Any U.S. attempt
to divide Europeans is doomed to fail as Washington lacks the capacity
to offset the benefits the European Union offers its members, French
Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said in an interview with newspaper
Journal du Dimanche on Sunday.
about the lack of unity of Europeans with regards to U.S. President
Donald Trump’s worldview, Ayrault said that the situation was changing,
essentially because of Trump’s “repeated attacks” against Europe.
I bet that any attempt to divide and rule Europeans will not work,”
Ayrault said. “For the United States absolutely do not have the capacity
to offset the benefits the European Union offers to its members.”
(British Prime Minister) Theresa May felt compelled to say, despite
Brexit, that it was in the interest of the United States to have a
strong Europe as a partner,” Ayrault added.
also said that France will not accept any foreign interference, whether
Russian or American, on its April and May presidential election.
“Some attitudes or statements may imply” that the United States and Russia want to weaken Europe, Ayrault said.
an example, he said that Russia expressed its preferences for French
right-wing candidates such as conservative Francois Fillon and far-right
leader Marine Le Pen, while pro-European independent centrist Emmanuel
Macron suffered cyber attacks.
“This form of interference on the French
democratic life is unacceptable … France will not accept, the French
will not accept to have their choices dictated,” Ayrault said.