France is 'SICK MAN OF EUROPE' - Macron's record in power SLATED by Conservative rival

The hardline right-winger accused the centrist of “isolating France,” adding the self-proclaimed europhile had failed to impose himself on the EU scene after 21 months in power. “If France wants to reform Europe, it must first be able to stand on its own two feet. Our catastrophic economic management, our inability to reform ourselves and reduce public spending make France the sick man of Europe,” Mr Wauquiez said in an open letter to the French published in Le Monde newspaper. “If France wants to reform Europe, it must clean its own house first,” he insisted.

The conservative also dismissed calls by Mr Macron for greater European integration, saying there was “another path for Europe”.

He continued: “For us to have a future, we cannot continue to persist, faster and further, with what has failed. We need to find another path… We must exclude new enlargement. Europe has lost its coherence and capacity for action.”

Mr Wauquiez then slammed Mr Macron’s “sterile” European approach: “In two years, Mr Macron has failed to make any real progress on the European scene … and – worse – France has rarely been so isolated.” 

He also accused his centrist rival of dumbing down the European debate and turning the upcoming parliamentary elections into a “binary choice” between “pro-Europeans and anti-Europeans; progressives and nationalists; saviours and destroyers”. 

Framing the May vote as a “Manichean” duel between europhiles and eurosceptics “is a great danger to our democracy and to Europe,” he warned.

“Mr Macron is turning a blind eye to the impasse in which Europe currently finds itself… The French are not against Europe, they are against what it has become. They do not want to leave Europe, they want to change Europe… But they are being told to choose between more Europe, or no Europe at all.”

Mr Wauquiez’s right-wing Les Républicains (LR) party is currently polling third, behind Mr Macron’s centrist La République en Marche (LREM) and far-right chief Marine Le Pen’s Rassemblement national (RN), ahead of the crunch vote.  

Mr Macron, for his part, called for a new Europe in a newspaper column published last week in each of the 28 member states in which he laid out his ideas for a “European Renaissance” ahead of the EU elections.

Calling the vote “decisive” and warning of a Europe in danger, his words were intended as a wake-up call for the bloc as he seeks to push ambitious and fundamental reform of the EU. 

“In a few weeks, the European elections will be decisive for the future of our continent. Europe has never been as necessary since World War Two as it is now and yet never has Europe been in such danger,” Mr Macron wrote.

“Retreating into nationalism offers nothing; it is rejection without an alternative. And this is the trap that threatens the whole of Europe: the anger mongers, backed by fake news, promise anything and everything.”

“We need to do more and faster, because there is another trap: the trap of the status quo and resignation. Faced with major crises in the world, citizens so often ask, ‘Where is Europe? What is Europe doing?’ To them it has become a soulless market,” he continued. 

France’s 41-year-old leader has repeatedly framed the May vote as a battle between anti-immigrant nationalists and pro-EU progressives like himself.

The elections are shaping up as a fundamental showdown about the future of Europe, with far-right, nationalist parties in countries like Italy, France and Hungary determined to show through the vote that integration has gone too far and that Brussels must be stripped of some of its powers. 

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