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Is France taking control of the European Union? 5 Geopolitical Effects You Need to Know

1. Macron wants to force Britain’s fast exit from the EU

Emmanuel Macron and France appear to have the power to force Britain out of the EU on their terms and are looking to use it. As a result, president Macron also has his eye on wider French national economic interests. Poaching jobs and lucrative business from the City of London and Canary Wharf would help Paris eclipse London. Manufacturing displaced from the UK could come to France. This is clearly in France’s own interest and not aligned with the EU’s potentially leading to a crash between the two parties.

2. France clashes with EU on climate

France has already clashed with the EU, in another sign that it has taken to its own path to reach its goals, as Emmanuel Macron has branded Brazil’s president a liar and threatened to block the European Union’s trade deal with the Mercosur countries as he prepares to whip the Group of Seven leaders into climate action. “Under these conditions, France will oppose the Mercosur [Free Trade Agreement with the EU] as it stands,” said a French official. Although France and the EU agree on opposing the Amazon fires, France is taking a much more hard-line and direct approach unlike the EU.

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