Emmanuel Macron has just pulled off a great political upset, winning the presidency of France in a landslide little more than a year after creating his own political party. Call him a political entrepreneur, a thirtysomething outsider, a disruptor on a par with Donald Trump. But he’s also the ultimate establishment figure, a Europeanist who opened his victory party with the European Union’s anthem, a former Rothschild banker who wants to save the system, not blow it up.
What everyone agrees on is that this has been one of the most consequential French elections in decades. Beyond that, we’re struggling to figure out what it all means. Are Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin and Theresa May really the losers? Should those bureaucrats in Brussels really be drinking Champagne in celebration of the results? Is Macron an untested newcomer—or a brilliant political strategist who can help save Europe?
We convened a special French election edition of The Global Politico for some reality-checking with POLITICO’s Nicholas Vinocur in Paris and Ryan Heath in Brussels, who took us backstage on what it was like to cover this unprecedented campaign — complete with Trumpian accusations of “fake news” and other American imports — and what will come next.
Susan B. Glasser is POLITICO’s chief international affairs columnist. Her new podcast, The Global Politico, comes out Mondays. Subscribe here. Follow her on Twitter @sbg1.
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