The President of the United States surrenders America’s role as world leader on climate change, and the President of France tries to rally the fighting spirit of Americans to save the world:
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) June 1, 2017
France believes in you. The world believes in you. I know that you are a great nation. I know your history, our common history. To all scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, responsible citizens who were disappointed by the deicision of the President of the United States, I want to say that they will find in France a second homeland. I call on them, come and work here with us, to work together on concrete solutions for our climate, our environment.
I can assure you, France will not give up the fight.
I reaffirm clearly that the Paris agreement remains irreversible and will be implemented not just by France but by all the other nations. Over the coming hours, I will have the opportunity to speak with our main partners to define a common strategy and to launch new initiatives. I already know that I can count on them.
I call on you to remain confident. We will succeed because we are fully committed. Because wherever we live, whoever we are, we all share the same responsibility: Make our planet great again [Emmanuel Macron, President of France, statement in English on the US withdrawal from the Paris climate agreements, 2017.06.01].
I didn’t even have to translate that—for the first time, a French President addressed his country and the world from the French presidential palace, the Elysée, in English. The French version of his address included another key sentence right after his offer of a second homeland to responsible Ameircan climate-change fighters:
Ce soir, les États-Unis ont tourné le dos au monde, mais la France ne tournera pas le dos aux Americains.
This evening, the United States turned its back on the world, but France will not turn its back on Americans [President Macron, statement in French, reported by Reuters via France 24, 2017.06.01].
The American President sounds like a peevish, selfish, ignorant child… and the French President offers Americans sanctuary.
The Scotland Herald was right back in January: Trump has taken America into the Twilight Zone. Vive Macron! Vive la France! Vive la Terre!