apart from the personal tribute, be one of the keys to understanding Emmanuel Macron’s puzzling diplomacy since the beginning of the conflict started by Russia in Ukraine nearly ten months ago?
His diplomatic “at the same time” is a mystery. He harasses the diplomats on the Quai d’Orsay and unnerves his European and American partners. War is back in Europe, and the French president’s obstinacy in talks with his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky, and also with Vladimir Putin is robbing some of the continent’s capitals, notably Warsaw, Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius, Helsinki and Stockholm. At regular intervals, Emmanuel Macron undermines the close relations established with Mr Zelensky, sweating the Ukrainian diplomats in Paris responsible for clearing up any new misunderstanding.
On February 7, 2022, before the outbreak of the Russian offensive and with US intelligence predicting an imminent attack, Macron surprised his world by traveling to Moscow for a desperate attempt at mediation. Insult: he prefers to go alone through Ukraine until the next day, where his visit had long been hoped anyway. During the flight between Moscow and Kiev, he describes the commitments Mr Putin allegedly made in his presence the day before: not to attack Ukraine, to withdraw the troops stationed in Belarus for what the Kremlin still presents as “exercises” …
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