How “Macron’s mission” aims to shape France’s foreign policy

Newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron has swept into power under a banner discounting “imported neoconservatism” in France. Now as the young head of state sets out to realign the troubled EU, all eyes are focused on what his mission will entail.

In the below analysis by Global Research, a Canada-based think tank, the result of France’s election is distilled down to this: “the EU won the French election, in the person of Emmanuel Macron.”

Similar to Obama’s victorious campaign in the US, Macron won on the promise of hope — hope that the EU can make due on its social contract to provide economic and political protection to its people. But trade imbalances and unregulated internal competition have reduced trust among EU member states. Macron will aim to patch up these grievances as he works to convince Germany to move from austerity to prosperity measures.

This can be seen clearly on the peripheries of the EU, in Greece. Macron has long been a champion of anti-austerity measures, and he plans to lead a charge to employ a more lenient  policy by collecting less debt when Greece is in the economic doldrums, and more when the country regains is strength.

On Syria, Macron has broken away from his predecessors and the US, declaring that democracy cannot be a panacea forced upon nations from the outside. This suggests that France could be more open to finding a compromise with Assad.

On the Ukraine-Russia crisis, he appears to be taking an ambiguious stance, in a move that could see the issue fall into a semi-permanent abeyance.

In the Gulf, considering the large-scale investments Qatar has in France — including a Champs-Elysees shopping mall and the Lido cabaret — Macron could end up being be a strong supporter of the ostracized nation, as the outlook for any particular resolution to its row with four Arab nations looks increasingly unlikely.