Is it a more peaceful period opening up for international relations thanks to the victory of Joe Biden? “There will surely be greater readability and less improvisation, more clarity”, explains Jean-Yves Le Drian, guest of the “4 Vérités” of France 2, Monday 9 November. “The United States is a robust, vibrant democracy that must set an example”, adds the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Is the transition period likely to be stormy in the United States, as Donald Trump refuses to admit defeat? “The country is geographically and socially fractured, there are questions of unrest. Joe Biden’s primary mission is to bring this country together”, says the owner of the Quai d´Orsay.
With Joe Biden, is this the return of multilateralism on the international scene? “There are constants that will continue, including the fact that the United States is turning more and more to the Indo-Pacific zone, to confrontation and competition with China. However, this election should allow us to rebuild the transatlantic relationship. This relationship is historic and essential, but it must change in nature since for the past four years the world has changed in nature. There are more threats, risks and confrontations between the powers. overhaul, the EU must make its voice heard, it must assert its sovereignty “, judge Jean-Yves Le Drian.
What about the North Atlantic Treaty Organization? “There was a doubt about NATO. Both on the United States’ will to engage but also on the part of the United States on European determination. We need to clarify that, including the Turkey’s place in the alliance and its commitments because we are witnessing a sort of headlong flight from Ankara into the European and Mediterranean environment “.
Jean-Yves Le Drian is currently traveling in the Muslim world to try to calm things down as protests have taken place targeting France following Emmanuel Macron’s comments on freedom of expression and the Muhammad cartoons . “We respect Islam. It is a great religion, it is also part of the history of France”, he concludes.