72 Facts About Emmanuel Macron

1. In June 2018, Emmanuel Macron identified himself as an agnostic prior to meeting Pope Francis, despite being baptised as a Roman Catholic when he was a schoolboy.

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2. Emmanuel Macron made a short statement in Chinese after extensive help from his interpreters in pronunciation.

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3. Emmanuel Macron is a pianist, having studied piano for ten years in his youth, and especially enjoys the work of Schumann and Liszt.

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4. In 2007, Emmanuel Macron voted for Segolene Royal in the second round of the presidential election.

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5. Emmanuel Macron is married to Brigitte Trogneux, 24 years his senior, who was a teacher in his high school, La Providence High School in Amiens.

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6. Emmanuel Macron made a subtle reference to Chirac's 1995 apology when he added, "I say it again here.

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7. In 2018, Emmanuel Macron announced that France would commit 700 million euros to the International Solar Alliance, a treaty-based alliance to expand solar power infrastructure.

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8. Emmanuel Macron criticised Donald Trump for pulling the United States out of the Paris climate accord on 2 June 2017, and called for scientists to come to France in order to work together on climate change.

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9. Emmanuel Macron expressed this opinion in the aftermath of the Volkswagen emissions scandal.

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10. Emmanuel Macron has endorsed proposals to make it mandatory for Internet companies to allow the government to access encrypted communications from customers.

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11. Emmanuel Macron has expressed confidence in France's ability to absorb more immigrants and welcomes their arrival into Europe, asserting that the influx will have a positive economic impact.

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12. Emmanuel Macron said that the European Commission needs to do more to stop the influx of low-paid temporary workers from Central and Eastern Europe into France.

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13. Emmanuel Macron said in April 2017 that "in the three months after I'm elected, there will be a decision on Poland.

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14. Emmanuel Macron argued for institutional changes, initiatives to promote EU, along with new ventures in the technology, defence and energy sectors.

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15. On 1 May 2017, Emmanuel Macron said the EU needs to reform or face Frexit.

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16. Emmanuel Macron described as "extremely fruitful and positive" his first contacts with China's President Xi Jinping.

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17. Emmanuel Macron has voiced support for the Saudi Arabian-led military campaign against Yemen's Shiite rebels.

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18. Emmanuel Macron described the situation as "genocide" and "ethnic purification", and alluded to the prospect of UN-led intervention.

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19. Emmanuel Macron supports the continuation of President Hollande's policies on Israel, opposes the BDS movement, and has refused to state a position on recognition of the State of Palestine.

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20. Emmanuel Macron described the 2011 military intervention in Libya as a "historic error".

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21. Emmanuel Macron described France's colonization of Algeria as a "crime against humanity".

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22. In March 2018, Emmanuel Macron announced that the government would spend 1.5 billion euros on Artificial Intelligence (AI) in order to boost innovation.

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23. Emmanuel Macron supports the idea of giving the Eurozone its own common budget.

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24. Emmanuel Macron has supported the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union and criticized the Walloon government for trying to block it.

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25. Emmanuel Macron has supported cutting the amount of civil servants by 120,000.

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26. Emmanuel Macron became the most vocal proponent of the economic overhaul of the country.

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27. Emmanuel Macron has advocated in favour of the free market and reducing the public-finances deficit.

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28. Emmanuel Macron has rejected the term "centrist" though political scientist Luc Rouban has compared his platform to former centrist president Valery Giscard d'Estaing, who is the only other French president to have been elected on a centrist platform.

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29. Emmanuel Macron has since been labeled a libertarian with a socially liberal viewpoint.

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30. Emmanuel Macron has refused observations by critics that he is an "ultra-liberal" economically.

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31. Emmanuel Macron affirmed his support for the Iranian nuclear deal and criticized Venezuela's government as a "dictatorship".

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32. Emmanuel Macron urged a tough international stance to pressure North Korea into negotiations, on the same day it fired a missile over Japan.

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33. On 29 May 2017, Emmanuel Macron met with Vladimir Putin at the Palace of Versailles.

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34. Emmanuel Macron attended the 2017 Brussels summit on 25 May 2017, his first NATO summit as president of France.

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35. Emmanuel Macron has pledged to act against companies employing cheaper labour from eastern Europe and in return affecting jobs of French workers, what he has termed as "social dumping".

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36. Emmanuel Macron is the first President of France born after the establishment of the Fifth Republic in 1958.

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37. Emmanuel Macron qualified for the runoff after the first round of the election on 23 April 2017.

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38. Emmanuel Macron said: "We are accusing RT and Sputnik News (of being) the first source of false information shared about our candidate.

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39. Emmanuel Macron qualified for the run-off against National Front candidate Marine Le Pen on 23 April 2017, after coming first place in the vote count.

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40. Emmanuel Macron progressed to the second round with Marine Le Pen.

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41. Emmanuel Macron is friends with the owners of Le Monde and Claude Perdiel the former owner of Nouvel Observateur.

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42. Emmanuel Macron came under criticism from several individuals, including Benoit Hamon who requested Macron reveal a list of his donors accusing him of conflicts of interest due to Macron's past at Rothchilds.

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43. Emmanuel Macron had wished that Hollande would join the race several months beforehand, saying that Hollande was the legitimate candidate for the Socialist Party.

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44. On 16 November 2016, Emmanuel Macron formally declared his candidacy for the French presidency after months of speculation.

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45. On 30 August 2016, Emmanuel Macron resigned from the government ahead of the 2017 presidential election, to devote himself to his En marche movement.

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46. Emmanuel Macron was invited to attend a festival in Orleans by mayor Olivier Carre in May 2016, the festival is organised every year to celebrate Orleans' liberation by Joan of Arc.

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47. Emmanuel Macron was given the chance to insert his opinion into the El Khomri law and put specific parts of "Macron 2" into the law though El Khomri could overturn these with help of other ministers.

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48. Emmanuel Macron took various foreign trips, including one to Israel where he spoke on the advancement of digital technology.

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49. Emmanuel Macron threatened to leave Manuel Valls' second government over the proposed reform on removing dual-nationality from terrorists, as he found it to be constitutionally wrong.

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50. Emmanuel Macron presented the Emmanuel Macron Law to a council of ministers.

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51. Emmanuel Macron was widely criticised for being unable to prevent the closing down of an Ecopla factory in Isere.

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52. Emmanuel Macron was branded by the media as the "Anti-Montebourg" due to being pro-EU and much more moderate, while Montebourg was eurosceptic and left wing.

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53. Emmanuel Macron was the youngest Minister of the Economy since Valery Giscard d'Estaing in 1962.

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54. Emmanuel Macron was appointed as the Minister of Economy and Finance in the second Valls Cabinet on 26 August 2014, replacing Arnaud Montebourg.

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55. Emmanuel Macron was offered a chance to be a candidate in the municipal elections in 2014 in his hometown of Amiens.

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56. On 10 June 2014, it was announced that Emmanuel Macron had resigned from his role and was replaced by Laurence Boone.

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57. Emmanuel Macron was one of the deciding voices on not regulating the salaries of CEO's.

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58. On 15 May 2012, Emmanuel Macron became the Deputy Secretary General of the Elysee, a senior role in President Francois Hollande's staff.

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59. Emmanuel Macron was offered the chance to be the Deputy Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Francois Fillon in 2010 though he declined.

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60. Emmanuel Macron met Francois Hollande through Jean-Pierre Jouyet in 2006 and joined his staff in 2010.

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61. In 2010, Emmanuel Macron was promoted to partner with the bank after working on the recapitalization of Le Monde and the acquisition by Atos of Siemens IT Solutions and Services.

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62. Emmanuel Macron formed a relationship with Alain Minc, a businessman on the supervisory board of Le Monde.

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63. In 2008, Emmanuel Macron paid €50,000 to buy himself out of his government contract.

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64. Emmanuel Macron obtained a master's degree in public affairs at the Sciences Po, majoring in "Public Guidance and Economy" before training for a senior civil service career at the selective Ecole nationale d'administration, training at an embassy in Nigeria and in an office in Oise before graduating in 2004.

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65. Emmanuel Macron became a member of the editorial board of the literary magazine Esprit.

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66. Emmanuel Macron was educated mostly at the Jesuit Lycee la Providence in Amiens before his parents sent him to finish his last year of school at the elite Lycee Henri-IV in Paris, where he completed the high school curriculum and the undergraduate program with a "Bac S, Mention Tres bien".

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67. Emmanuel Macron had two siblings, Laurent, born in 1979 and Estelle, born in 1982.

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68. At age 39, Emmanuel Macron became the youngest President of France in history and appointed Edouard Philippe to be Prime Minister.

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69. Emmanuel Macron resigned in August 2016 to launch a bid in the 2017 presidential election.

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70. Emmanuel Macron was appointed Minister of Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs in August 2014 under the Second Valls government, where he pushed through business-friendly reforms.

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71. Emmanuel Macron was born in Amiens and studied philosophy at Paris Nanterre University, completed a Master's of Public Affairs at Sciences Po and graduated from the Ecole nationale d'administration in 2004.

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72. Emmanuel Macron previously was Minister of the Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs from 2014 to 2016.

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