Will a Scandal and the Yellow Vest Crackdown Trip Up France’s Macron?

French President Emmanuel Macron listens to a question during a meeting with mayors and local association members as part of the “national debate,” in Evry-Courcouronnes, south of Paris, Feb. 4, 2019 (AP photo by Thibault Camus).
French President Emmanuel Macron listens to a question during a meeting with mayors and local association members as part of the “national debate,” in Evry-Courcouronnes, south of Paris, Feb. 4, 2019 (AP photo by Thibault Camus).

Just when it looked like France’s Emmanuel Macron had weathered the storm that’s been battering his presidency for the past three months, new allegations from an old scandal have surfaced, raising questions about Macron’s level of exposure. They add to the trouble Macron still faces from the Yellow Vest movement, which though reduced in numbers, has been distilled to a resilient and hardened base of support. While the movement no longer poses a direct threat to his political survival, it is now Macron’s reaction to the protests that could undermine his legitimacy. By early December, the spontaneous emergence, rapid growth […]

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