Letter from Paris: Macron gets down to business

Without a parliamentary majority, Macron will struggle to push through reform, writes Emma Kennedy in Paris

15th May, 2017
New French President Emmanuel Macron with his predecessor Francois Hollande in Paris yesterday Pic: Getty

Normally thronged with tourists and traffic, the area around the Arc de Triomphe in western Paris was calm yesterday morning. On the roundabout encircling the Arc, where 12 of the city’s major avenues converge, a tight security cordon was in operation ahead of a visit from the country’s new president a few hours later.

After an inauguration brimming with tradition, Macron’s first speech was an optimistic one, in which he vowed to...

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