Recent global events, both within the United States and abroad, particularly in Europe, demonstrate why now more than ever our nation needs France as a political ally.

The democratic state of France, a nation located in Europe, is one of historical tradition, but with democratic institutions. The state itself has a semi-presidential regime, which has been in place since the 1958 Constitution of the Fifth Republic. France's current president, Emmanuel Macron, has proposed an immigration policy that welcomes refugees but maintains a strong border, and on foreign relations, he wants France to be open to collaboration across Europe while emphasizing the traditional French language. This approach to immigration, in which the strong borders are maintained in order to promote the safety of the nation, yet the policies of the nation are welcoming and helpful for refugees seeking help, is exactly the kind of thinking that should be present in the United States.

In a direct response to the terror attacks within France in recent years, "...Mr. Macron says he will reform police workloads and procedures" and "...recruit 10,000 new police officers." Once again, President Macron's proposed policies highlight plans to combat domestic terrorism, a problem the U.S. is currently dealing with, as well as the rise in mass shootings. By continuing to align our nation with France, we are aligning our government officials with those of the French administration, and collaboration can only mean good things for combating the horrific problem of terrorism.

France's current President, Emmanuel Macron, appointed Prime Minister Edouard Philippe in 2017. President Macron himself was elected in 2017 as well, so both the president and prime minister of France have been in office for two years. President Macron's policy proposals include an overhaul of the economy, in order to "...boost investment and set up a 'new growth model' that is both good for social mobility and the environment," and reforming the labor market by reducing the "...corporation tax from 33% to 25%." By focusing on growing the economy of the state, France and President Macron look to benefit the people of the nation. Moreover, by helping people live better lives and improve their quality of life-essential social mobility -- and protecting the environment -- the nation of France and President Macron are demonstrating sound priorities in their governance.

By keeping the United States' alliance with France, the policies of helping citizens, the economy, and the environment could be used as an example of how to help the people of the U.S.

In order to sustain peace across the globe and help promote positive connections in Europe, the United States of America should continue to keep France as a close ally. France's leadership in President Macron, his approach to the economy, a strong border while welcoming refugees, helping citizens and boosting social mobility, protecting the environment, and his approach to combating terrorism through a trained police force and laws that work all point to sound policies and reasoning that the U.S. would be wise to collaborate with.