Managing the Migrant Crisis
How Europe Pushes Migrants Onto Boats
The Return of No-Man’s Land
Europe's Asylum Crisis and Historical Memory
A Self-Interested Approach to Migration Crises
Push Factors, Pull Factors, and Investing In Refugees
The Elephant in the Room
Islam and the Crisis of Liberal Values in Europe
Jordan's Refugee Experiment
A New Model for Helping the Displaced
France on Fire
The Charlie Hebdo Attack and the Future of al Qaeda
Laïcité Without Égalité
Can France Be Multicultural?
Europe's Dangerous Multiculturalism
Why the Continent Fails Minority Groups
ISIS' Next Target
Terrorism After Brussels
The French Connection
Explaining Sunni Militancy Around the World
The French Disconnection
Francophone Countries and Radicalization
The Myth of Lone-Wolf Terrorism
The Attacks in Europe and Digital Extremism
Keeping Europe Safe
Counterterrorism for the Continent
The Continent's Leader Needs Intelligence Reform
British Counterterrorism Policy After Westminster
London Can Do More to Prevent Radicalization
Europe’s Populist Surge
A Long Time in the Making
Merkel's Last Stand
Letter from Berlin
There Is No Alternative
Why Germany’s Right-Wing Populists Are Losing Steam
The Schulz Effect Faces Its First Test
Will Reviving Germany's Social Democrats Be Enough to Unseat Merkel?
The Future of Dutch Democracy
What the Election Revealed About the Establishment—and Its Challengers
The Right Way to Leave the EU
Pulling the Trigger on Brexit
And Passing the Point of No Return
Theresa May's Gamble
Why Britain's Snap Election Will Do Little to Ease Brexit
France’s Next Revolution?
A Conversation With Marine Le Pen
Europe in Russia's Digital Cross Hairs
What’s Next for France and Germany—and How to Deal With It
Why French Voters Rejected Le Pen
Austria's Populist Puzzle
Why One of Europe's Most Stable States Hosts a Thriving Radical Right
Europe's Hungary Problem
Viktor Orban Flouts the Union
Europe's Autocracy Problem
Polish Democracy's Final Days?
Emmanuel Macron, the 39-year-old former economy minister who grew up as the son of two doctors in the provincial backwater of Amiens, will be the next president of France, having won with around 66 percent of the vote. Although he has never held elective office, he defeated the redoubtable Marine Le Pen, the heiress to a populist dynasty founded by her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, who defended torture in Algeria, called Nazi gas chambers a mere “detail” of history, and once punched a female Socialist politician in the face.
The Le Pens have adopted Joan of Arc as their hero. Joan, a child of the people who is considered by some the “mother of the French nation,” heard voices that told her to boot foreigners—the English—out of France. The Le Pens hearken to the same voices, although the identity of the foreigner has changed.
In this election, however, it is Macron who appears to have been listening to otherwise unheard voices. While still serving under outgoing President François Hollande, the fledgling economy minister hatched a plan to replace his boss. After he founded a movement called En Marche! (Onward!) in April 2016, advisers warned Hollande that the man whom the president had once described as his spiritual son was preparing to run against him. Yet despite long years as a political insider, Hollande dismissed such rumors.
The young prodigy’s remarkable rise began when he graduated near the top of his class from the highly selective National School of Administration, the nursery of the French elite. This gave him entry into the most prestigious of France’s administrative corps, the Inspectorate General of Finance. He thus began his career already near the top of the ladder. After a short detour into the private sector, where he spent a few years working as an investment banker, Macron returned to government as a senior member of Hollande’s staff. From there he was appointed economy minister, a post from which he resigned
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