Emmanuel Macron, the French president, qualified for the second round of the 2022 presidential election. At 44, he was the youngest head of state in France. Who is this man who wants to block the far right?
On May 7, 2017, at the age of 39, he became the 8th president of the 5th Republic, and the youngest president in the history of presidents in France.
Emmanuel Macron was born in 1977 to a neurologist father and a pediatrician mother. He was throughout his school career, a model student, always having the best grades.
He was educated in a Catholic school, and that’s where he met the one who would later become his wife, Brigitte Trogneux, a French teacher, 24 years his senior.
Very young, Emmanuel Macron already knew what he wanted and was determined to marry the one who will be the future first lady of France.
He followed an exemplary career at Science Po Paris, obtained a DEA in political philosophy at the University of Nanterre and entered the prestigious National School of Administration (ENA) in 2002.
In 2007 he was appointed Deputy General Rapporteur of the Attali Commission. A year later, he went on leave from the public service to become an investment banker at Rothschild and made a fortune.
Four years later, in 2012, he joined the world of politics on a permanent basis, joining the team of former socialist president François Hollande.
In 2014, at the age of 37, he was appointed Minister of the Economy in the government of Manuel Valls II, and was known for his “Macron” law for growth, activity and equal economic opportunity which simplifies banking operations, procedures and reduces delays.
Emmanuel Macron, is a Europhile who believes that France is stronger in its European environment. He is very focused on work. For him, it is a fundamental element of his policy and a value in which he believes as well as other Republican values.
“I consider that work is a value. Because it is the first source of individual emancipation and because it is the most powerful way to free oneself from determinism: it is through work that one can become whoever one wants to be”, he indicated in his biography just after talking about his personal life.
Second value to which Emmanuel Macron is attached is that of freedom, he links his love of the philosophy which instilled in him these world values;
Freedom “for me, it is based on the desire to understand, to discover, to analyze independently”, he said, adding that this is what makes him able to say what he thinks “whatever it takes”.
Two last values of the president, “loyalty” and “openness, on the one hand that which makes him legitimate because he remains faithful to himself, to his values, to what he is and to what he thinks. Faithful “to my family and my friends. To my convictions and to my country,” he added.
On the other hand, openness, according to him, is the only way to progress while remaining yourself, seeing elsewhere how things were to improve.
“While I grew up and studied in France and feel viscerally French: I have always tried to travel, for pleasure as for work, in order to see how it was possible to do better at home,” said he declared.
In 2016, Emmanuel Macron sought to breathe new life into French politics, resigning from the Socialist Party, which he had joined in 2001, and founding his own political movement, bringing together the two traditional French political sides, the right and the left.
He claims to be on the left, it is also from the PS that he comes from. He also considers himself to be “liberal”, and his position as a centrist appeals to the greatest number since he brings together the ideas of each other.
Ambitious, hardworking, gifted for business but being a son of the public service, Emmanuel Macron juggled between the two sectors having also been a finance inspector after the ENA. Like a real chameleon, he is a jack-of-all-trades who feels at ease both on the side of the unions and that of the bosses.