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Macron brings new wave of energy in France

Macron brings new wave of energy in France

The interview has been taken by Imtiaz Ahmed

French Ambassador to Bangladesh Sophie Aubert in an interview with The News Today recently said that a large majority of the French people are very proud of having Emmanuel Macron as new President of the Republic. He is a dynamic and brilliant person with a strong personality. This is the image that we want to see and have in France. His election has brought a new wave of energy and optimism not only in France but also in all Europe. I think the business community will appreciate to see a fair and balanced vision of the world developing in Europe, said Sophie Aubert. The excerpts of the interview are given below: 01. What are your perceptions regarding our culture and heritage? Bangladesh has a rich and vibrant culture that you can feel and see not only through architecture, painting or literature, but also through the traditional fabrics and the way of life of the Bangladeshis. This is a heritage that deserves to be preserved and promoted worldwide. 02. How do you see overall situation in France after Emmanuel Macron was elected French president with a business-friendly vision of European integration? A large majority of the French people are very proud of having Emmanuel Macron as new President of the Republic. He is a dynamic and brilliant person with a strong personality. This is the image that we want to see and have in France. His election has brought a new wave of energy and optimism not only in France but also in entire Europe. I think the business community will appreciate to see a fair and balanced vision of the world developing in Europe. 03. What are main reasons behind political success of Emmanuel Macron in the presidential election race? France wanted a new breath and a vision. In France, we donít favor extremism when it comes to vital choices. At least, this is my conviction. President Macron illustrates what the French people are or want to be and how they want to be represented. His capacity to explain and show realism is another element which played in his favor during the election. 04. Do you think high unemployment, economic slowdown and terrorist attacks lead to anti-migrant sentiment across the EU countries? Our developed societies live a transition. This transformation has brought difficulties, unemployment being a major issue. I donít think a developed economy can keep on growing year after year if this economy persists in following the same model. In France and in Europe, our transition will bring to a low-carbon economic model, a sustainable environment based on circular economy, where you donít throw things but recycle those. We will find a new balance soon. The change of our economic model is not behind the anti-migrant sentiment that you can observe sometimes in some European countries. This sentiment may be linked to the feeling that some part of Europe is submerged by never-ending waves of people arriving in Europe instead of trying to build their future in their country, whatever the reason. 05. The Bangladesh government has taken up various steps to beef up security following Gulshan cafť attack. How do you see law and order situation now? The police and security forces in general are ensuring securing in the country. The people of Bangladesh, I am sure, appreciate to feel secure in the country. But we must always be careful as terrorists need to kill, to show their strength. So we must do whatever is necessary in order not to be their easy target. 06. How do you see Bangladeshís successes in social, economic, cultural and educational sectors in the last 20 years? Please share your experience with The News Today. Bangladesh has attained a large a real success in the last years, and is now on the verge of becoming a developing country. When a country reaches solvency, it can invest in education and this is the best way to prepare the future. 07. What is the number of Bangladeshis living in your country? How does your government evaluate their contributions to your country? I assess Bangladeshis are around 30,000 in France, but I am not sure because you have Bangladeshis being legally in France, around 12,000 or more, but we also have Bangladeshis living there illegally. As everybody, Bangladeshis contribute to the dynamics of the country. I know Bangladeshi business people living in France, Bangladeshi artists, young and brilliant studentsÖ The Government cannot assess the contribution of this community as such, because the French system is not based on separate communities. We take into account individuals, not communities. 08. What is the number of French nationals in Bangladesh? French community in Bangladesh is around 280 people, itís a very small community. 09. How do you see the impact of Brexit on the European Union? We can already see that big companies have decided to move their headquarters from London to European countries. Now, itís difficult to comment the impact Brexit will have on the European Union, because it depends on the way Brexit will be implemented. This will be the result of negotiations between the EU and the United Kingdom. Personally, I think the negative impact will be first on the UKís shoulders.

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