Except the part about running an actually independent power?
In the space of a few days Macron has:
- Claimed he talked Trump into staying in Syria. The White House has denied this.
- Claimed he, Trump and May successfully drove a wedge between Russia and Turkey. The Turks begged to differ.
- Claimed he is “the equal of Putin”.
Inadequacy much? How needy for recognition is this guy?
Indeed he seems to suggest he bombed Syria so Putin would take him more seriously:
The French premier [sic] said: “I am an equal of Putin. By the way, Putin understands me.
“And I decided to strike Syria in order to convey to Putin that we are also part of this.”
It’s safe to say that’s going about it the wrong way. The equals of Putin are Kim, Castro, Morales, Maduro, Lukashenko, Nazarbayev, Aliyev — figures who run actually independent states, not appendages of the Empire. If he wants to impress Putin he should start by declaring his independence.