The French presidential system: its courtiers and cretinous nature

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There is no doubt that the brave new world of Macronism is exhibiting all the hallmarks of a rather old world – that of an ancient monarchic regime. While it may not have the hereditary nature of a monarchy, it displays the privileges of caste and the arrogance of class, egocentric power and court society of one. Each new episode in the saga of this presidency confirms this and reveals, beyond the predictably neo-liberal aspect of its economic and social policies, a practice of politics that is a thousand miles from the “profound democratic revolution” promised in the first pages of Emmanuel Macron's election campaign book Révolution, published by XO Éditions in 2016.