Vive le Roi!
He pushes through reform after reform, sleeps four hours a night, works with a small team. He believes in the emancipation of the individual, progress and competence as keys to success.
- Monday, 30 April 2018
In July 2015, Emmanuel Macron was minister of the economy. No one, absolutely no one, had any idea that he would become the next president of the French Republic. “In our political framework, there’s one great ﬁgure missing – the king – which I believe the French would rather have kept”. These were Macron’s words, spoken in an interview with Le 1 Hebdo weekly.
The statement appears to have not made any waves at the time. But those words, examined again now that the young president has taken oﬃce, demonstrate Macron’s desire to become a forceful leader (aside from the smiles and good manners) with the backing of the ‘monarchic’ institutions of the Fifth Republic. They have taken on their proper meaning: Vive le Roi!