Emmanuel Macron officially became France’s president on Sunday, May 14, 2017.
The Daily Mail has a good write up, with plenty of repetitive photos of Macron’s £380 suit from Jonas and Cie and his 64-year-old wife Brigitte Trogneux’s teenage legs. Trogneux wore a powder blue Louis Vuitton suit, price unknown.
On the night he won the first round, Trogneux wore skin tight black leather trousers and a cropped jacket. Seen from the back, she could have been mistaken for a much younger woman.
But I digress.
The Mail has a photo of Macron’s parents, likely the only contemporary one we will ever see.
Sunday began with a huge red carpet rolled out at the Elysée Palace. After the ceremony inside, Hollande stood on the Elysée steps for the final time to rapturous applause. Macron escorted Hollande to a waiting car.
From there, the new president then went up the Champs Elysées to the Arc de Triomphe to lay a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier. A military ceremony took place.
After lunch at the Elysée Palace, Macron made a traditional presidential trip to the Hôtel de Ville (City Hall), which looked like this earlier in the day. Presumably, more people attended:
Then again, judging from the next tweet, I’m not so sure.
The caption translates as ‘The sadness of a president elected by default. No one there to acclaim him, nowhere. This pretence of a celebration!’:
It’s important to note the following:
Mr Macron, the former unelected Economy Minister, left Mr Hollande’s government to form his own electoral movement, En Marche! [On the Move], in April 2016.
Despite this, Hollande said he wanted today’s handover of power to be ‘simple, clear and friendly’…
The 64-year-old [Hollande] launched Macron’s political career, plucking him from the world of investment banking to be an advisor and then his economy minister.
‘I am not handing over power to a political opponent, it’s far simpler,’ Hollande said on Thursday.
The plan from the beginning was for Macron to win. Macron is Hollande’s heir apparent.
Macron had to run under another label, hence he created his own movement.
This is because the weakness of Hollande’s presidency had tarnished the Parti Socialiste (PS) so much that everyone knew they would have a tough time winning.
That said, Manuel Valls, a law and order candidate, would have been a very strong favourite. However, through party machine sabotage, Valls came second in the PS primaries to the lacklustre former education minister Benoît Hamon. There was no way that Hamon could have beaten the conservative François Fillon, who was top in the polls in January 2017.
In order for Macron to win — the plan all along — Fillon, Nicolas Sarkozy’s prime minister, had to be brought down. This began happening on January 25, through a series of alleged financial scandals which dogged him until April, effectively stopping his campaign.
With Fillon out of the way, Macron had a clear path to victory. The French do not want Marine Le Pen in the Elysée.
The beauty of Macron’s En Marche! is that, even if he makes a total hash of his five years in office, the PS will have regrouped by then and En Marche! can be quietly put to sleep, with its leader likely moving on to bigger and better things in the private sector.
The following tweet sums up the situation as Hollande left office:
All the above points explain the highly negative tweets surrounding Macron:
To clarify: if a French traveller’s stay is under 90 days, there is no visa requirement.
French presidents traditionally make their first trip to Germany, a pattern that Macron duly followed.
This will not end well.
I will have two posts on Macron’s private life coming up soon.