France

Military thrust in pursuit of ‘greatness’

Print edition : March 16, 2018

President Emmanuel Macron reviews troops before delivering his New Year wishes to the armed forces on the French warship Dixmude at the naval base in Toulon on January 19. Photo: JEAN-PAUL PELISSIER/REUTERS

Policemen and soldiers patrol Trocadero Square in Paris in September 2017 as part of Operation Sentinelle, which has reinforced the normalisation of a visible, enduring military presence. Photo: LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP

Labour union workers attend a demonstration to protest against Carrefour’s (a French multinational retailer) plans to cut 2,400 jobs in France, at Carrefour Hypermarket store in Montreuil, near Paris on February 5. Photo: REGIS DUVIGNAU/REUTERS

President Emmanuel Macron blasts the bugle for compulsory national service and a giant hike in military spending. Although couching the message in a register more nuanced and eloquent than that favoured by his Washington counterpart, Macron is at one with Donald Trump in his quest for a return to national “greatness”.
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