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Can Macron’s labour reforms make France a leader in Europe?

A reformed, nimble economy could allow France to capitalise on Brexit—and cement a position at the top table in Europe

By Denis MacShane  

Emmanuel Macron

Four months after Emmanuel Macron became President of France, the French—and the rest of Europe—still don’t know what they are getting. Would-be Macronologists are filling shelves in France book-stores with instant books on him. Régis Debray, who is now, at 80, the grand old man of French political intellectualism, has a new book arguing that Macron represents the triumph of “neo-protestant globalisation” over “catholic laicism”—whatever that means.


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