Emmanuel Macron wins, but who is he?

Emmanuel Macron wins, but who is he?

World May 7, 2017 19:27

- France has elected Emmanuel Macron as their new president. What do we know about the 39-year-old politician?

Party: And Marche! (Forward)

Age: 39 years

Career: Macron was Minister of Economic Affairs under President Fran├žois Hollande from 2014 to 2016. He presented himself in that cabinet as an independent candidate for the political center. Macron wants drastic economic reforms for France.

Plans: He enjoys the streamlining of public and private pension systems, and for unemployment benefit systems, now different for self-employed and wage-earners. And Marche! Aims at reducing unemployment to 7 percent of the labor force at 10 percent now, investment of 50 billion euros, and public sector savings of 60 billion a year. Macron wants more teachers at schools and smaller classes.

Private: Macron has been married since 2007 with the now 64-year-old Brigitte Macron-Trogneux teacher. They learned to know each other at the Jezuit School in Amiens where Brigitte taught Emmanuel.

Read also: Macron's mature love

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