Emmanuel Macron's decision to open up Louis XIV's palace in Versailles for Russia's Vladimir Putin at the end of May made perfect sense for the newly elected French leader who once defined his future presidential style as "Jupiterian".As a matter of fact, the Hall of Mirrors features a painting by Charles Le Brun depicting Louis the Great holding thunder, the symbol of the king of the Roman gods, French historian Joël Cornette tells me. There are further similarities. It looks very much, Mr Cornette observes, as though the president -- who has hailed Charles de Gaulle and François Mitterrand as model "republican monarchs" -- has carefully studied the Sun King."President Macron seems keen to look impenetrable, distant, sovereign -- the trademark of Louis XIV," he says. Like the absolute monarch, who was the first king to take communication seriously (with Jean-Baptiste Colbert as France's first communication, or propaganda, adviser), Mr Macron appears intent on carefully crafting his image.
He just picked up a huge chunk of France's parliament. Pretty impressive for a political party that didn't exist a year ago.
shut up you guys. I need to believe in something good right now,
Quote from: el jefe on June 12, 2017, 04:42:44 PMshut up you guys. I need to believe in something good right now,eta: or if you prefer it to not be about personalities all of a sudden, this inflicted a humiliating defeat on a conservative party set to supposedly win in a landslide
Mr. Macron has politely but firmly challenged France's unions about changing what he regards as France's job-killing labor code, the most ambitious part of his domestic agenda.
But it is also a function of Mr. Macron's deeply held belief that France in some sense has been missing its king since the execution of Louis XVI on Jan. 21, 1793, and that his job is to fill the gap.
In his speech at Versailles on Monday, Macron launched what The Guardian is calling his "personalised approach to the presidency" by calling for a cut to the number of seats in Parliament by a third, and for Parliament not to legislate but instead to "evaluate" the government's actions. If Parliament balks, Macron promises to put this reduction of the legislature (in size and scope) to a national plebiscite. He also warned against the poor and the weak becoming "wards of the state."
so this guy is starting to look more and more like a piece of shit: https://www.facebook.com/corey.robin1/posts/1431794530219597?pnref=storyQuoteIn his speech at Versailles on Monday, Macron launched what The Guardian is calling his "personalised approach to the presidency" by calling for a cut to the number of seats in Parliament by a third, and for Parliament not to legislate but instead to "evaluate" the government's actions. If Parliament balks, Macron promises to put this reduction of the legislature (in size and scope) to a national plebiscite. He also warned against the poor and the weak becoming "wards of the state."
ok Macron's recent speech on Africa is pretty convincing that he's a POS. Still better than Le Pen, but.
France's newly elected president, Emmanuel Macron, when asked in a press conference at the G20 summit in Hamburg why there was no Marshall plan for Africa, explained that Africa had "civilisational" problems. He added that part of the challenge facing the continent was the countries that "still have seven to eight children per woman".
Still, a better leader than trump.
Hard to outdo Trump for fail.
Mr Macron, France's youngest leader since Napoleon, is pushing through controversial plans to strip away workers' rights and labour market regulations.. . .The early months of the president's administration have also been tarnished with allegations of financial irregularities among members of his government, as well as planned cuts to housing support for people on low-incomes.
in more detail: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/france-rethinks-romance-macron-popularity-sinks-49061858turns out that "not a nazi" doesn't actually provide a mandate for a "jupiterian" quasi-monarchical turn in government, huh!
The government also launched the labor reforms that were central to Macron's campaign promise to boost France's lagging economy through pro-free market policies. Changes would include capping the potential financial penalties for companies sued for firing employees and giving businesses greater leeway to set workplace rules instead of relying on collective bargaining agreements.
Labor unions and France's far-left parties are fighting the reforms, saying they would weaken hard-won worker protections. Critics also resent the way Macron is trying to speed their approval. The government is invoking a special procedure to avoid a lengthy debate in parliament.Daniel Fasquelle, a lawmaker from the conservative The Republicans party denounced Macron for what he called the "will to weaken all opposition" and for refusing to give interviews. Except for carefully choreographed photo opportunities, the president has distanced himself from the media. He canceled the traditional Bastille Day television interview.
le pen's gonna win next time, lol