France would have voted to leave European Union too, says Emmanuel Macron

Sundar Pichai

Sundar Pichai CEO Published Jan 22 2018

Mr Macron repeated the warning that the British government could not cherry-pick benefits of European Union membership - and said it was important not to let people believe that they could.

The French president, who shared a unusual, much-reported upon handshake with Trump in July a year ago, made the comments in a Sunday interview with the BBC's Andrew Marr Show.

Macron said Westminster had taken a big risk by asking the British people to give a simple "yes or no" answer to "a very complicated subject".

"Probably, in a similar context, but our context was very different, so I don't want to make any, I mean, take any bets". "I take these two references (Norway and Canada) because this special way should be consistent with the preservation of the single market and our collective interests and you should understand you can not, by definition, have the full access to the single market if you don't tick the box".

"I think a lot of our issues in both the Middle East and in Africa is due to a lot of frustrations due to a lot of past humiliations", he said, but stressed that Trump's tweet should not be the focus of discussions. "Towards free market without any rules and any convergence". "He is. Sometimes I manage to convince him, and sometimes I fail", Macron said of the USA president, with whom he claimed he had "built a very strong relationship". 'As soon as you decide not to join the preconditions, it's not a full access'.

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At the same time, the 40-year-old Macron, elected last May, hopes to persuade the French themselves of the merits of his economic policies.

He added that full access to the European Union for the UK's financial services sector was "not feasible" outside the single market. But there is not cherry-picking in the single market.

After installed as the French youngest leader since Napoleon Bonaparte, President Macron has declared he will govern France like Jupiter, the Roman King of the Gods, shortly after officials told the media his thought process was "too complex" for journalists to understand.

Discussing the now infamous conversation, Macron said: "It's not a word you can use", adding, "we have to respect all the countries".

"Let's not call them reforms if it's not really the case".

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