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Macron Warns of Spreading Nationalism

Macron Warns of Spreading NationalismMacron Warns of Spreading Nationalism

French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday likened rising nationalism and anti-migrant sentiment in Europe to “leprosy”. On a visit to Brittany three days before a meeting of European leaders to try to resolve the continent’s migrant crisis, Macron urged the French not to give into anti-EU sentiment, AFP reported. “I’m saying to you in the gravest terms: Many hate it [Europe] but they have hated it for a long time, and now you see them [nationalists] rise, like leprosy, all around Europe, in countries where we thought that they would never reappear.” These included “friends and neighbors” who “say the worst things and we become used to it,” he added. Macron did not say to whom he was referring but France and Italy traded barbs in the past 10 days over Rome’s refusal to take in a boatload of migrants rescued in the Mediterranean. The 629 passengers onboard the Aquarius were also rejected by Malta before being taken in by Spain in a case which shone attention on mounting anti-migrant sentiment in Europe.

 

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