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Why Macron's faltering fortunes matter beyond France

Much hope is being pinned on the French leader to defend the liberal order. But this is being threatened by his domestic political problems and potential over-reach

French President Emmanuel Macron spent the weekend hosting scores of heads of state and government assembled in Paris for the grand events marking a centenary since the end of World War I.

The commemorations put Mr Macron in precisely the posture he enjoys most: as president of a France which now speaks for an entire European continent, and as an international leader prepared to stand up for global moral values, a sort of preacher-in-chief.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 12, 2018, with the headline 'Why Macron's faltering fortunes matter beyond France'. Print Edition | Subscribe