Macron presents France's foreign policy priorities

  • Michaela Ceklová
  • 31.8.2017 10:03

On August 28, French President Emmanuel Macron said that the main priority of French foreign policy is the fight against terrorism.

He specified that during his presidency the fight against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq will be the top priority of French diplomacy and that he will organise an international summit in Paris early next year to deal with the issue of terrorism financing. He also wants to push Iran to stick to the nuclear agreement in exchange for a further relaxing of sanctions, as well as Israel, where France holds the position of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Another priority area is Africa, primarily due to migration, President Macron has even set up a new presidential council for Africa to address the challenges Africa is facing. France maintains a relatively close relationship with its former colonies, so by prioritising Africa Macron confirms his commitment to the continent. Concerning the EU, he identified strengthening and deepening of the Eurozone as a priority, preferring a two-speed Europe, same as German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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