Something is happening with French leader Emmanuel Macron, and no one is quite sure what it is at this stage. Recall Macron commenting bizarrely after the Paris shooting that terrorism was an “imponderable problem” which will be “part of our daily lives for years to come.” That statement could be interpreted as Macron washing his hands of all responsibility for future jihad attacks that are certain to come to France as a result of lax immigration policy.
But could Macron be experiencing some kind of shift now, or is he just plain confused? Recently, during the G-20 photo session, Macron was pictured here creating a comical scene to stand beside President Trump; and now, he has stunned his leftist comrades with a politically incorrect statement about a “civilizational” problem in Africa. He even stated:
“As of today, spending billions of dollars outright would stabilise nothing,” he concluded, having also cited arms-smuggling, drug- and human-trafficking, and Islamic terrorismas issues beyond simple poverty which might be hobbling Africa.
Why stop now? Macron might as well come out and admit the catastrophic “civilizational” problem that is destroying Europe: the war being waged by jihadists (violent and stealth) against infidel France and other democracies. It’s a bigger global problem than picking on how many children Africans are having.
“Macron: Africa Needs Fewer Children, Not Aid”, by Jack Montgomery, Breitbart , July 11, 2017:
French president Emmanuel Macron has stunned his left-liberal admirers by saying that Africa does not need more aid, as its problems are “civilisational” rather than financial.
Macron, who has won plaudits from establishment broadcasters and media outlets by positioning himself as a counter-weight to President Donald Trump’s conservative, populist-leaning administration in the U.S., triggered a furious response when he made the comments at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.
Asked by an Ivory Coast journalist how many G20 members would be willing to commit to an African Marshall Plan – referring to the post-war reconstruction funding programme for Europe – the Frenchman surprised listeners by saying he did not think this would be a viable solution to Africa’s problems.
“The Marshall Plan was a reconstruction plan, a material plan [for a stable region],” he said.
“The problems Africa faces are completely different … and are civilisational,” he went on.
“What are the problems? Failed states, complex democratic transitions, and extremely difficult demographic transitions.”
Macron was uncharacteristically direct in clarifying what these “demographic transitions” might be later on in his remarks, chiding countries which “have seven or eight children per woman”.
It is likely the Frenchman had in mind countries such as Niger, where at least 50 per cent of the population are reported to be 14 or under.
“As of today, spending billions of dollars outright would stabilise nothing,” he concluded, having also cited arms-smuggling, drug- and human-trafficking, and Islamic terrorism as issues beyond simple poverty which might be hobbling Africa.
The denunciation of Macron’s comments by left-liberal commentators was ferocious, with the remarks branded “racist” and familiar talking points centred on colonialism and slavery being advanced.
His assessment was not entirely new, however, with economists such as the Tanzanian-born, Oxford- and Harvard-education Dambisa Moyo arguing that foreign aid has become an industry with its own vested interests which harms rather than helps Africa in tracts like Dead Aid…..