"Without reform, EU is headed for Frexit" – Macron
The “dysfunctional” European Union requires some in depth reform, or France could head for the door, French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron said a week before the second election round.
Macron, who has positioned himself as a “pro-EU” candidate throughout his campaign, has taken a somewhat Euroskeptic stance as the race enters its final week.
“I’m a pro-European. I defended constantly during this election the European idea and European policies because I believe it’s extremely important for French people and for the place of our country in globalization,” Macron told the BBC.
“But at the same time, we have to face the situation, to listen to our people, and to listen to the fact that they are extremely angry today, impatient, and the dysfunction of the EU is no more sustainable.”
If the EU continues its current policies, it won’t only hurt “globalization,” but will be a “betrayal,” and “the day after, we will have a Frexit, or we will have National Front (FN) again,” Macron stated, adding that he would dedicate “his mandate… to reform in depth the European Union and our European project.”
While Macron called his party “the only pro-European political force in France,” he described himself as “neither pro-European, Euroskeptic, nor a federalist in the classical sense.”
Macron also strongly condemned Brexit, saying that it had paved the way for the UK to become a “vassal” of the US