François Hollande has aimed a shot at Marine Le Pen in Singapore
Françoise Hollande, the first leader of his nation to visit the Southeast Asian country, insisted “inward looking policy” must be avoided by individual Governments.
Mr Hollande alluded to the benefits of countries working as one, with blanket policies, when he defended multilateralism.
At the same time, he insisted the rise of populism must be tackled – without naming names.
The speech comes as multiple referenda in Europe, global financial woes and a presidential vote in his home country, threaten the future of the European Union.
He said: ”Instead of closing down borders or building walls, we need a regulated globalisation based on the sovereignty of nations and the strength of international organisations, especially the United Nations.
"This temptation to look inwards is not only dangerous, but it leads to a dead end.
"I want to deliver a message of lucidity, because the world is threatened, but also a message of truth and will."
François Hollande spoke in Singapore
He did not discuss the French election but appeared to point at Ms Le Pen’s policies, who multiple polls have put as winning the first round of voting.
The National Front leader wants to put France first and levy a tax on foreign workers as one of her top priorities.
Presidential candidate Marine Le Pen wants to have a referendum on EU membership
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This is the temptation of looking inward and it can have heavy consequences for big democracies
Mr Hollande spoke about a number of issues – inclding the threat of terrorism.
At home, 230 people have died in France in attacks by the Islamic State (ISIS), in just two years.
The threat of terror, he said, is another reason countries should be sticking together.
He said: "Terrorists can use people's fears to impose solutions that are contrary to our interests.
“This is the temptation of looking inward and it can have heavy consequences for big democracies."
The President said France is "fully committed to fighting the scourge (of terrorism), which can strike anywhere,"
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He went on to insist more cooperation between governments, police, judiciaries, and intelligence services is needed.
He said: "We must use technology against those who look to use technology to destroy our society."
"When France was struck, I made sure that national cohesion was preserved because that's what terrorists want to attack, they want a division of society."
Terror financing, he said, must be stopped.
Francois Hollande in Singapore with CEO of National Parks Board, Kenneth Er
Mr Hollande did not discuss his country's presidential election at the event on Monday.
The President, who will be replaced in May, spoke at an event organised by local research center ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute.
France is Singapore's second-largest trading partner in the EU and 1,800 French businesses are based in the Southeast Asian nation.