Remember when Emmanuel Macron went to America? It was all hugs and kisses and one of the most unlikely political bromances certainly of this year. However, as the Beautiful South once famously sang, promises, promises turn to dust and wedding bells just turn to rust.
He hadn’t even exited the plane and The Donald was pulling no punches – Macron’s call for a ‘true EU Army’ was slammed as “very insulting”. In a reply and in a move that is downright disgusting, Macron replied by delivering a highly politicised Armistice Day address. Addressing world leaders including Trump and President Putin, he said: “By saying ‘our interests first and never mind the others’ you stamp out the most precious thing a nation has – its moral values. Angela Merkel joined the chorus of criticism of “blinkered” nationalism which she said is “on the rise in Europe”.
Clearly, since Donald Trump has nailed his colours more strikingly to the mast and praised the populist government in Italy especially he has fallen far from Mr Macrons favour almost as quickly as Macron has fallen from grace with the French people.