How France’s New President Will Change the World

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Emmanuel Macron has just pulled off a great political upset, winning the presidency of France in a landslide little more than a year after creating his own political party. Call him a political entrepreneur, a thirtysomething outsider, a disruptor on a par with Donald Trump. But he’s also the ultimate establishment figure, a Europeanist who opened his victory party with the European Union’s anthem, a former Rothschild banker who wants to save the system, not blow it up.

What everyone agrees on is that this has been one of the most consequential French elections in decades. Beyond that, we’re struggling to figure out what it all means. Are Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin and Theresa May really the losers? Should those bureaucrats in Brussels really be drinking Champagne in celebration of the results? Is Macron an untested newcomer—or a brilliant political strategist who can help save Europe?

We convened a special French election edition of The Global Politico for some reality-checking with POLITICO’s European colleagues Nicholas Vinocur in Paris and Ryan Heath in Brussels. Heath, author of the daily Brussels Playbook, and Vinocur, who chronicled the campaign from the start and has spent hundreds of hours reporting on the rise of French right-wing populist Marine Le Pen, took us backstage on what it was like to cover this unprecedented campaign—complete with Trumpian accusations of “fake news” and other American imports—and what will come next.


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