Comme tous ceux qui, venant de la gauche, ont appelé à voter pour Emmanuel Macron en 2017, j’ai été bousculé dans mes convictions par la force inattendue des événements qui ont eu lieu ces dernières semaines. Comment ne pas l’être dans une telle unanimité médiatique ambiante (« il est totalement déconnecté » ; « supprimer l’ISF a été le péché originel », etc.), et devant le spectacle peu rassurant d’un pouvoir improvisant ses réponses au gré des journées d’action? Continue reading “Gilets jaunes : La République En Marche doit à revenir à ses inspirations premières”
Article first published on Social Europe on 24 May 2017
For the first time in years, France is being looked at with interest and admiration. The country is having its ‘Obama moment’: the feeling that no ambition is too high for a great nation, especially when it comes to carrying the torch of liberal democracy and optimism.
In fact, the parallels between Obama’s 2008 and Macron’s 2017 victories are staggering. In both cases, a charming new face of exceptional talent and self-confidence emerges against all odds to offer a radical departure from the past. Politically, Macron, like Obama, comes from the centre-left but proposes to work with moderates from both sides and to break away from ideological posturing. Economically, the new French President puts forward the vision of social mobility, innovation economics, and egalitarian liberalism once championed by Obama. Culturally, it is hard not to notice the commonality between Obama’s multicultural patriotism and Macron’s proud promotion of an evolving French identity.
Article first published on Social Europe.
When asked where he stands on the left-right axis, Emmanuel Macron gives a long answer along these lines: “I come from the left, but I don’t believe the left-right divide is the right one today. Look at how both the left and the right are divided, and how primaries have reinforced radicals from each side. Look at the number of issues on which there is a left-right consensus. I believe in another axis, which matters more today: the opposition between progressives and conservatives.”
This ambiguous positioning has earned Macron a lot of mockery. As the old joke on the French left goes, when someone claims to be neither left nor right, then he/she is right-wing. Opponents from either side of the political spectrum accuse him of being a classic liberal centrist, sharing common features with ex-president Valéry Giscard D’Estaing. The recent alliance formed with historic centrist figure François Bayrou only validates their assumption. Continue reading “More To Macron Than Ideological Ambiguity”