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Geopolitics

Macron, Part Deux: France And The World React In 22 Front Pages

Newspapers in France and around the world are devoting their Monday front pages to Emmanuel Macron's reelection as French president.

Macron, Part Deux: France And The World React In 22 Front Pages

Emmanuel Macron won a second term as president of France, beating far-right leader Marine Le Pen by a wide 58.5-41.5% margin ... oui, mais.


Sunday's victory was less resounding than in 2017, when Macron (already head-to-head with Le Pen) became France's youngest ever elected president. His first term left France in a deeply fractured state, as many French international newspapers noted on Monday by highlighting the challenges ahead for Macron on their front pages:

FRANCE - Libération

Libération

FRANCE - Le Figaro

Le Figaro

FRANCE - Les Echos

Les Echos

FRANCE - Corse Matin

FRANCE - La Croix

La Croix

FRANCE - L'Humanité

L'Humanité

FRANCE - Sud Ouest

Sud Ouest

FRANCE - 20 Minutes

20 Minutes

FRANCE - L'Opinion

L'Opinion

FRANCE - Le Parisien

Le Parisien

FRANCE - Le Télégramme

Le Télégramme

UNITED KINGDOM - The Guardian

The Guardian

SPAIN - El Pais

El PaĂ­s

SWEDEN -Svenska Dagbladet

Svenska Dagbladet

POLAND - Gazeta Wyborcza

Gazeta Wyborcza

ISRAEL - Haaretz

Harretz

SAUDI ARABIA - Arab News

Arab News

ARGENTINA - Clarin

ClarĂ­n

CHILE - La Tercera

La Tercera

UNITED STATES - The Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal

CANADA - National Post

National Post

CHINA - Global Times

Global Times

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The Colonial Spirit And "Soft Racism" Of White Savior Syndrome

Tracing back to Christian colonialism, which was supposed to somehow "civilize" and save the souls of native people, White Savior Syndrome lives on in modern times: from Mother Teresa to Princess Diana and the current First Lady of Colombia, VerĂłnica Alcocer.

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Good intentions are part of the formula

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Sher Herrera

-Analysis-

CARTAGENA — The White Savior Syndrome is a social practice that exploits or economically, politically, symbolically takes advantage of individuals or communities they've racialized, perceiving them as in need of being saved and thus forever indebted and grateful to the white savior.

Although this racist phenomenon has gained more visibility and sparked public debate with the rise of social media, it is actually as old as European colonization itself. It's important to remember that one of Europe's main justifications for subjugating, pillaging and enslaving African and American territories was to bring "civilization and save their souls" through "missions."

Even today, many white supremacists hold onto these ideas. In other words, they believe that we still owe them something.

This white savior phenomenon is a legacy of Christian colonialism, and among its notable figures, we can highlight Saint Peter Claver, known as "the slave of the slaves," Bartolomé de Las Casas, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Princess Diana herself, and even the First Lady of Colombia, Verónica Alcocer.

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