France reacts to Trump: Brexit times 10… the world collapses

For the second time in less than six months France has woken up to shock election result from abroad.

After the vote of the British people to quit the EU in June, it was the election of the populist billionaire property tycoon Donald Trump as president of the United States that stunned France.

The reactions from politicians and political commentators came thick and fast as the French realized this election result had global ramifications, including for France.

France’s serving ambassador to the US, Gerard Araud, never one for hiding his opinions, tweeted out the “world is collapsing before our eyes” when it emerged Trump was set for victory.

The 63-year-old said: “After Brexit and this election, everything is now possible. A world is collapsing before our eyes. Dizziness.”

The tweet was apparently deleted shortly after, perhaps not surprising given that Araud and his team will have to work with Trump’s government.

And he wasn’t the only one in France to link Trump’s victory to Brexit.

Journalist Anne Sinclair, former wife of disgraced IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, said Trump’s victory was a “nightmare for the world and for Europe”.

She described the result as “Brexit times 10”.

Those in the left in France had to digest what the result meant for them. And it wasn’t positive.

“The Left has been warned. If we continue our irresponsible childishness it will be Marine Le Pen,” said Jean-Christophe Cambadélis, the first secretary of France’s Socialist Party.

However there was a different kind of reaction among the party big wigs of the far right National Front, who have taken heart from Trump’s win.

“Congratulations Mr Trump,” said party deputy Florian Philippot. “The people will not be dictated to by an oligarchy, defeated for the second time after Brexit.

“Their world is falling. Ours is being built,” he added.


The French media were still trying to digest the shock news on Wednesday morning, but perhaps one headline in left leaning Liberation newspaper could sum up the feeling of many in the country.





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