“I'm not in favour of the power of money overriding politics.” Before finally choosing to support Emmanuel Macron, the veteran centrist politician François Bayrou had let rip about the former economy minister, the founder of En Marche! and now independent candidate in the French presidential election. He judged the 39-year-old ex-civil servant to be “unqualified” to become president of the fifth global economic power, while the closeness of the former merchant banker to the business world caused him grave concern. “Behind Emmanuel Macron,” he proclaimed, “there are major financial interests that are incompatible with the impartiality demanded by public office.”