French Pres. Macron: Iran Deal 'No Longer Enough' For Regional Stability

Frederick Owens
September 24, 2017

As an European Union country and a permanent member of the UN Security Council, France has been a vocal supporter of the nuclear agreement. "Look at the activities of Hezbollah and Iran's pressure on Syria", he said. "And I think we really, we're looking forward to doing that".

Israel sees Iran as its most unsafe adversary because of its nuclear program, development of long-range missiles and support for militant groups in the region.

An Odoxa survey for L'express, France inter radio and regional newspapers said Macron collecting 44 percent of positive rating in September, sharply down from 58 percent of favorable opinions reported in June.

The move to give bosses and workers more freedom to negotiate was "unprecedented" in French post-war history, he said.

Macron's idea of the eurozone being able to borrow money collectively is also acutely sensitive in Germany, while his proposal for a eurozone parliament has few takers at present.

Mr. Macron recommended adding "two or three pillars" to the present accord, noting that these measures should include "one to better control ballistic missiles and ballistic activities" and another to prolong the agreement beyond 2025, when limits on Iran's nuclear enrichment will start to expire.

"That President Trump thinks that this agreement is not flawless and doesn't protect enough is an argument that I can hear, but I asked him what was his alternative proposal".

"I've always thought of that", he said.

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"If she allies with the liberals, I'm dead", Le Monde newspaper recently quoted Macron as telling a visitor to the Elysee Palace.

"We have an exemplary relationship with the United States in fighting terrorism in Africa and the Middle East", Macron said.

"The US is a very great contributor in terms (of carbon emissions)", Macron said.

He also put emphasis on freedom of expression, and called for a UN Special Representative for the protection of journalists across the world.

The French president also plans a meeting on the spread of extremism and threat of radicalisation through social media and across the internet. "We need, we must change the road of need to the road of freedom".

"Syrian people have now suffered enough at the global community to not acknowledge its collective failure", Macron said. "We must condemn the ethnic purification, which is underway, and act".

And finally, he called for the protection of journalists.

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