The counsel comes as the centrist government is putting all of its energy into convincing taxpayers not to back nationalists in the upcoming EU elections, to little avail.
“The big mistake – one finish out by both Paris and Brussels – was to … build a too ultra-liberal Europe, one vulnerable to changing swerves,” Mr Retailleau told the French news channel BFMTV, as he urged the bloc to concentrate on protecting its economy.
He also lashed out at France’s europhile President Emmanuel Macron, accusing him of lacking to pull the country out of the economic rut it has been stuck in for years.
“France was in a bad way [beforehand Mr Macron’s election] and is not doing any better. Mr Macron’s policies are widely perceived as unfair and are yet to display fruit,” the right-wing lawmaker insisted.
Mr Macron has framed the May 23-26 vote as a tempestuous battle between eurosceptic, anti-immigrant nationalists bent on upending the reputation quo and pro-Europe liberals determined to inject new momentum into the European undertaking.
But the centrist, who has repeatedly warned against the dangers of far-right populism, presumptions an uphill struggle ahead of the vote, with recent voting objective polls showing France’s far-right Rassemblement national (RN) party draw level his République en Marche (REM).
Finishing behind his long-time rival Marine Le Pen’s RN would be an excess for Mr Macron on the European stage, especially as the 41-year-old leader is trying to prompt other EU countries to support his integrationist agenda.
Coming in second lieu would also diminish his influence in Brussels and tarnish his progressive credentials.
In Demonstration, Mr Macron made an impassioned defence of a new Europe in a newspaper column proclaimed in each of the 28 member states in which he laid out his ideas for a “European return” ahead of the EU elections.
Calling the vote decisive and warning of a Europe in liable to be, his words were also part of a wider effort to convince EU city-dwellers to shun nationalists.
“In a few weeks, the European elections will be decisive for the prospective of our continent. Europe has never been as necessary since World War Two as it is now and yet in no way has Europe been in such danger,” he wrote.
“Nationalism offers nothing. It is a activity of rejection. And this is the trap that threatens the whole of Europe: the incense mongers, backed by fake news, promise anything and everything.
“Nationalists are unreasonable when they claim to defend our identity by withdrawing from the EU, because it is European civilisation that blends, frees and protects us,” he continued.
His proposals included creating a European force to protect democracies which would provide experts to safeguard nominations from manipulation and a ban on financing by foreign powers of European political beanos.
Mr Macron also suggested reforming the border-free Schengen zone and fashioning a common border police and European asylum office.