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Macron, the Gulf, and Islam

It is true that since the reception of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in France in December 2020 and his decoration as “Grand Officier de la Légion d’honneur,” President Macron has not seemed to attach much importance to democracy in the Middle East.

Crises in Morocco and Tunisia: Is This Really the End of Political Islam?

Missing from such sweeping declarations is that those who greeted the defeat of the PJD with 'jubilation' are mostly the very crowd that dismissed political Islam even during its unprecedented surge following the ‘Arab Spring’ in 2011; and the same intellectual mercenaries who unashamedly continue to sing the praises of such dictators as General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Egypt and the various Arab monarchs in the Gulf.

Regeni Murder: A Story of Double Standards and Official Hypocrisy

For example, when French President Emmanuel Macron bestowed France’s highest honor, Grand Cross of the Legion of Honor on President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in early December, two prominent Italian figures, Giovanna Melandri, a former culture minister, and Corrado Augias, a journalist and former member of the European parliament - announced they were returning their French medals in protest, citing Regeni’s brutal death and Egypt’s indifference.