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Zaid Jilani responds to NYT report on leftist ideas creating turmoil in France

Journalist Zaid Jilani joined Hill.TV's "Rising" on Tuesday to respond to a report in The New York Times detailing turmoil in France's political landscape which some French leaders have blamed on leftist ideas originating from U.S. universities.

Speaking with co-hosts Saagar Enjeti and Krystal Ball, Jilani discussed comments from top French officials including President Emmanuel MacronEmmanuel Jean-Michel MacronMacron urges US, EU to share vaccine doses Biden to champion alliances, democracy as he meets with foreign partners Overnight Defense: NATO expanding troops in Iraq MORE, who in October blamed "[c]ertain social science theories entirely imported from the United States" for fueling division in French society.

"The French are seeing a lot of this coming out from America, and they're saying, 'That's just not our context, it's not our culture, it's not how we deal with issues here.' And you're seeing somewhat of a backlash there," Jilani said, referring to recent demonstrations in support of the Black Lives Matter movement that were widespread in the U.S. last year and also occurred in France.

Jilani added that Macron's comments likely came in response to political pressure resulting from the continued power of France's right-wing party headed by Marine Le Pen.

"I think Macron also has to put on a strong face and say, you know, 'be more of a French chauvinist,'" Jilani said.

Watch part of Jilani's interview above: