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What Foreigners Don't Get About Emmanuel Macron

In transcending left-right divides, the French president may be creating a monster of a different sort.
Source: Ludovic Marin / Reuters

Foreigners are fascinated by French President Emmanuel Macron. And why shouldn’t they be? He’s the youngest-ever president of the French Republic, elected with no party and no previous electoral experience, a virtual nobody just two years before he leaped to the forefront of the French political scene. Of course people are curious.

But there’s another reason my non-French friends bombard me with questions about my president. Like myself, most of them have advanced degrees and upper-middle-class backgrounds. This sort of socioeconomic status correlates strongly with affection for Macron.

His views mirror those held by

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