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Macron preaches European democracy as ‘our best chance’

An evangelist for a more integrated and reformed EU, French president Emmanuel Macronremains a polarising figure at home

22nd April, 2018
Emmanuel Macron will mark one year in office on May 7 Picture: PA

Manfred Weber could not have been more gushing. “This house has waited a long time for a French president like you,” the European People’s Party (EPP) leader told Emmanuel Macron last Tuesday. Nearly a year into his term, the young French president had come to the occasional seat of the European Parliament to deliver a speech on the future of the EU.

The 40-year-old centrist whose election upset France’s political establishment...

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