A little bit of piety can take you a long way—especially if you promised voters a "new way" of politicsby Marie Le Conte / August 17, 2017 / Leave a comment
Emmanuel Macron is having fun. The 39-year-old has now been French president for just over 100 days, and he has enjoyed every second of it.
He was lowered from a helicopter into a submarine in July; looked like an extra from Top Gun when he met military personnel later that month; played tennis in a wheelchair to promote Paris’s bid to host the Olympics in 2024.
Even his more somber moments, like the expansive and dull speech he gave to his parliamentarians in Versailles, are tinged with a sense of mischievous self-awareness—“look at how serious I’m being,” the glint in his eye seems to be saying.
His comms operation often capitalises on this, and videos and pictures of him shamelessly flirting with Justin Trudeau or picking up the phone of the Élysée switchboard have swamped the government’s social media channels.
Emmanuel Macron is having fun, but he probably shouldn’t be: his approval ratings are now the lowest for any modern-era president’s first 100 days, sitting at an uncomfortable 36 per cent, and down from 62 per cent when he was first elected.