France: Macron tells 'regime' critics 'try a dictatorship!'

Pension reform heads to cabinet today

24 January, 15:50

    (ANSAmed) - PARIS, JANUARY 24 - French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday responded harshly to critics who maintain that France is turning into a sort of illiberal regime, and told them to "go try dictatorships and you'll see".

    On Friday, Paris braced for another day of protests as Macron's controversial pension reform heads to the cabinet.

    Speaking to Radio J while in flight returning from Israel, Macron particularly lamented the introduction "in our society, in a seditious way, with extraordinarily reprehensible political speeches, of the idea according to which we are no longer a democracy, that instead, a form of dictatorship has been introduced".

    "Go to a dictatorship!" Macron said.

    "A dictatorship is a regime in which an individual or a clan decides the laws. A dictatorship is a regime where the leaders don't change, ever. If this is France, go try a dictatorship and see. A dictatorship justifies hate. A dictatorship justifies violence to get out of it, but in a democracy there is a fundamental principle: respect for others, the prohibition of violence and the fight against hate," Macron said.(ANSAmed).

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