President Macron's trio of thorny problems as new political year begins

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The first series of the Macron show has come to an end. Now, as the political world returns after the summer break, the show threatens to become more of a (grim) reality TV series. President Macron is confronted by three main issues: his economic policy is right-wing, many of his key measures are unpopular and he lacks heavyweight communicators in his party's ranks. As a result the new head of state seems set to change his communication strategy and get more involved in the fray. Mediapart's editor François Bonnet reports.

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The education minister Jean-Michel Blanquer has a big plan for the start of the new academic year on Monday 4 September; at his suggestion, pupils in secondary and primary schools up and down the country will be greeted with songs and music. The Ministry of Education says it will be a happy, positive and motivating experience for the youngsters who will, it hopes, be joined in the fun by teachers, parents and headteachers alike.