7 interesting facts about France’s new president
Emmanuel Macron beat Marine Le Pen at the presidential polls by a decisive margin to become the youngest president-elect of France. Here are seven interesting facts about him:
1. In 2014, Macron became Minister of Economy, Industry and Digital Data under President Francois Hollande. Earlier in his career, Macron was an investment banker and then the secretary-general at the Elysée Palace.
2. Before Sunday’s victory in the presidential election, Macron had never held an elected office. He is not currently a member of any of France’s political parties, running in the presidential election as a centrist.
3. Macron is pro European Union, he wants to push market and labour reforms to make France more competitive and deepen its ties to the EU.
4. During the presidential campaign, Macron was described as pro-business and a supporter of globalisation.
5. Macron says he will make France more business friendly and lower corporate taxes. He has promised to lower the corporate tax rate from 33 per cent to 25 per cent. He also wants to keep the legal work week at 35 hours but leave negotiation of real work hours to companies.
6. Macron has said that France’s security policies have unfairly targeted Muslims. At a rally in October 2016, he said: “No religion is a problem in France today, if the state should be neutral, which is at the heart of secularism, we have a duty to let everybody practice their religion with dignity.”
7. Macron has stated that he would not adopt any new measures on terrorism and is promising to lift the state of emergency and reinforce community policing.