Wednesday, November 30, 2022

France’s youngest president wins again, difficulties and all

PARIS ( Associated Press) — In just five years as president of France, Emmanuel Macron has gone from a young novice in politics to a major world player and a weighty decision-maker in the European Union, spurring Russia’s war in Ukraine. deeply involved in efforts to eliminate ,

And now he has won a second termThe first French president to do so in a generation.

The outspoken 44-year-old centrist, with his non-stop diplomatic activism, hasn’t always had his way, but has earned his place on the international scene. Hopefully he will return to his work on Ukraine.

At home, Macron managed to gain some popularity after the “Yellow Vest” protest against social injustice. sent its approval for record lows in 2018. Opinion polls say many French admire his president’s stature and consider him a job in the face of major global crises. The COVID-19 pandemic and the Ukraine conflict.

They also show that they are often perceived as arrogant and out of touch with ordinary people.

Macron has been dubbed the “president of the rich”, especially during the yellow vest crisis. Some critics also condemn a perceived authoritarian attitude, blaming them for violent incidents involving police during street protests.

The job of president is his first elected office, although he came with a strong pedigree.

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Macron studied at the cole Nationale d’Administration, France’s elite school, and was a senior civil servant, then for some years a banker in Rothschild, then economic adviser to socialist President François Hollande.

He emerged from that backstage role on the political scene when he served as Minister of Economy in the government of Holland from 2014 to 2016.

A series of political surprises – including a corruption scandal involving a major rival – propelled Macron toward a presidential victory in 2017. He easily defeated the far-right candidate Marine Le Pen in his runoff that year on a promise to free up France’s economy to boost job creation. Attract foreign investment. He defeated him again on Sunday, but the race was close and Macron acknowledged that some voters supported him to keep Le Pen out of the presidency.

Macron, who describes himself as a “president who believes in Europe”, argues that the EU is the way for France to become stronger in the globalized world.

A strong proponent of the entrepreneurial spirit, he has relaxed the rules for hiring and firing workers and made it harder to obtain unemployment benefits. Critics accused him of destroying worker safety.

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Then the pandemic hit, and he acknowledged the vital role of the state in supporting the economy, massive spending, and supporting employees and business through public aid “whatever it costs.”

Earlier this month, at his biggest election rally near Paris, Macron paid an emotional tribute to his wife Brigitte, who “is what I care about most.” They can be seen kissing each other on the huge screen of the stadium.

On Sunday evening, he arrived at the plaza near the Eiffel Tower where Macron delivered his victory speech.

As First Lady, Brigitte Macron, who is 24 years older than her, has been involved in charity and other programs promoting culture, education and health.

Their romance began when he was a student in the high school where she was teaching in northern France. At that time a married mother of three children, she was looking after the drama club. Literature lover Macron was its member.

Macron moved to Paris for the final year of his high school. She eventually moved to the French capital to join him and got divorced. They married in 2007.


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