Anti-Macron protests

Leading France appears to be an impossible job

Macron looks likely to go down as the latest French president to abandon reforms in the face of street protests.

Like most important politicians, Mr Emmanuel Macron is a polarising figure.

So Macron-haters have seized upon the unrest in Paris to argue that the French President stands revealed as a massively flawed leader - remote, arrogant and pushing an outdated neoliberal agenda. By contrast, Macron-lovers insist that their hero can ride out his current troubles and still be a transformative president.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 12, 2018, with the headline 'Leading France appears to be an impossible job'. Print Edition | Subscribe