US turmoil is ‘alarm clock’ for Western democracies, says France’s Le Maire By Reuters

PARIS (Reuters) – Political turmoil in the United States, where Donald Trump became the first president in U.S. history to be indicted twice on Wednesday, has served as a red flag for Western democracies, the Minister of Justice said on Thursday. Finance of France. When Trump leaves office, he will leave behind a nation deeply divided by his blatant style of populist politics and economic nationalism that promised to ‘Make America Great Again.’ Ten Republicans joined Democrats in the House of Representatives in accusing him of inciting an insurrection in last week’s violent uproar on Capitol Hill. “What is happening now in Washington is, I think, the biggest event that we have (experienced) in Western democracies,” Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said in an interview at the Reuters Next conference. “Having this kind of event should be a kind of alarm for all European and Western democracies.” France will hold presidential elections in spring 2022. President Emmanuel Macron’s most likely main rival will be Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right Rassemblement National (National Rally) party. For years, Le Pen has supported a brand of economic nationalism that is anti-Europe, anti-immigration, and anti-globalization. Macron defeated her roundly in the 2017 presidential runoff, but her term in office has been embroiled in social unrest, with pollsters projecting closer competition next year if the two meet again. Le Pen touted Trump’s 2016 election victory and Brexit as a harbinger of the rise of populism in France elsewhere in Europe, and had failed to acknowledge President-elect Joe Biden‘s election victory before the Capitol seizure, a scene that described as “extremely shocking”. Le Maire said he fully trusted the democratic institutions of the United States and the country’s ability to overcome its difficulties. “Democracies are fragile,” he warned. “We should be aware of that.” For more information on the Reuters Next conference, click here or www.reuters.com/business/reuters-next To watch Reuters Next live, visit https://www.reutersevents.com/events/next/register.php

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