France Analysis

Macron attracts the crowds – but where are his policies?

With just over 70 days to go before the first round of the French presidential election, former economy minister Emmanuel Macron continues to attract large crowds to his rallies and is doing well in the opinion polls. Yet what does the founder of the 'En Marche!' political movement - who keeps talking about “bringing people together” - actually plan to do if he is elected president? Mathieu Magnaudeix attended Macron's latest gathering but came away little the wiser.

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It was supposed to be the event at which Emmanuel Macron rang the starting bell for his presidential campaign. On Saturday February 4th the former employment minister and independent candidate held a rally on friendly territory in the eastern city of Lyon, where his friend and supporter Gérard Collomb is socialist mayor and senator.

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