A few short sentences that provoke a lively controversy. During his televised address, Monday August 16, on the situation in Afghanistan, where the Taliban have regained power, Emmanuel Macron said he wanted to carry a European initiative aimed at “protect significant irregular migratory flows “ who “feed trafficking of all kinds”. “Europe alone cannot shoulder the consequences of the current situation”, also affirmed the Head of State during his intervention, while ensuring that “France is doing and will continue to do its duty to protect those who are most threatened”.
A severity which seems to have shocked part of the population. In a few hours, the hashtag #EmmanuelLePen, in reference to the last name of the leader of the far-right Rassemblement national party, rose to second place among the subjects discussed on Twitter in France. Several politicians have also reacted, like the socialist Audrey Pulvar, believing that with this remark, “the right remains right”.
Yesterday the Syrians fleeing the fascist regime of Assad, compared to a “water leak” which would invade our house. #Sarkozy
Today the Afghans fleeing the fascist Taliban regime, compared to “irregular migratory flows”.#Macron
The right remains right. #Afghanistan
– Audrey PULVAR (@AudreyPulvar) August 16, 2021
“Disgusting”, said Nathalie Arthaud, spokesperson for Lutte Ouvrière, also on the social network. “France must take its part”, meanwhile estimated Julien Bayou, national secretary of EELV.
#Macron “we must protect ourselves against irregular migratory flows”
And the asylum? And these children, these women, these men who flee from horror?
– Julien Bayou (@julienbayou) August 16, 2021
The head of state reacted at the end of the evening to the emerging controversy, believing that some wanted “hijack” his comments. “France is doing and will continue to do its duty to protect those who are most threatened”, he once again promised.
What I said this evening about Afghanistan and that some want to hijack: France is doing and will continue to do its duty to protect those who are most threatened. pic.twitter.com/nhjUdjHlvO
– Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) August 16, 2021