France’s Macron slams temptation of ‘intolerant democracy’ in Europe

STRASBOURG (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday urged Europeans to defend their mannequin of liberal democracy within the face of rising autocratic regimes world wide and “intolerant democracies” contained in the European Union.

French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech earlier than a debate on the Way forward for Europe on the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, April 17, 2018. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler

“Within the face of authoritarianism, the response will not be authoritarian democracy however the authority of democracy,” Macron informed the European Parliament in Strasbourg, in a thinly veiled reference to governments in Poland and Hungary.

Reporting by Alastair Macdonald and Michel Rose; Modifying by Alastair Macdonald

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