Here is a look at the life of French President Emmanuel Macron.
Date of Birth: December 21, 1977
place of birth: Amiens, France
Birth name: Emmanuel Jean-Michel Frederic Macron
dad: Jean-Michel Macron, Professor of Neurology
the mother: Françoise Nogues-Macron, MD
marriage: Brigitte (Trogneux) Macron (2007-present)
education: University of Paris Nanterre. Paris Institute for Political Studies (“Sciences Po”); National School of Administration 2004
religion: He was baptized a Roman Catholic when he was 12, but his spokesperson describes him as “spiritually atheist.”
At the age of 39, Macron became the youngest president in French history.
Before being elected President of France, he had never held elected office.
Macron, a centrist, said his aim was not to bring people to the right or left, but to unite the French people.
During his time as Minister of the Economy, he led the so-called “Macron Act”, which was intended to shake up the economy through labor reform. This measure had to be forced through the National Assembly with the help of a controversial parliamentary procedure and led to several days of protest.
He worked on François Hollande’s 2012 presidential campaign.
Macron’s wife, Brigitte, was a high school drama teacher. By the time Macron was 17, he claimed he would eventually marry her, even though she was married with three children at the time.
2004-2008 – Financial inspector at the Ministry of Economy.
2008-2012 – Investment banker at Rothschild & Cie Banque in Paris.
2012-June 2014 – Serves as Deputy Secretary General to President Hollande.
August 26, 2014 – He replaces Arnaud Montebourg as Minister of Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs.
2015 – He is the principal architect of the Economic Reform Bill for Growth, Activity, and Equal Opportunity. The law is known as the “Macron Law”.
April 6, 2016 – Announcing the launch of the political movement En Marche! (“Moving!”).
August 30, 2016 – He resigns from the post of Minister of Economy. With Macron announcing his resignation, he suggests he needs time to prepare for a presidential candidacy, saying, “I am determined to do everything so that our values, ideas and actions can change France starting next year.”
November 16, 2016 – He officially announces that he is running for the presidency of France.
November 2016 – Macron’s book “Revolution” has been published. He sets his vision for France.
March 1, 2017 – While at an agricultural fair in Paris, Macron was struck by an egg that broke his head.
April 23, 2017 – In the first round of the presidential election, Macron received more than 23% of the vote, while far-right candidate Marine Le Pen had just under 22%.
May 5, 2017 – Less than 48 hours before the second and final round of the presidential election, Macron fell victim to a “massive and coordinated hacking operation,” according to his campaign team. About 14.5 gigabytes of emails and personal and business documents are posted on the text-sharing site, Pastebin, through links to more than 70,000 files. Officials from Macron in En Marche! The party says the perpetrators of the hack mixed fake documents with genuine ones to “create confusion and misinformation”.
May 7, 2017 – Macron defeats Le Pen with more than 66% of the vote, becoming the next president of France.
May 14, 2017 – Takes the oath as chair.
May 29, 2017 – During a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Macron called for an end to an alleged anti-gay campaign in Chechnya.
June 11, 2017 – Macron’s party won the majority of votes during the first round of parliamentary elections, albeit with low voter turnout. Less than 50% of people cast their ballots.
June 18, 2017 – France is holding its second round of parliamentary elections, and with 97% of the vote registered, Macron’s party is on track to win a decisive majority of 300 seats.
June 23, 2017 – Macron and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appear together in a video discussing climate change. in the section, Schwarzenegger sent it on Twitter, Macron says he and Schwarzenegger will “make the planet great again,” echoing US President Donald Trump’s campaign slogan.
July 3, 2017 – A spokeswoman for the Paris prosecutor’s office said the police had thwarted an assassination plot against Macron. Authorities say a 23-year-old man was planning to attack Macron during the Bastille Day parade in Paris. The suspect, who is from the far right, told investigators he wanted to make a political statement. Separately, Macron is giving a speech to lawmakers pledging to lift the country’s state of emergency imposed by terrorism later in the year.
April 25, 2018 – Addressing a joint meeting of Congress. During his speech, Macron presses the United States to get more involved in global affairs and to join the Paris Climate Agreement.
December 10, 2018 – Macron responds to weeks of violent protests in a televised address, saying the demonstrations are “unacceptable” and “will not be indulged in in any way”. He also proposes several social reforms, such as an increase in the minimum wage.
December 3, 2019 – During a NATO summit press conference in London, Macron sticks to his statements warning that Europe is facing “NATO brain death” caused by US indifference to the transatlantic alliance. Trump called the comments “nasty” and “insulting”. Macron’s frank remarks came after the Trump administration withdrew US forces from northern Syria in November, a move that displeased European NATO members.
October 2, 2020 – Speaking in Le Moreau, a northwestern suburb of Paris, Macron said that “Islam is a religion that is currently in crisis all over the world” and detailed a plan in hopes of fighting “Islamic separatism”.
October 21, 2020 – At a national memorial service for teacher Samuel Paty who was beheaded in a terrorist attack in a northern suburb of Paris after showing his students the controversial Charlie Hebdo cartoons during a lesson, Macron praised the teacher for having a “passion for knowledge”. The president adds that France will continue “loving debates and sensible arguments, and we will love science and its controversies.” “We will not abandon cartoons and drawings even if others back down.”
December 17, 2020 – Macron tested positive for the coronavirus after showing symptoms, and will self-isolate for a week, according to a statement from his office.
June 8, 2021 – While speaking to the crowd during a visit to southeastern France, Macron was slapped across the face by a man in a crowd, posting a video of the incident on social media. The man was later sentenced to four months in prison.
September 22, 2021 – US President Joe Biden and Macron speak for the first time after a major diplomatic crisis erupted between the two longtime allies over a deal to supply nuclear-powered submarines to Australia. In their phone call, Biden and Macron agreed to meet in person at the end of next month in Europe.
April 24, 2022 – The far-right candidate defeats Le Pen with 58.5% of the vote, becoming the first French president to be re-elected in 20 years.
December 1, 2022 – Biden hosts Macron and his wife at the White House. It is the first state visit by a Biden presidency.
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