The President of France, Emmanuel Macron, has, to an extent, changed his country’s foreign policy towards Israel, making it more favourable. This is part and parcel of Macron’s neoliberal, pro-American, Atlanticist bent, a tendency which has even seen him snuggle up to hard-right US President Donald Trump.
Macron’s embrace of Israel has been so complete that it has led to protests in France. After Israel’s massacres of Palestinians in Gaza over the past couple of months, thousands marched in the streets of Paris; well-known French cultural figures, including film director Jean-Luc Godard, declared a boycott of their government’s activities designed to promote Israel. Among these is the Saison France-Israel (France-Israel Season), which started this month.
The French president’s policies also seem to be too pro-Israel for some on the centre-right. During last month’s revolt against Macron, some Twitter users in France shared a 2014 article by former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin in which he criticised Israel’s then ongoing invasion of Gaza. Israel’s brutality and utter disregard for the basic human rights of the Palestinians, he wrote, “Condemns Israel, bit by bit, to becoming a segregationist, militarist and authoritarian state.”