In the Arab-Muslim world, the president-candidate's policy was marked by several shocking media outlets that masked limited results.
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The announcement had the effect of an earthquake in the usually so muffled world of French diplomacy. During his first major interview after his election to the presidency in May 2017, Emmanuel Macron said he wanted to break with his predecessors in terms of foreign policy: “We must put an end to this badly digested neoconservatism which leads us to interfere in the domestic politics of others only to find ourselves then isolated”, declared the new head of state in an interview with Le Point conducted in August 2017. “The West has lost itself in untimely moral interventionism in the Near and Middle East, as well as in North Africa, during the last ten years”, he specifies, citing in particular the cases of Libya and Syria.