|25th President of France|
From: May 14, 2017-
|Vice President||Édouard Philippe (Prime Minister)|
|Successor||Incumbent (no successor)|
Emmanuel Macron (born December 21, 1977) is a liberal French politician and a former Banker of the Rothschild & Cie Banque. On May 7, 2017, he won the French Presidential election, defeating right-wing populist Marine Le Pen, with 66.1% of the vote, and he became the 25th president of the French Republic a week later. Macron is a europhile who strongly supports the socialist and globalist European Union.
Macron was born on December 21, 1977, in Amiens, he studied on the Jésuites de la Providence and later philosophy on the Paris Nanterre University.
Macron worked for the Inspection générale des finances, a financial administrative body in France. He left this company with a transfer of €50.000. After that he worked in a high rank at the Banque Rothschild & Cie.
En Marche! and the 2017 French presidential election
Macron was a member of the French Socialist Party (Parti Socialiste) in the past, in 2016 he founded the party En Marche! a leftist liberal party which supports, or is at least friendly towards, a federal European Union, anti-Israel policies, and mass-immigration policies which continue after five years by President Hollande.
Former United States President Barack Obama spoke with Macron, indicating his support for the candidate in the 2017 French presidential election. After the first round, Obama explicitly endorsed Macron's candidacy. By contrast, incumbent U.S. President Donald Trump called his opponent, the euroskeptic Marine Le Pen, the strongest of the presidential candidates, particularly on borders and security; and British politician and radio talk show host Nigel Farage endorsed Le Pen.
During the last days of the campaign, Macron stated that terrorism would be "part of our daily lives for the years to come." He voiced opposition to arresting and deporting the known radical Islamists in France due to "intelligence" purposes.
Macron won first place in the first round of the election, advancing to the runoff along with Le Pen.
During the election runoff, a socially conservative group which promotes family values, Manif pour Tous ("Protest for everyone"), strongly urged voters not to vote for Macron due to his extreme socially leftist and anti-family policies.
The media was desperate to influence the election outcome and framed Macron in a flattering light. They called Macron an independent centrist. Yet he is a left-wing liberal (by US standards) who openly and strongly supports globalism, extreme European integration and the EU, the politically socialist status quo, and left-wing former U.S. President Barack Obama. Macron is not much different from the current French president Hollande on social issues although on economic issues he is more pragmatic.
In April 2017, Macron refused to communicate and denied press access to the Russian state channel RT, which his campaign accused of spreading fake news and disinformation. This measure is comparable to President Trump's decision to refuse several liberal media outlets, such as CNN, from his press meetings, where there was much criticism about this "press ban" as opposed to the little criticism over Macron's actions, which exposes the further hypocrisy by liberals.
In a speech later in the campaign, Macron called the Le Pen voters/supporters "hateful cowards", "anti-France" and "true enemies", displaying his liberal values. This was seen as similar to Hillary Clinton's "deplorable" statement.
About nine gigabytes of data of emails from the campaign of French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron were posted online by a user called EMLEAKS to Pastebin on Friday the fifth of May. The En Marche! Movement has been the victim of a massive and co-ordinated hack this evening which has given rise to the diffusion on social media of various internal information." the statement said.
Macron's first phone call as president-elect was to Angela Merkel. He assumed office on May 14, 2017, and immediately set to lobbying additional EU centralization. Despite inviting U.S. climate scientists to move to France during the campaign, none had accepted his request by his early presidency. He received criticism for attempting to control media coverage over his administration.
Macron chose an authoritarian and elitist governing style, and his administration's officials stated he would not hold question-answer press conferences because his thinking was too "complex" for journalists to understand. He has been criticized for having an arrogant personality.
Rather than contemplate France's and Europe's historically low birth rates and population loss, Macron (who himself has no children) criticized Africans for having "seven or eight children per woman", which he said explains the continent's poor condition.
In attempting to adhere to the Paris climate agreement, which Macron strongly supported, the Macron Administration stopped granting licenses for oil and gas exploration in France and its territories, and it set a goal of ending the sale of gasoline and diesel vehicles by 2040 in its effort to comply with the agreement's carbon reduction goals.
In an attack on U.S. President Donald Trump's climate policies, Macron announced he would host a contest for American climate change scientists and award "Make Our Planet Great Again" grants to the winners. By December 2017, 13 climate scientists accepted his offer.
Free speech and political correctness
In November 2017, Macron proposed making "gender-based insults" illegal in France, a politically correct move that would lead to the further reduction of free speech rights in the country. In an April 2018 speech in front of the U.S. Congress, Macron called for media censorship in order to combat what he called "fake news."
During his 2017 presidential campaign, Macron frequently flew the EU flag, and as president in 2017, France officially recognized the European Union's flag and anthem. In his new year address, Macron broke from tradition by addressing his "fellow citizens" of the EU rather than of just France, and he called on them to resist "nationalists and [Euro]sceptics" in 2018.
In April 2018, Macron stated that a "historic" and "unprecedented" age of mass migration was beginning in Europe, and that "Europe has its destiny bound with Africa." Also in April 2018, Macron stated that mass migration was "not linked" to the high crime rates for migrants in Europe and that Europeans actually were to blame for them.
Macron advocated for globalist policies as the French president. At the 2017 United Nations meeting, Macron gave a speech directly opposed to U.S. President Donald Trump's speech, with the latter supporting nationalist policies. On April 25, 2018, Macron gave a speech to the U.S. Congress in which he again spoke out against Trump's nationalist, America First policies, as well as nationalism in general, favoring globalism and expressing a belief in the Idea of Progress. In that speech, Macron misattributed a famous phrase used by Ronald Reagan to Theodore Roosevelt.
Macron's approval ratings fell deeply in his first three months in office. Most commentators attributed this to his authoritarian tendencies and aggressive media self-promotion. By the first 100-day mark of his presidency, Macron's approval ratings were at 36%, 10% lower than his predecessor's was at the same point in his presidency. It was noted that Macron's approval rating fell even lower than U.S. President Donald Trump, who the mainstream media noted had low poll numbers himself.
An Ifop-Fiducial poll taken in April 2018 found that 58% of French voters were unhappy with Macron, and 73% described him as authoritarian.
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