Macron a 39-year old former investment banker won a decisive victory on May 7. He gathered more than 66% of the French vote against far-right’s 33.9%.
He now tackles a battle to gather a parliamentary majority in National Assembly elections on 11 and 18 June.
Macron worked for Hollande from 2012 to 2016, first as a senior adviser and then as economy minister. Opposition from Hollande’s Socialist camp forced Macron to backtrack on his ideas and proposals.
He resigned as economy minister and branded his fledgling political movement, En Marche!
A historical perspective offers similarities among Macron’s election and Napoleon’s arise to power.
During the French Revolution, from 1795 to 1799, the army led by Napoleon Bonaparte was nearly unstoppable. Brilliant victories brought him recognition, wealth and support.
Hearing of instability in the country, Napoleon deserted the battle field and headed back France. When returned, he overthrew the Directory (a committee which governed France from 1795 to 1799) and dissolved the legislature.
He instituted himself as first consul and the leader of a military dictatorship. Napoleon effectively ended the French Revolution.
Macron glimpsed Na…
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