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Let us accept Macron’s invitation and re-imagine how Europe can be made to work

The French President’s letter is neither olive branch nor gauntlet. He is urging us all to save the European project  

By Stephen Wall  

Macron looks to the left as Coronavirus poses dire challenges for French society. Photo: Liewig Christian/ABACA/ABACA/PA Images

To British commentators, rocking backwards and forwards in the Bedlam that is Brexit, Macron’s letter to Europe is one more example of the French passion for centralisation: top down, Napoleonic un-pragmatic. If it is, as one of my French friends described it, “a love letter to the British,” then it seems to have got lost in translation. Thanks to 1,000 years of history, gifts from France are viewed with instinctive suspicion. Not for nothing did Shakespeare have the French king send to the young Henry V…

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