- Emmanuel (Jupiter) Macron Has Been Exposed as a False Liberal Idol
by Adrian Pabst, https://www.newstatesman.com// , 2 Sept 2021
Far from defeating populism, the French president’s illiberal liberalism fuels the flames of the far right.
During the 2017 French presidential campaign, Emmanuel Macron compared himself to Jupiter, king of the Roman gods, proclaiming that “France needs a ‘Jupiterian’ head of state”. Conceit morphed into hubris when, after his election, he seemingly claimed the mantle of Napoleon and celebrated his victory outside the Louvre, the museum that was once the home of French kings. Macron’s aim to make France great again and restore French pre-eminence in Europe was always driven by delusions of grandeur.
Yet as the New Statesman’s international editor Jeremy Cliffe argued last week, French instincts about a more interventionist state in the economy and about greater strategic autonomy in world affairs are gaining currency after the Covid-19 pandemic and the mess left by the US’s hasty escape from Afghanistan.