Emmanuel Macron’s decision to double funding for Roman Catholic schools in the region is part of a long line of politicians courting right-wing Catholic voters. The president particularly wants to send a message to voters for the far-right candidate Éric Zemmour, “who can draw a lot on the Catholic fringes of the electorate”, explains Tudor. The majority of Christians in the Middle East who are supported by France are Catholics. “France essentially funds Catholic education in the Middle East,” says Heyberger. “Lebanese Maronites and Catholic Greeks are France’s main intermediaries in the region – France has less contact with Egyptian Coptic Christians or Assyrian Christians, for example.”
French President Emmanuel Macron announced this week that France would double financial support for Roman Catholic schools in the Middle East — a surprising decision for a country that prides itself on its secularism, which is baked into the country’s constitution.
Emmanuel Macron is just about the most un-religious person you could think of, so why did he demand his parents allow him to be baptized in a Roman Catholic Church at the age of 12? Before you answer that, why is he also the absolute favorite world ruler of Pope Francis at the Vatican? Well, if you listened to yesterday’s podcast on the One World Religion of Chrislam, congratulations, you already know the answer to the first two questions.
He shall enter peaceably even upon the fattest places of the province; and he shall do that which his fathers have not done, nor his fathers’ fathers; he shall scatter among them the prey, and spoil, and riches: yea, and he shall forecast his devices against the strong holds, even for a time.”Daniel 11:24 (KJB)
Adolf Hitler was a near-perfect type of Antichrist, so it’s not a coincidence that he made France the main target of his conquest shortly after he signed the Reichskonkordat with Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli, you know him as Pope Pius XII. All these events were types from upcoming Bible prophecy, a “dress rehearsal” for the real thing which is about to happen really soon. God uses types to show you prophetical events before they come to pass because Amos 3:7. What does all this have to do with Emmanuel Macron doubling funding for Catholic schools in the Middle East? I suppose I could tell you, but it’s right in front of your face. Open your King James Bible, be a 2 Timothy 2:15 Bible believer and figure it out.
Why is Emmanuel Macon having secular France doubling its funding for Roman Catholic schools in the Middle East?
FROM FRANCE 24: “Supporting (Roman Catholic) Christians in the Middle East is an age-old commitment in France, an historic mission,” declared French president Emmanuel Macron at an event at the Élysée Palace in Paris on February 1. Macron announced that financial aid for Christian schools in the Middle East would be doubled in 2022, going from €2 million to €4 million, co-funded by the French government and the religious organisation L’Oeuvre d’Orient.
French has been a secular state since a 1905 law definitively separated Church and State and guaranteed freedom of religion in the country. It means that religion is treated in France as a private matter, and public education in particular has to be secular – a policy that isn’t the case overseas, where the government works closely with L’Oeuvre d’Orient, a Christian non-profit which has historic ties with the Pope and is overseen by the archbishop of Paris. The charity works in areas such as healthcare and heritage protection, while also providing education with a religious slant.
The French government’s strategy of secular at home, sectarian abroad, can be attributed to France’s desire to keep its sphere of influence in the Middle East, says Bernard Heyberger, the director of studies at the École des Hautes études en sciences sociales and the École pratique des Hautes études in Paris. Mihaela-Alexandra Tudor, a lecturer in communication and media sciences at University Paul-Valéry in Montpellier, says that Macron is deliberately targeting French Catholics before declaring his candidacy for this year’s presidential elections. It’s one of similar gestures he’s made towards the French Catholic community, including meeting the Pope twice during his mandate.
“EMMANUEL MACRON’S MESSAGE WAS DESIGNED AS A COUNTER-ATTACK AGAINST THE RIGHT-WING AND FAR-RIGHT PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES,” TUDOR CONTINUES. “HE IS TRYING TO BOLSTER HIS TRACK RECORD IN THE FACE OF THE FAR RIGHT’S ARGUMENTS ABOUT SECULARISM AND THE RISK OF ISLAMIST TERRORIST ATTACKS.”
Political instability in the Middle East in the last decade and the Syrian and Iraq wars have drawn the French public’s attention to the plight of Christians in the region. Religious minorities, including Christians, have been particularly targeted during the conflict. The Vatican estimates that there are approximately 15 million Christians in the Middle East, making up about 4 percent of the population.
Emmanuel Macron’s decision to double funding for Christian schools in the region is part of a long line of politicians courting right-wing Catholic voters. The president particularly wants to send a message to voters for the far-right candidate Éric Zemmour, “who can draw a lot on the Catholic fringes of the electorate”, explains Tudor. The majority of Christians in the Middle East who are supported by France are Catholics.
“FRANCE ESSENTIALLY FUNDS CATHOLIC EDUCATION IN THE MIDDLE EAST,” SAYS HEYBERGER. “LEBANESE MARONITES AND CATHOLIC GREEKS ARE FRANCE’S MAIN INTERMEDIARIES IN THE REGION – FRANCE HAS LESS CONTACT WITH EGYPTIAN COPTIC CHRISTIANS OR ASSYRIAN CHRISTIANS, FOR EXAMPLE.”
A major announcement like this could end up being a risky strategy for Macron. “It could be considered opportunistic,” says Tudor. “Catholics are used to presidential candidates asking discreetly for their support, but anyone can change their mind when they’re in the voting booth.” READ MORE