Davos 2018: French president calls for powerful Europe in climate change appeal

26 January, 2018, 02:55 | Author: Christina Harvey
  • US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin

One of Macron's first acts as president was to launch an worldwide competition for grants to pursue climate science projects in France.

Mr Macron at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland said that "We've also chose to make France a model in the fight against climate change". "We will never have French success without European success".

The French president prefaced his speech to the World Economic Forum by commenting on the irony of holding a summit on globalisation in the inaccessible ski resort, which has been snow-bound much of the week.

The United States insisted yesterday it was not turning its back on the world as President Donald Trump prepared to sell his "America First" message to sceptical fellow leaders in Davos. The French President believes that European countries should coordinate their tax policies "because otherwise, talents will disappear".

Macron, quickly dubbed the "Darling of Davos", used his speech Wednesday to urge a new definition of the capitalist order, saying globalisation in its current form was not working as intended and needed recalibrating to stave off populism.

He said the world was fractured due to a less equitable growth.




"I was your guest at Bastille Day, and it was one of the greatest parades I've ever seen", Trump told Macron during another bilateral meeting in NY last fall ahead of the United Nations General Assembly.

"We have decided to make France a model in the fight against climate change", he said.

Trump, during his 2016 campaign for the presidency, had rejected the idea of holding state dinners, feeling they were an expensive waste of time.

Independent Co UK French President Emmanuel Macron has pledged to shut all of his country's coal-fired power plants by 2021.

"It just means that President Trump is looking out for American interests, no different than other leaders look out for their own", he added.

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