Macron on the march to centre of French politics

Macron on the march to centre of French politics
By Christopher Cummins  with Agencies

Macron the independent at the centre of French politics

The cameras are rolling recording the rise of Emmanuel Macron from the shadows to the spotlight.

Three years ago Macron was an unknown.

Many say his spectacular rise displays a need for a fresh face in French politics for others his elevation is because of the failure of the traditional political classes.

Journalist Anne Fulda, has recorded his elevation in a book and says his is a remarkable turn in fortune: “What’s striking is he sets out, apparently with very little in his favour, but he throws himself into ventures. Some people find parallels between him and Napoleon Bonaparte in that he is direct and to the point.”

In 2012, Macron left banking giants Rothschild to join François Hollande’s team in government.

He was soon in the eye of a storm as he championed a controversial reform bill.

It has now become a central pillar of his ‘social model’ and has attracted cross party support, including former Prime Minister Manuel Valls and wide grassroots backing.

Macron says his “En March” or “Onwards” pro-business movement aims to end the traditional left-right divide in French politics

A youthful 39 his age is of interest to the gossip mongers, add to that his marriage to Brigitte Trogneux, his former teacher and 24 years his senior.

But their enduring relationship is seen by some as a sign of his committment to France.

Gregoire Campion has known the couple for years:“I thought it was a wonderful love story. On top of that he was very well accepted by Brigitte’s children. It’s their personal story and I don’t have to interfere in it but I think it is really beautiful. It’s a proof of commitment, the same way as he commits himself for France.”

Critics have made much of the fact he has never been elected, but his message is gaining in popularity, which is quite an achievement for an ex-banker a profession historically scorned in France.

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