Published: Thu, September 21, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Emmanuel Macron: French media are 'totally narcissistic'

Emmanuel Macron: French media are 'totally narcissistic'

Contrary to US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, French President Emmanuel Macron, in his speech to the United Nations General Assembly in NY, defended the nuclear agreement reached between Iran and six world powers, including the USA, and hailed it as a "solid, robust and verifiable" way to ensure the Islamic Republic does not also arm itself with nuclear weapons.

"The two men, who had a warm exchange on Monday ahead of a bilateral meeting, appear to have little in common on paper, but since his election in May, Macron, 39, has nurtured a close relationship with the 71-year-old businessman-turned-politician who entered the White House eight months ago".

But it also underscores just how simple-minded Trump's view of foreign policy is.

"I am at the United Nations and a journalist offered to do an interview on my diplomatic policy, and I did it", Macron said.

On Iran, he said the global agreement reached in July 2015 between Tehran and the six countries of Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the U.S. was a "solid, robust agreement that verifies that Iran will not build a nuclear weapon". He reiterated his critical views of the 2015 deal lifting sanctions against Iran in exchange for curbing its nuclear programme, calling it an "embarrassment". "I didn't understand it", Macron later told reporters.

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President Donald Trump was apparently so inspired by France's Bastille Day parade that he has proposed holding a similar event in the USA next July 4.

The president's infatuation with military parades dates back to at least December, when emails obtained by the Huffington Post revealed that his team had explored - and ultimately rejected - the idea of including military vehicles in his inaugural parade.

"We'll see if we can do it this year", he said.

During his United Nations address earlier on Monday, Trump again bashed the P5+1 (US, Russia, UK, France, China - plus Germany and the European Union) agreement with Tehran, which was signed under the Obama administration, describing it as an "embarrassment to the US".

Citing the fate of a compatriot on St. Martin, whose house was destroyed by Hurricane Irma which recently devastated the Caribbean island, Macron underscored the vital importance of the 2015 Paris Agreement limiting the emission of global warming greenhouse gases, recognising the United States decision to leave it, but adding that "the door will always be open" for the USA to return. The IAEA says its inspectors have found Iran in technical compliance with the restrictions imposed on its nuclear program, but it is for the deal signatories to decide if the accord is broken.

In his own way, the American president said he wanted his parade to be bigger and better than he had seen in France. I will make it live. Macron's suggestions came in response to the US argument that Iran has broken the spirit of the nuclear deal by continuing to develop ballistic missiles and to fund and train "terrorist" groups around the Middle East. 'Sunset clauses' They would also address what US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson calls the "most glaring flaw" in the deal - the so-called "sunset clauses" that will allow Iran to resume uranium enrichment in stages after 2025.

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