Macron, support of the UN, it is good for Geneva

The arrival of Jean-Yves Le Drian, current minister of Defence, foreign Affairs is a good news for the Geneva international. The successor of Jean-Marc Ayrault has received the mission of why French diplomacy by strengthening its commitment to european institutions, international and multilateral.

On Tuesday, after his meeting with António Guterres, the first personality foreign received at the Elysée, Emmanuel Macron has seen fit to tweet on his official account: “To the sides of@antonioguterres to protect human rights. I will be an advocate for the UN and will serve the interests of France.” A reference to “human rights” which has something to delight and reassure Geneva. The disinterest of the administration to Trump for the Council of human rights posed a threat to the functioning of this un body exposed to contrary winds, the more experienced that supported by such powers as China or Russia.


Even if this support of the France of human rights is inscribed in the continuity, he announced that he was stronger. The consequences could be felt very quickly on sensitive issues such as the syrian crisis. On leaving the quai d’orsay, Jean-Marc Ayrault said his bitterness of not having been able to prevent what happened in Aleppo. Jean-Yves Le Drian is without a doubt who is the better informed of the reality on the ground. If France has claimed to have evidence that the syrian government was behind the chemical attack of 4 April on the city of Khan Cheikhoun, which caused 87 deaths, it is that the military, under his command, were able to obtain samples on-site to identify the toxic agent used.

Nicknamed the “Sword” under the Hollande presidency, the Breton, which will soon celebrate its 70 years, don’t get to make up the numbers. Difficult to time and anticipate what will be the relations with Moscow, which, in part, will be played in Geneva. Emmanuel Macron knows that he was not the candidate desired by the Kremlin, openly acquired to Marine Le Pen and François Fillon. But it seems resolved to carry out a policy. “We need to have a dialogue to be extremely demanding with Russia,” he said on the eve of the first round of the presidential election.

The new head of State appears to want to reconnect with what has been done in the past for the singularity of France on the international stage. Jean-Yves Le Drian will be able to immediately build on the strong relationships that he has woven in Afri

that and in the arab countries. This is not a novice who landed. At the head of the Ministry of defence for five years, the man has been at the forefront of evaluating new threats. Pillar of the fight against terrorism, it has also been the master of the profound reorganizations aimed to arm France for that she can do in the face of cyber-attacks and the actions of psychological warfare.

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Created: 18.05.2017, 17h48

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