Although Poland’s opposition had high hopes for the visit of French President Emmanuel Macron, their belief that he would harshly criticize the ruling government and lend support to their efforts to challenge the Law and Justice party (PiS) never truly transpired.
During the official two-day visit in Poland, Macron has met with President Andrzej Duda, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and the speakers of the Senate and the Sejm, Poland’s lower house of parliament.
After his meeting with Duda, Macron said that during the talks he had expressed worry over judicial reforms in Poland. The French president also called for a higher level of dialogue with the European Commission.
However, Deputy Prime Minister Jacek Sasin downplayed the comments, saying that Macron was merely “chastising us for judicial reforms” and referred to the French leader’s words as “ritual spells” that he feels the need to repeat. For the most part, the meeting focused on cooperation instead of division.
“The French president has already given much harsher speeches towards Poland. I understand that he felt obliged to repeat these ‘ritual spells’. He said them and now we can put them behind us,” Sasin said.