Orbán and Salvini will defeat Macron, says Belgian professor

President Macron can only lose if he takes on Viktor Orbán and Matteo Salvini, Belgian professor Jean Bricmont said.

President Macron can only lose if he takes on Viktor Orbán and Matteo Salvini, Belgian professor Jean Bricmont said.

Not only is Macron a hypocrite, but he has made a fatal mistake by picking a fight with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Italian Minister of Interior Matteo Salvini on the issue of migration.

"Both Orbán and Salvini and very popular at home - Macron cannot claim the same about himself", Jean Bricmont, professor at the Louvain Catholic University said in an interview with Origo.hu.

Bricmont - a theoretical physicist and rationalist philosopher - said Macron has maneuvered himself into a suicidal position.

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Professor Jean Bricmont, Université Catholique de Louvain

Bricmont said Macron's hypocrisy is evident from the fact that while he publicly states his position to welcome migrants, he is keeping the Italian-French border closed to the thousands of migrants who want to enter France.

He also spoke about the differences between Hungary and Italy, saying that "Italy and Hungary are a little bit different – Hungary has never been a colonial power. They are not responsible for the wars in the Middle East… Why should they accept migrants? … Maybe you can say by charity. But they can say ‘We have got a lot of problems to solve first".

As for Salvini’s and Orbán's potential to redraw the map of the European parliament in the next elections, a very strong anti-migration discourse has emerged in France and Bricmont said he expects a large bloc of anti-migrant deputies to be elected.

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