Ankara, Turkey – French political scientist’s stunning Eastern Mediterranean assessment from Saint-Prot: Macron makes mistakes, doesn’t realise he’s making much of the world laugh”
French President Emmanuel Macron, who has backed Greece in the Eastern Mediterranean and has escalated tensions, has received harsh criticism from his own country. “Macron is far from representing France, his attitude is very dangerous and encourages Greece and Cyprus (the Greek Cypriot Administration) to raise the pressure,” said Charles Saint-Prot, a French political scientist and Director General of the Observatory for Geopolitical Studies in Paris. He also criticised Macron’s support of Greece over the Eastern Mediterranean, saying Macron is using Turkey to show he is strong, unaware that he is making much of the world laugh.” said.
Charles Saint-Prot, a French political scientist and Director General of the Paris Observatory for Geopolitical Studies, said: “Macron is making a mistake by supporting Greece in the Eastern Mediterranean. France’s interests should not be at stake here. Macron is making a mistake by supporting one country and standing up to the other.” said.
Saint-Prot evaluated developments in the Eastern Mediterranean and French President Emmanuel Macron’s initiatives in the Eastern Mediterranean.
“Macron is far from representing France, his attitude is very dangerous and encourages Greece and Cyprus (the Greek administration) to raise the pressure.”the French President’s anti-Turkey policy on many issues is contrary to France’s political traditions,” Saint-Prot said.
Saint-Prot pointed out that France, which has made many concessions to Russian President Vladimir Putin, has been tough on President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
“Macron belongs to a generation that does not know history after 1968, has no history consciousness, and puts emotion before (universal) reason. But emotion is not a good guide in politics.”it is curious how Greece will pay for the 18 Rafale-type fighter jets it will buy from France,” Saint-Prot said.
“There will be no armed conflict between France and Turkey. Macron’s position makes Washington, London and Berlin laugh. These are important capitals. Western countries do not understand Macron’s position.”he made his assessment.
“It is good that Macron is not angry with the Turkish people,” Saint-Prot said, referring to the French President’s remarks that “we must be open and tough against the Erdogan government, not the Turkish people.” Macron wants to show his muscle where he doesn’t have muscle. Macron is using Turkey to show he is strong, not realising he is making much of the world laugh.” said.
Saint-Prot pointed out that Macron speaks like the far-right on these issues.
“Foreign policy (in France) is not the way to win elections,” said Saint-Prot, who called Macron’s targeting of Turkey a seriousness. Macron is on the wrong track. Elections may be the reason Macron is pursuing politics against Turkey.”made the comments.
Saint-Prot said it was not normal for the president to try to get Europe behind him to hide his country’s shortcomings.
Macron has not consulted anyone on foreign policy, Saint-Prot said.:
“Macron knows nothing about the Mediterranean. On the one hand, the powers that do not have a Mediterranean coast and the countries that do not have a job here, Russia, the United Arab Emirates and the United States, should not be supported and on the other hand, a Mediterranean country (Turkey) should not be made an enemy. France should try to negotiate with Turkey. There may be disagreements, but right now Macron and the French government have a grudge against the Turks. This is incomprehensible and not befitting France’s role in the Mediterranean.”
“Macron is making a mistake by supporting Greece in the Eastern Mediterranean,” Saint-Prot said, stressing that France should not fuel the fire in the Eastern Mediterranean and should be in favour of constructive dialogue. France’s interests should not be at stake here. Macron is making a mistake by supporting one country and standing up to the other. By doing so, France loses its chance to become the country that chooses dialogue and brings the parties closer together.”he made his assessment.