Why Thierry Breton - Macron's new pick for EU post - is epitome of French capitalism


After his first choice for EU Commissioner was rejected by MEPs, President Emmanuel Macron has nominated the veteran businessman and former government minister Thierry Breton as France's new candidate for the key Brussels post. But just how suitable is he? By flitting between business and politics, the former finance and economy minister has become a bridge between two worlds where collusion, cliquiness and conflicts of interest shamelessly run riot, argues Mediapart's Marine Orange.

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Since the beginning of his long, high-flying career, tech industrialist and former government minister Thierry Breton has grown used to being the man of last of resort, the go-to guy when all seems lost.