The French president said on Tuesday he was “proud” of his past association with the Uber platform and insisted he would do it again “tomorrow and the day after tomorrow”.
Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday, on the sidelines of a trip to Isère, that he “absolutely considers” his controversial move with Uber when he was economy minister, insisting he acted during that time to create thousands of jobs.
“I am very proud (…), it is very difficult to create jobs without companies or entrepreneurs,” the head of state added. “I’ll do it again tomorrow and the day after tomorrow,” he insisted after visiting STMicroelectronics’ company site.
As part of the “Uber Files,” an investigation based on thousands of internal Uber documents, Le Monde concluded that Uber and Emmanuel Macron had a secret “agreement” during his time in Percy.
The opposition continued to accuse him on Tuesday of protecting Uber’s interests when he himself was François Hollande’s economy minister (2014-2016) at a time when Uber was growing its presence in France.
“We introduce a kind of situation in which it is said that it is bad to see business leaders, especially foreigners. But I completely hypothesize it and look at you! I have seen entrepreneurs, horror! I have seen them, and it was always official, with collaborators. I am proud of it! They have job opportunities in France. If it has been created, I am very proud of it,” appealed Emmanuel Macron.
“As one of my predecessors says, it affects me without moving the other,” insisted the head of state, referring to a sentence attributed to Jacques Chirac.