top cx logo
cx logo
Explorearrow down
search icon
Explore
arrow down

Macron: France must ‘face price of freedom’ over hardships from war

The president said that people will need ‘great fortitude’ as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine goes on

French President Emmanuel Macron has warned of coming hardships as Russia's invasion of Ukraine continues Pic: Victor Joly / Shutterstock

French President Emmanuel Macron has warned that people in France must “accept the price of our freedom and values” as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues to cause death and destruction in Ukraine while disrupting Europe’s economy and resources. 

"I am thinking of our people, who will need great fortitude to face the coming times, to overcome uncertainty, adversity, and sometimes resist taking the easy way out, and, united, accept the price of our freedom and our values,” the president said in a speech yesterday (August 19). 

He was speaking during a ceremony marking the 78th anniversary of the liberation of Bormes-les-Mimosas (Var) from Nazi control. The town was freed on August 17, 1944. This year’s anniversary ceremony was due to take place on Wednesday but was delayed due to floods. 

Mr Macron’s speech is understood to be a warning of more economic hardships ahead for people in France. 

Europe has faced soaring gas prices – with issues over imports from Russia - as well as a hike in the cost of raw materials and foods normally imported from Ukraine or Russia. 

Mr Macron has previously warned of possible difficulties after the summer and during the winter months in an interview on July 14. 

Read more: Ukraine, energy, pensions: Key points of Macron’s July 14 interview

The French government has introduced a string of measures to help people with rising living costs, including a fuel rebate, caps on energy bills and issuing various one-off bonuses to people to combat inflation. 

The latest such payment is a €100 post-summer payment aimed at people receiving social aids or scholarships. This will be distributed to eligible households from September 15. 

Read more: Date confirmed for payment of France’s new €100 cash aid boost

Russian gas giant Gazprom announced on Friday that it would again halt supplies to Europe for three days for "maintenance" reasons, reviving fears of shortages in Europe.

Read more: EU votes to reduce Russian oil imports by 90% before 2023

Ukraine’s heroic resistance

Mr Macron yesterday underlined his continued support for Ukraine, describing the country’s resistance as heroic in the face of “terrible assaults by the Russian army and its auxiliaries”. 

“This war is knocking at our doors,” he said. 

“The ghosts of the spirit of revenge, the flagrant violations of the sovereignty of states, the intolerable contempt for the peoples, imperialist will are all elements resurfacing from the past to impose themselves in the daily life of our Europe, of our neighbours, of our friends,” he said. 

Mr Macron, who is currently on holiday, will return to Paris on Wednesday at latest where he will host the first post-summer cabinet meeting (conseil des ministres) along with his prime minister Élisabeth Borne. 

On the agenda will be reforms to unemployment insurance and pensions and further measures to tackle the cost of living crisis. 

Around 500 people turned out to meet Mr Macron and his wife Brigitte during the ceremony in Bormes-les-Mimosas. It was the fifth straight year the president has participated in the event.

Related stories

French armed forces regrets barring two Russians from tourist site

MPs pass France’s purchasing power law: What does it include?

‘Cold War 2.0 with Russia and China’ - former French ambassador to US

Resident or second-home owner in France?
Benefit from our daily digest of headlines and how-to's to help you make the most of life in France
By joining the newsletter, you agree to our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy
See more popular articles
The Connexion Help Guides
featured helpguide
Healthcare in France*
Featured Help Guide
- Understand the French healthcare system, how you access it and how you are reimbursed - Useful if you are new to the French healthcare system or want a more in-depth understanding - Reader question and answer section Aimed at non-French nationals living here, the guide gives an overview of what you are (and are not) covered for. There is also information for second-home owners and regular visitors.
Get news, views and information from France
You have 2 free subscriber articles left
Subscribe now to read unlimited articles and exclusive content
Already a subscriber? Log in now