French President Emmanuel Macron was reelected Sunday night in a very tight election. With preliminary numbers coming in with him taking 57% of the vote, he took the opportunity to celebrate with his team and supporters. President Biden talked to a few reporters after returning from a weekend trip to Delaware and detailed how his unsuccessful attempt to reach the globalist went.
“I feel good about the French election. I tried to talk to him last night. I spoke to his staff, and he was at the Eiffel Tower having a good time. And I’m going to be talking to him today.” His congratulatory message on Twitter on Sunday evening read very similarly to his statement to the press. “Congratulations to @EmmanuelMacron on his re-election. France is our oldest ally and a key partner in addressing global challenges. I look forward to our continued close cooperation — including on supporting Ukraine, defending democracy, and countering climate change.”
Since taking office, Biden has had numerous difficulties getting his calls returned. North Korean leadership, the Crowned Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia, and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates all refused to return his calls. Russian leaders have been there when he has called, and they just refused to take his call.
Late Monday evening, Biden was successful in reaching Macron. According to the White House “He underscored the close and enduring relations between the United States and France, our oldest ally, based on shared democratic values, economic ties, and security cooperation. President Biden conveyed his readiness to continue working closely with President Macron on our shared global priorities.” While this message is nothing more than a dressed-up message of congratulations, Biden at least was able to make contact this time.
Macron’s opposition in this election was a populist named Marine Le Pen. Le Pen has been classified as a very far-right candidate, and a stooge for Russian President Vladimir Putin (which sounds like a familiar twist). Coming from a family heavily involved in French politics, Le Pen was able to fair much better than her father Jean-Marie Le Pen did in earlier rounds of the 2022 elections. At that point, he was only able to garner 18% of the vote and did not move on.
Naturally, the left has been spreading the stories of demonstrations of the people protesting the elections. Calling them riotous and violent, these protests have largely been peaceful, with people believing that the election was stolen from them and demanding that ballots be reexamined. Much like elections in the U.S., there isn’t much that will come of these protests. If for no other reason than the lack of effort that officials will put into fixing things.
For President Biden, this means another European lackey who will occasionally talk to him and listen to his nonsensical ramblings, but who won’t do much to help the U.S. While France may be the oldest ally of the U.S., it has not been a contributing asset to our success in decades. We bailed them out greatly in WWII, and while they have never forgotten this, their nation has no defense. This means more reliance on NATO and U.S. resources to maintain their safety and security.
Hopefully, Biden doesn’t go on too many odd rants to Macron and scare him off. Despite their lack of contributions to global security, the U.S. needs to try to keep friends at this point. Far too many powerful leaders think Biden isn’t worth their time, and ally or foe, that kind of response is not healthy for the U.S.