At only 39 years of age, Emmanuel Macron is the youngest president in French history and is only a year younger than Napoleon Bonaparte was when he became first consul of the French Republic. Claiming his opinions are more centered than left or right, Macron won the elections in a landslide, with 65% of the votes on his side. The French election is also historic because, unlike the UK’s Brexit or the US’s presidential elections, the French citizens voted for open boundaries and fair trade in the country.
Here are 5 Things You Didn't Know About The New French President.
5. He Started From The Bottom
18 months ago, when he left former President Francois Hollande’s socialist party, he was criticized for his move and many considered him a failure in the making.
But in a short span of time, Macron’s presidential campaign, En Marche!, received more than 200,000 signed members. His political movement promised that he wouldn't differentiate between the left and the right and will treat everyone with humility and love.
4. He Was Introduced To Politics By Former President Hollande
Macron who will swear in as France’s 25th president worked as an investment banker before being appointed as the economy minister by the former President. During his tenure, from 2014 to 2016 as an economy minister, he introduced the ‘Macron Law.’
3. His Parents Have A Science Background
His father is a physicist, and his mother was a professor of neurology. So, we can probably expect him to side with science and support the Paris Agreement like his predecessor.
2. Macron's Wife Is 25 Years Older Than Him
Macron’s marriage to 64-year-old Brigitte Trogneux is often a topic of discussion in the media. Brigitte was Macron’s teacher; he was 15 years old when they fell in love. She has three children from her earlier marriage.
1. He Has A String Of Degrees
Macron completed his schooling at Lycee Henri-IV. He completed his undergraduate program from there, as well. Later, he studied philosophy at the University of Paris-Ouest Nanterre La Defense, where he obtained a DEA degree. In 1999, he worked as an editorial assistant to French Protestant philosopher, Paul Ricoeur, who was at that time writing his last major work, La Mémoire, l'Histoire, l'Oubli.
Congratulations started pouring from leaders all around the world. He had a talk with German chancellor Angela Merkel on the phone and said he would visit Berlin shortly. Trump tweeted him a congratulatory message and so did Japanese President, Shinzo Abe.