France’s Macron Has Come Back Down to Earth

French President Emmanuel Macron at the beginning of the plenary session of the informal EU summit in Salzburg, Austria, Sept. 20, 2018 (AP photo by Matthias Schrader).
French President Emmanuel Macron at the beginning of the plenary session of the informal EU summit in Salzburg, Austria, Sept. 20, 2018 (AP photo by Matthias Schrader).
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PARIS—French President Emmanuel Macron is probably glad to be in New York this week. His meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump—always a risky affair given Trump’s unpredictable bent—surprisingly went off without a hitch. And his address to the United Nations General Assembly offered him another high-profile opportunity to burnish his global image as the defender of the multilateral order. But the real appeal of the trip for Macron is that it took him out of France, where a series of self-inflicted wounds have dented his approval ratings. After winning the presidential election in April 2017 with a lopsided 66 percent […]

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