Macron seeks to boost his global image

French President Emmanuel Macron was in Iraq over the weekend seeking to bolster his global credentials ahead of his 2022 bid for re-election and, notably, drawing a contrast between US policies and those of France.

Macron has been very active on the diplomatic front in recent days, taking vocal positions on Afghanistan, Iraq and the Sahel.

When he went to Iraq, Macron sought to reaffirm the principles of his foreign policies, to mark the continuing presence of France and to show that France still has a role to play in the Middle East, a role that differs from that of the United States.