Macron slams the EU's woke 'nonsense' after Eurocrats tried to ban the word 'Christmas'

Macron slams the EU's woke 'nonsense' after Eurocrats tried to ban the word 'Christmas'

Macron slams the EU’s woke ‘nonsense’ after Eurocrats tried to ban the word ‘Christmas’ and gendered terms such as actor and actress

  • Emmanuel Macron has slammed ‘woke nonsense’ following controversial guide 
  • French president said EU needs to focus on ‘recovery, power and belonging’
  • EU Equality Commission issued inclusive language guide to ‘promote equality’ 
  • Document has been withdrawn after it sparked anger, including from the Vatican


The French president has slammed ‘woke nonsense’ and said the European Commission needs to focus its efforts on ‘recovery, power and belonging’.

Emmanuel Macron said he does not ‘totally adhere’ to Eurocrats explaining the words ‘people can and can’t use’ just a week after Brussels withdrew its controversial guidelines for inclusive communication.

The document details were leaked last week and led to a furious backlash with many accusing the EU of trying to ‘cancel Christmas‘ after telling staff to avoid the word in favour of ‘holiday period’ because it could be offensive to non-Christians. 

The French president (pictured) has slammed ‘woke nonsense’ and said the European Commission needs to focus its efforts on ‘recovery, power and belonging’

Staff in Brussels were told to reduce references to 'women or men' in a new rule book called Gender Neutral Language In The European Parliament (pictured), that has since been withdrawn

Staff in Brussels were told to reduce references to ‘women or men’ in a new rule book called Gender Neutral Language In The European Parliament (pictured), that has since been withdrawn

Politicians from Italy – where the story first emerged – accused the EU of waging a war on ‘common sense’ while the Vatican accused Brussels of trying to ‘cancel’ Europe’s Christian roots.

While extolling what he saw as the virtues of belonging to the EU, such as coordinating vaccination, technology and Covid economic recovery plans, he warned that the bloc risked turning off citizens in droves if it started meddling in politically correct language.

With France set to take over the rotating EU Council Presidency in the first half of 2022, Mr Macron made a speech at the Jacques Delors institute in Paris where he said the role would focus on ‘recovery, power and belonging’, according to The Telegraph.

He said: ‘A Europe that comes to explain to people what words they should or shouldn’t say is not a Europe to which I totally adhere. It’s nonsense, basically.’

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s secretary of state, accused the EU of trying to ‘cancel our roots’ by ignoring – rather than respecting – Europe’s Christian heritage.

‘We know that Europe owes its existence and its identity to many influences, but we certainly cannot forget that one of the main influences, if not the main one, was Christianity itself,’ he told Vatican News.

Matteo Salvini, leader of Italy’s right-wing League party and former deputy Prime Minister, accused the EU of ‘folly’ by publishing the rules.

Helena Dalli, the EU's equality commissioner, issued the guide (pictured) back in October but its contents only became public last week

Helena Dalli, the EU’s equality commissioner, issued the guide (pictured) back in October but its contents only became public last week

‘Mary, the mother. John, the father. Long live the holy Christmas … I hope that in Europe, no one will be offended,’ he tweeted.

Antonio Tajani, a former European Commissioner and ally of Silvio Berlusconi, also tweeted his criticism – suggesting the EU was waging war on ‘common sense’. 

Helena Dalli, the EU’s equality commissioner who put together the guide as part of an equality agenda championed by Ursula von der Leyen, claimed it was a ‘draft document’ that would be revised after ‘a number of concerns were raised’.

‘We are looking into these concerns with the view of addressing them in an updated version of the guidelines,’ she added.

It is not the first time the EU has issued guidance to staff on ‘inclusive’ language.

Back in 2018, staff at the European Parliament were issued with a similar guide that advised against using gendered language such as ‘manpower’ and ‘mankind’.

The new guidelines, aimed at EU translators, also recommended against frequent references to ‘man’ or ‘woman’ in official texts.

Words such as ‘chairman’ should be replaced by ‘chairperson’, and ‘policeman’ or ‘policewoman’ substituted for ‘police officer’, the guide said. 

It also recommended the word ‘stewardess’ by avoided in preference of ‘flight attendant’, and ‘principal’ by used instead of ‘headmaster’ or ‘headmistress’. 

The French president is expected to officially declare his re-election campaign in early 2022 as others come forward.

The Conservative Les Republicans party, unveiled Valerie Pecresse as their candidate for next April’s election, who aims to be France’s first woman president.

Pecresse took aim at Macron and said his only ambition is to ‘please’ and has labelled herself ‘part-Margaret Thatcher’.

She said: ‘He has only one ambition, to please, whereas I have only one passion, to get things done.

‘I know what difficult fights are, I know I can win them, I am a woman who wins and achieves things.’

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