According to a recent press report, French President Emmanuel Macron expresses his desire to participate in the upcoming BRICS summit in August. While it remains uncertain whether he will join the leaders of the multipolar bloc at the summit, Macron has already scheduled a separate summit in Paris to discuss the establishment of a “fairer” financial system.
Macron Allegedly Requests Opportunity to Visit South Africa during BRICS Summit, Asks Ramaphosa
The French newspaper L’Opinion reports that Emmanuel Macron is exploring the possibility of attending the late summer meeting of the BRICS club, which consists of emerging economies such as Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. The report cites sources stating that the Élysée Palace is working on making this meeting with leaders challenging the United States’ global leadership a reality.
According to the publication, Macron has reached out to Cyril Ramaphosa, the South African President who will host the BRICS summit from August 22 to 24, requesting an opportunity to visit. A source comments that Macron’s attendance would make a significant impact.
It is reported that Macron made the request during a phone call with Ramaphosa on June 3, but there has been no confirmation whether the African country is willing to extend an invitation for Macron to participate in the high-level meeting of BRICS member states.
The French report has drawn attention from Russian media, prompting comments from government officials. Yury Ushakov, a presidential aide, stated that it is up to the host country to invite guests, while Kremlin’s Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov mentioned having no information regarding Macron’s reported intention. The Foreign Ministry’s spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, called for an explanation from Paris.
Simultaneously, South Africa is deliberating various options regarding the invitation for Russian President Vladimir Putin due to an arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC), alleging his involvement in war crimes during the Ukraine conflict.
Macron to Host Summit Focused on Overhauling Global Financial System
While it remains uncertain whether Emmanuel Macron will receive an invitation to the BRICS summit, the French president is preparing to host his own summit in Paris. This event, scheduled for June 22 to 23, is expected to bring together approximately 40 heads of state and government, leaders of major international organizations, and representatives of global financial institutions.
The French foreign ministry announced the ‘Summit for a New Global Financing Pact,’ organized by the Élysée Palace, aiming to lay the groundwork for a new financial system that is “fairer and more solidarity-based.” It seeks to establish a more balanced financial partnership between the Global South and North.
According to L’Opinion, Macron proposes an overhaul that considers the emergence of southern powers, aiming to prevent fragmentation with Western nations. The envisioned pact aims to provide greater access to financing for countries to invest in sustainable development and combat over-indebtedness.
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Will Emmanuel Macron be invited to the BRICS summit in South Africa?
It remains uncertain whether Emmanuel Macron will receive an invitation to the BRICS summit in South Africa. While he has expressed his desire to attend and has reached out to the South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, for an opportunity to visit, there has been no confirmation of his participation. The decision ultimately lies with the host country.
More about BRICS Summit
- BRICS Official Website
- French Presidency Official Website
- L’Opinion Newspaper
- Tass News Agency
- International Criminal Court (ICC) Official Website
- French Ministry of Foreign Affairs Official Website