President Emmanuel Macron in New York for the 72nd UN General Assembly [fr]
French President Emmanuel Macron was in New York for the first time after his election, for the General Assembly of the United Nations.
This visit was given a positive reception by the media on both sides of the Atlantic. Among other things, President Macron sat for an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. The American press on the whole appreciated Emmanuel Macron’s interventions, particularly his speech in favor of global cooperation at the General Assembly, as well as his suggestions on Iran and North Korea.
On the sidelines of the UN Assembly, Emmanuel Macron met the representatives of many countries. In addition to the current geopolitical issues, including the Syrian question, the priority was given to sustainable development and climate change. President Macron presented the French initiative to create a Global Pact for the Environment, the first international legally binding document that could gather and harmonize all environmental laws in one single document.
Emmanuel Macron also met the French community and reaffirmed his commitment to a stronger European Union. He explained the structural reforms that he intends to implement – to reach greater flexibility in the job market and excellence in education. The President also invited the French entrepreneurs in New York to further develop their activities. He urged those who want it to come back, as “the place of conquest today is France; the spirit of conquest is renewed”.
He then inaugurated the French Dual Language Fund during a ceremony at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. President Macron praised “these little human bridges” between countries, despite political differences.
Fight against terrorism and cybersecurity were also among the topics discussed by Emmanuel Macron, in particular during a conference co-organized by France and the United Kingdom on preventing terrorist use of internet. The participants reasserted their support to the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism, a structure created in June 2017 by Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube. The Internet companies that attended the meeting strengthened their resolution to go further and faster in automating the detection and removal of terrorist content online.