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Most Americans paying attention to global affairs have some conception of his opponent, nationalist firebrand Marine Le Pen, but Macron is likely to be very much a black box. I hope today’s post changes that.
- Emmanuel Macron, 39, met wife Brigitte Trogneux, 64, when she was his teacher
- Presidential hopeful was 15 when he met his future wife at a private Jesuit school
- Macron won first round of French presidential election receiving 23.75% of vote
- Miss Trogneux, 25 years his senior, is now set to become next first lady in France
- Macron told her when he was 17 that he was going to marry her, she recalled
- Footage shows Macron as a teenager acting on stage before kissing his future wife on the cheek…
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If you want to know the likely result of next month’s French presidential election run off, just look at how the markets responded. The euro and the French markets both jumped dramatically.
And this has nothing to do with the underlying strength of the sclerotic, unionised, statist, overtaxed, unproductive French economy or, indeed, with the future of the doomed euro.
It was simply a case of the status quo breathing a sigh of relief that it was going to be business as usual, after all: Emmanuel Macron, the de facto Establishment candidate is now pretty much a shoo-in for the French presidency; his rival, Marine Le Pen doesn’t stand a prayer – of that the Establishment will make sure.
But Brexit. But Donald Trump…