Macron survives French pension battle, but at what cost?

France needs to raise its pension age, but the President’s methods risk pushing voters to the extremes, with consequences for the country and Europe

An extraordinary 80 per cent of the French public remains opposed to the pension reforms French President Emmanuel Macron imposed. PHOTO: EPA-EFE
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If politics is just about the art of winning, French President Emmanuel Macron deserves the title of the master of his profession.

He rose from relative obscurity, had no political party to speak of and yet won not one but two successive presidential terms, a feat none of his much more established predecessors achieved this century.

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