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Macron wants to build French-led new world order – but no-one is listening

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At the end of April, French President Macron received a standing ovation from the US Congress. At around the same time, he also had a phone call with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani who informed Macron the Iranian nuclear deal was “not negotiable.”

Approximately one week prior, he received similar treatment from the European Parliament as he did in Washington. Then, he went to Australia and the wider Pacific region, to try his hand at building a new Pacific relationship aimed at confronting China’s expanding influence.

But what has he achieved in doing so? And why is it that, despite all of his attempts to build a close relationship with the United States, France and America’s relationship is actually at an all-time low?

Despite the disturbing physical closeness of Trump and Macron, the blunt truth is that the two of them were pretty much diametrically opposed on almost every major issue at their meeting in April. Take Macron’s position on the Iran nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), for example. While addressing the United States Congress in English, Macron insisted that the JCPOA be preserved, while at the same time hinting that there could be tweaks or complementary agreements to address the concerns of the Trump administration.

Apparently, Trump was having none of it. Now, of course, we all know how that story ended, with the complete sabotage of what was widely regarded as a workable agreement which saw heavy compliance from the West’s Iranian counterparts.

In fact, Macron’s entire speech at the time was a complete criticism of everything Donald J. Trump stands for. In other words, Trump and Macron can kiss and hug as much as they like, but nothing can actually change the reality of the Trump administration’s foreign policy agenda.

Now, France’s foreign minister warned that Macron was prepared to “respond” to US moves in the Middle East, following the........

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