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Macron’s lack of Christmas greetings sparks outrage

While most European heads of state have sent their wishes on Christmas, the silence of Emmanuel Macron has not gone unnoticed.

Published: December 28, 2019, 5:41 am

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    It is however a customary greeting in other countries. Every year, leaders from around the world send Christmas wishes to their compatriots. The French President, for his part, did not this year, triggering a wave of indignation.

    Macron, who left for Fort Brégançon with his wife Brigitte to spend the end of year celebrations there, did not send a Christmas message to the nation.

    Several elected officials of the National Rally (RN) and Republicans (LR) have expressed themselves on this subject on social networks.

    Thus, for Nadine Morano, MEP LR, the President of the Republic is very critical of France abroad, and “to love and honor its traditions, its Christian roots is too difficult”.

    Member of the RN Jordan Bardella, a MEP, said: “Whenever Emmanuel Macron addresses the French, it is either contemptuous or to announce bad news.” He recorded a video on the issue. “Christmas is a moment that is priceless for millions of people, whether they are Christians or not, it is part of a heritage that the President of the Republic is supposed to protect,” he argued.

    “We are very happy that he regularly celebrates on his social networks the breaking of the fast, the end of Ramadan, but we would like him to do it for traditions that are included in the calendar,” he also added. For him, not wishing the French a “Merry Christmas” when you are the president of the nation, obviously “means something”.

    The same reasoning was used by Fabien Lombard, departmental secretary for Debout la France. “When you know Emmanuel Macron’s potential in terms of communication, you cannot think for a moment that the absence of Christmas wishes is a simple omission. Or an omission so revealing that it is worth all the words in the world to describe a state of affairs,” he tweeted.

    The elected representative of the RN Gilles Pennelle Breton, meanwhile, broadcast a message from the French President dating from 2017 in which he speaks on Iftar, end of the day meal during Ramadan for Muslims.

    In addition, many anonymous people were also indignant when they learned about this, notably when the friendly wishes on video of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson or those of American President Donald Trump are viewed in this context.

    Others preferred to laugh: “It would seem that Emmanuel Macron wished a Merry Christmas to all French people: a greeting card was sent to Bernard Arnault, François Pinault, Xavier Niel, the Peugeot family, Jacques Servier, Jean-Claude Decaux or Vincent Bolloré,” quipped a netizen.

    Based on the annual ranking of the American magazine Forbes, these names represent the richest people in France.

    Contacted by the HuffPost, the Élysée has not yet commented on the absence of a message. In 2018 and 2017, the President and his wife had wished Merry Christmas to the French on social networks.

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