(ANSA) – PARIS, AUG 24 – French President Emmanuel Macron appealed for unity, declaring that France faces “sacrifices” in a new era marked by climate change and instability caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which signal “the end of abundance”. “What we are going through is a great change”, warned the head of state in a speech to the Council of Ministers.
Referring to the war in Ukraine, Macron said that “our freedom-based system that we are used to living in can sometimes involve sacrifices when we have to defend it.” Addressing his ministerial cabinet in a speech broadcast on television, Macron spoke of a moment characterized by “a series of serious crises”, in the presence of which “our compatriots can react with great anxiety”.
“I expect the government to honor our word and the commitments we have made to the nation,” he added.
“What I hope can be done in the coming weeks and months is to reaffirm a very strong unity of the government, of the forces of the majority” around “a course that will allow us to consolidate our sovereignty, our French and European independence”, he said. continued. Faced with “the rise of illiberal regimes” and the “strengthening of authoritarian regimes”, the president called on ministers to be “serious”, “credible” and not to give in to the temptation of “demagogy”.
“It’s easy to promise anything, sometimes to say anything. Let’s not give in to these temptations, it’s that of demagogy.
It flourishes today in all democracies, in a complex and frightening world. It can always seem attractive to say what people want to hear. But first we must think and we must ask ourselves if it is effective and useful “, commented the head of the Elysée without giving concrete examples. (ANSA).