“We will not give in to the violence of a few who want to question” democracy, Macron said.
In a video posted on his official Twitter account, the president added: “What happened today in Washington is not American.”
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) January 7, 2021
Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian also condemned “a serious attack on democracy”
“The violence against American institutions are a serious attack on democracy. I condemn it,” Le Drian tweeted.
“The will and the votes of the American people must be respected.”
The violent acts against American institutions are a grave attack against democracy. I condemn them. The American people's will and vote must be respected
— Jean-Yves Le Drian (@JY_LeDrian) January 6, 2021
'Strategy of chaos'
The chaos unleashed on the US Capitol by Donald Trump's supporters dominated newspaper headlines in France on Thursday.
“Trump: a strategy of chaos” was the front page of French daily Liberation, reinforcing the point in its inside pages with the title “Trump sets fire to Washington.”
?? Trump la stratégie du chaos (Une Libération) pic.twitter.com/TIT2T5k8MA
— Gilles Klein (@GillesKLEIN) January 7, 2021
“Donald Trump's assault on American democracy became concrete as well as symbolic on Wednesday, when supporters of his, worked up into a white-hot rage by his speech, managed to break into the Capitol,” the article read.
In Le Figaro, columnist Philippe Gelie reflected that “Donald Trump could have come out on top as a strong “president of the people” with a contested, but not negligible, record.
Instead of that, his narcissism got the better of his dignity; he has manhandled institutions, trampled on democracy, divided his camp and thrown his presidency in a ditch.”