First there was the handshake with a message. We are still not sure what the message is, but apparently it’s serious.
Now Macron is taking on Putin’s policy in Syria informing him that if chemical weapons are used again, Russia will have France to deal with.
I’m not sure if he is serious or if this is just sour grapes because both supported his rival. But if there is any country that needs to look at itself before beyond its borders it is France. At one point it was a regional hegemony, but France today doesn’t get much correct.
Below are two indicators of its economy, unemployment and GDP growth. Both are from FRED and both speak for themselves.
There is also the seemingly perpetual issue of integration and terrorism. France more than the United States, the U.K. or Germany seems to have a unique problem integrating members of foreign cultures into their society.
But regarding foreign policy, France should be mostly concerned with Germany’s apparent willingness to chart a more independent path. The biggest long term concern for France is still Germany. NATO was just as much designed to keep the Soviets out as it was to keep control over a recovering German.