Emmanuel Macron in Paris, France, April 17, 2017.
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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,

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