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Macron criticizes ‘waking up’ EU language rules

French President Emmanuel Macron criticize European Commission for “waking up to nonsense” a week after it withdrew controversial internal language rules following outcry from politicians.

Mr Macron lashed out at the European Union’s executive body in a speech at the Jacques Delors Institute in Paris and called for it to focus on “recovery, power and belonging”.

“ONE Europe that explains to people the words they should or shouldn’t say is not a Europe that I fully follow,” said Mr Macron, reporting Telegraph. “It’s basically meaningless.”

Mr. Macron said that the sense of European identity had “withered” in France as well as European countries. He said people needed to “declare this Europe to remain our own”.

His scathing attack comes a week after the European Commission was forced to withdraw from its internals language guide which recommends that officials use inclusive language such as “festival season” instead of Christmas and use sexist terms instead of “artificial” and “sir.”

But it reminded backlash after references to Christmas and “Christian names” were deemed attempts to “cancel the celebration of Christmas.”

Criticizing the guide, former president of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani said: “Integrating does not mean denying our Christian roots. [the EU]”, Mr. Tajani. He added that the EU was waging the war based on “common sense”.

Helena Dalli, the European Commissioner responsible for equality, had to issue an apology. She previously tweeted a photo of herself with the instructions on October 26 and expressed pride in giving out the instructions.

She said the initiative was aimed at “illustrating the diversity of European culture and embodying its inclusive nature” and that it was not yet a “mature document” that clearly needed work. more than.

Mr. Macron’s comments come ahead of the presidential election in April even as the incumbent president has yet to announce his candidacy. But he was supposed to run again.

Candidate Valérie Pécresse of the far-right Les Républicains party took off her hat to the nomination Saturday and far-right populist Marine Le Pen kicked off her election campaign.

Mr. Macron has so far refrained from making political statements about the debate awakeningism that the right and the far right are using to gain political advantage ahead of elections. But Mr. Macron’s education minister has launched a think tank “Laboratory of the Republic” to combat “awakenism” and de-culture.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/emmanuel-macron-woke-eu-language-rules-b1971906.html Macron criticizes ‘waking up’ EU language rules

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