Emmanuel Macron’s biography«Neither left nor right» Emmanuel Macron was considered to be an outsider, a dark-horse candidate at France’s presidential election in 2017. Controversial personal life, the secrecy surrounding his biography and his unexpected appearance on the political Olympus all drew attention to Macron’s persona. The presidential election, held on May 7, 2017, resulted in him winning and becoming the President of the French Republic.
Life before political careerEmmanuel Macron was born in December 1977 in Amiens, the city in Northern France. His parents were people of science: father, Jean-Michel Macron, professor of neurology at the University of Picardy, while his mother, Françoise, was a doctor of medicine.
Confident steps in politicsMacron’s political career began in 2006 after he joined the Socialist Party, where he was a member for the following three years. However, numerous French titles claimed Macron’s joining the party to be a formality – he never paid membership fees and didn’t participate in any party’s events.
Being at the forefront of economics, Macron passed a number of laws and amendments, including the famous Macron Law, adopted on August 6, 2015, which was fully titled «The law on economic growth, activity, and equal opportunities». The document stipulated a number of amendments regarding commerce, transport, construction, small businesses, the practice of law, and various other pressing issues.
Exactly a year later, Emmanuel Macron formed his own independent political party simply called En Marche. In the autumn of 2016, he formally declared his candidacy for the French presidency.
Emmanuel Macron was running for president of France in April of 2017. Based on the results after the first round of the election, both Macron and Marine Le Pen progressed to the second round with Macron leading with 23.82% of the votes against Le Pen’s 21.58%.
The second round of presidential election resulted in Emmanuel Macron receiving 66.06% of the vote and becoming President of France on May 7, 2017.
Emmanuel Macron’s personal lifeEveryone in France was intrigued by the personal life of the young politician with his own political movement. A personable and charismatic man is always accompanied by his wife, Brigitte Trogneux, who could be mistaken for his mother (Brigitte is 24 years his senior).
Emmanuel Macron todayIn 2018, Forbes included Emmanuel Macron in their annual The World’s Most Powerful People List, placing him in 12th place, unlike his predecessor, François Hollande, who was put in 23rd place.
In the summer of 2018, during Macron’s presidency, a political crisis occurred. Macron’s deputy chief of staff, Alexandre Benalla, beat up a protester during one of the May Day demonstrations. The situation eventually deteriorated and the peaceful protests turned into mass protests known as «The yellow vests movement» protests. Initially, the protesters expressed opposition to the increase of petroleum products prices and, as a consequence, the fuel prices.
In early November 2019, Macron noted that he understood the protesters and a few weeks later addressed the nation with a keynote speech on the need for environmental change and the creation of the Supreme Council for Climate. However, this initiative was negatively received by the majority of the French.