With less than two months to go until France votes for a new president, Emmanuel Macron has unveiled his manifesto. The former investment banker wants to modernize France and offer an alternative to traditional left and right politics. His wife is Brigitte Trogneux, who is 24 years his senior and was formerly his high school teacher.
Macron has promised to transform the nation of France, which he feels is stagnating with a mix of socially liberal, pro-business, and pro-European policies. Unlike many Socialists in France, Macron is in favor of allowing refugees and other immigrants into the country. He also promises to “evaluate” France’s state of emergency and would not take any new measures on terrorism. Additionally, like most politicians, he wants to focus on improving education and reducing the national deficit.
While he was previously not well-liked, he is now a front-runner as a candidate. Macron is suggesting a “complete, radical transformation, a total change in many areas”, rather than just a reform. While Macron is popular with the younger urban generation, he is working to win the votes of other French people, such as farmers and other rural voters.
Many farmers are struggling to make ends meet and are hoping that Macron follows through with what he promises – to make positive changes. Part of the reason for Macron’s positive success is because of his opponents’ misfortunes. Two of his opponents are facing criminal charges and dealing with legal issues. There continue to be more twists in an increasingly unpredictable election.