Macron leaves home woes behind on trip to charm US

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French President Emmanuel Macron arrived in the United States on Monday for a three-day state visit, the first of its kind by a foreign head-of-state since the election of Donald Trump as president. Mediapart’s US correspondent Mathieu Magnaudeix analyses American perceptions of the French president as a bulwark against the advance of populist politics and an antidote to Trump, who one US media commentator even ventured to describe as “a beacon for progressives hoping to find their way back to the halls of power across the democratic world”.  

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On the eve of his state visit to the Unites States, Emmanuel Macron opened up the doors of the French presidential office, the Elysée Palace, to the US edition of Vanity Fair. The resulting feature, illustrated with flatteringly photos by celebrated photographer Annie Leibovitz, was entitled “Emmanuel Macron opens up about Iran and his new pal at the West Wing”.