Macron revolts against French party system, but short on new ideas

Macron revolts against French party system, but short on new ideas

Former French economy minister Emmanuel Macron has often been tacked as a maverick politician, unchained to party allegiances or ideologies. But as he launches his presidential campaign, experts question the novelty of his views. Macron, 38, on Wednesday announced he would be a candidate in France’s 2017 presidential elections, confirming his widely outed ambition to […]

Presidential hopeful Macron sets out ideas to fix France’s ‘self-serving’ politics

Presidential hopeful Macron sets out ideas to fix France’s ‘self-serving’ politics

France is sick because politicians throw taxpayers money at problems instead of addressing them properly, presidential hopeful Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday as he set out a first batch of ideas to reform the country’s political system. The former economy minister who quit President Francois Hollande’s government this summerslammed the whole political class for failing […]

Macron’s plotting for French presidency ‘a media fad and non-story’

Macron’s plotting for French presidency ‘a media fad and non-story’

Emmanuel Macron’s presidential ambitions are among the worst-kept secrets in French politics. But experts warn the former “maverick” economy minister, who quit the government this week, will struggle under his own banner. “It was time I set sail on a lighter vessel,” the 38-year-old told reporters as he left the economy ministry on Wednesday, indulging […]

Hollande warns rebel Economy Minister Macron to ‘respect rules’ or leave govt

Hollande warns rebel Economy Minister Macron to ‘respect rules’ or leave govt

French President François Hollande threatened Thursday to sack Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron, who has hinted at a bid for the presidency, unless he respects the “solidarity” of the government. “In a government, there cannot be any personal initiatives and even less presidential ones,” Hollande said in a TV interview to mark the Bastille Day national […]