President Emmanuel Macron has enraged adversaries by blaming French “Gauls” of being impervious to change. On a visit to Copenhagen, Mr Macron said his endeavors to redesign work laws were obstructed on the grounds that the French were not as open to change as “Lutheran” Danes. Resistance government officials blamed him for demonstrating “hatred” for his own kin. Mr Macron later paddled back marginally, saying his remarks were intended to be silly. The French pioneer came to control on a promise to upgrade France’s tremendous work code. He has since a long time ago expressed his desire to move towards a more “Nordic model”. His discourse in Denmark was not the first occasion when he has utilized an outside visit to feature what he sees as the protection from those changes. A year ago, on a visit to Romania, Mr Macron said France was “not a reformable nation”, including: “Many have attempted and fizzled, in light of the fact that the French despise changes.” Weeks after the fact, talking in Greece, the French president rankled faultfinders by saying he would not surrender ground to “loafers”. Macron calls for Europe ‘reproduction’ Macron: France’s dubious man moving EU needs transient work change – Macron Mr Macron’s most recent remarks came amid a state visit to Denmark at an occasion gone to by Queen Margrethe II. In his discourse, he emphasized his appreciation for the Danish “flexicurity” display, which joins an adaptable work showcase with liberal welfare benefits. “What is conceivable is connected to a culture, a people set apart by their own history. These Lutheran [Danish] individuals, who have survived the changes of late years, are not precisely Gauls who are impervious to transform,” he said. Restriction legislators immediately seized on his discourse, with many reprimanding his reference to “Gauls” – the name given by the Romans to the individuals who lived in the region that now includes France, Belgium and the Netherlands. “By his words of confusing foolishness, #Macron in Denmark is not only very contemptuous against his own people, but also very ignorant about the Gauls who were formidable inventors,” tweeted left-wing French MP Alexis Corbière. Drawing on the Asterix the Gaul books, leftist leader Olivier Besancenot compared the president to the unmusical village bard, Cacofonix. “We’ll end up tying him to a post so he stops his scornful music,” he told French TV, inspiring a string of tweets on social media. Image Copyright @Pabloneruda54@PABLONERUDA54 Report Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right National Rally, tweeted: “As usual, he shows contempt for the French while abroad. The ‘Gauls’ will be happy to respond to his arrogance and contempt.” Republican MP Fabien Di Filippo said the president had made “a new insult to the French people”, adding: “Emmanuel Macron has outdone himself in Denmark.” Amid a torrent of criticism on social media, Mr Macron sought to clarify his remarks on Thursday, saying they were “humorous”. “I love France and the French and I love in all its components. I love them, these Gallic tribes, I like what we are,” he said during a visit to the Finnish capital, Helsinki. A government spokesman said Mr Macron had been referring to political parties when he spoke of resistant Gauls. Image copyrightREUTERS Image caption Some French unions are resisting President Macron’s attempts at labour market reform Mr Macron took office in May last year, still a political novice – never previously elected and little versed in the cut-and-thrust of French politics. His government promised to cut unemployment from 9.5% to 7% in five years, but Mr Macron admitted that he expected months of resistance to some of the proposed new employment laws. In September last year, union-organised protests took place in cities across France against proposed changes to labour laws. Many placards reflected Mr Macron’s remarks about French workers, with messages such as “too lazy to think up a slogan” and “slackers on the move”, which mocked the name of the president’s centrist LREM party (Republic on the Move).

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