The Foreign Minister explains his desire to “restore effective multilateralism”, facing Trump and other “actors of his deconstruction”.
Some 95 heads of state and government, including President Emmanuel Macron, will participate in New York from 23 to 29 September in the UN General Assembly. The Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian, who will also be there, discusses the major issues.
A year ago President Macron stood on the floor of the UN General Assembly as the herald of a “strong multilateralism” against Donald Trump. Was he able to move the lines?
Undeniably. Diplomacy is in crisis and this observation is more evident in the last year. A basic principle that is to respect his word and his signature is openly questioned. A second principle, which is to agree on the facts to reach a compromise, is no longer respected because the facts are manipulated, denied, denied. If there is no more common truth, shared, how to dialogue? In addition, the actors of the deconstruction of multilateralism intensify their methodical attacks.
We must therefore act to restore effective multilateralism. In order to save the bulk of the system put in place after the Second World War, it is necessary to reform the major tools at our disposal, notably the United Nations or the World Trade Organization. New forums such as the one on Paris on peace, to be held on November 11, or the One planet summit on climate initiated by the President of the Republic are innovations that renew multilateralism.
The establishment of G5 Sahel with the support of France and its international partners is an example of what we can do to restore multilateralism. France must be a force of initiative, working with what I call “powers of good will” which, like it, are tied to democratic issues, the law, the need for international cooperation. I.