France’s right-wing attacked Emmanuel Macron’s words in Lyon yesterday, calling him a “blissful globalist”. That was due to comments he made during his speech, saying “there is not a French culture, there is a culture in France and it is diverse .”
The former Rothchild banker and En Marche! candidate for the presidential election, Emmanuel Macron, caused strong reactions from Republican and Front National members over his choice of words during a speech in Lyon this weekend.
Lawyer Gilbert Collard, secretary general of the Rassemblement Bleu Marine, was blunt with his attack, tweeting “a bank account has never written anything.”
Pour Macron la culture française n’existe pas: c’est sûr, un compte en banque n’a jamais écrit les “Misérables” ni la Bourse “Germinal” ! pic.twitter.com/XShgya9SyO
— Gilbert Collard (@GilbertCollard) February 5, 2017
Candidate of the Republicans (LR) for the council in Lyon, Anne Lore, criticized the “blissful globalism” of the former minister of the Economy and worried that “the identity [of France]” is put “in the dungeons “.
“Il n’y a pas de culture française” dit #Macron ! mondialisme béat, identité aux oubliettes = pur produit des 30 dernières années
— AnneLorne ن (@LorneAnne) February 4, 2017
Senator Philippe Dallier (LR) felt that such a position reflected the leanings of a “communitarian left”.
@itele C’est du Terra Nova dans toute sa splendeur. La gauche des bobos et du communautarisme avance masquée mais c’est toujours la même.
— Philippe Dallier (@philippedallier) February 5, 2017
The president of the Christian Democratic Party, Christine Boutin, using the hashtag “#defendYourFrenchCultureAgainstMacron”, highlighted what she saw as reflective of French culture.
— Rose du Jardin (@rosesouslapluie) February 5, 2017
French media also took the insult to heart, with Le Figaro writing “The former Minister of Economy joins this ultra-liberal fringe of the economic world who thinks that a product is French even if it is manufactured in China or elsewhere.”
Macron has seen much success in recent polls, thanks largely to the case of François Fillon and allegations he paid his wife taxpayer money for a job she didn’t do. At a time when Fillon (and his voters) are still very much in dispute over his future, it doesn’t seem the wisest choice to offend the right-wing.