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Macron Tells the UN to Wake Up With Swipe at the U.S. and China

  • The French leader gives grim picture of international dialogue
  • Macron called for more multilateralism at UN Security Council
Emmanuel Macron speaks virtually during the United Nations General Assembly.

Emmanuel Macron speaks virtually during the United Nations General Assembly.

Photographer: Tiffany Hagler-Geard/Bloomberg

The coronavirus pandemic must serve as an “electric shock” that wakes up the United Nations, French President Emmanuel Macron said in a speech Tuesday, which included veiled attacks on the U.S. and China.

Macron is trying to find a new way to revive the multilateral order, which has been strained to the breaking point by the increasingly hostile rivalry between the U.S. and a Chinese government that is seeking to expand its influence.