On November 6, French President Nicolas Sarkozy arrives in Washington for a working dinner and meeting with President Bush. Sarkozy is an unabashed admirer of the United States and is rethinking traditional French foreign policy on a number of issues, including Iran, Iraq, NATO, the Middle East, and the European Union.
Within France, Sarkozy emphasizes the need for the French to work more and harder and is facing down challenges from striking workers seeking to scuttle his ambitious reforms. In this exclusive excerpt of the preface from Sarkozy’s newly revised and updated book, Testimony, translated by Brookings Senior Fellow Philip Gordon, Sarkozy outlines his ambitious reforms.
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[The "yellow vest" protesters are] working people and lower-middle-class people mostly because you have seen a wage stagnation in most of these European countries and unemployment across the board. It becomes a question of social justice and dignity.
The French might have been presumptuous, or a bit too clever, in seeing Trump only as an opportunity. It comes with a cost. The cost being the division of Europe... [Trump's] clear favoritism [for nationalist-led countries like Poland, Hungary, and Italy can exacerbate divisions within Europe]... Macron wants to be a strong leader that Trump disagrees with but respects for being strong.