In a nation increasingly categorized by extremist ideology, one man is increasingly bucking that trend. Emmanuel Macron, a centrist who served under the Socialist Government of Francois Hollande, is drawing massive crowds and rising poll numbers in the upcoming French Presidential Election.
Emmanuel Macron is certainly one of the more interesting candidates that France has seen so far. He is a socially liberal, pro-EU, but very pro-business, who is running as an independent under his fledgling movement En Marche!
The Socialist Party is not going to do well in the Presidential elections regardless of who they offer, and Macron is a logical option for those who condemn right-wing lunatics like Marine Le Pen, whose father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, was prosecuted for being a Holocaust Denier, or the failed far-left policies of the French Socialist Party, or worse the French Communist Party.
Leftish would argue that these intelligent, centrist politicians are exactly what many countries like France and the United States need. I am not referring to red-state Democrats like Heidi Heitkamp or Jon Tester, I am advocating for politicians who do not feel the need to be categorized by an extremist ideology, who can come to a bipartisan solution. I would argue that the best example of this, at least in the United States, would be either John McCain or Joaquin Castro.
Personally I am not a centrist, however it is important for one to understand that extremist ideology from both sides of the aisle and partisan bickering helps nobody.
In this troubled and divided time, Emmanuel Macron is the leader that France needs, and what the people of France deserve. An intelligent, well-rounded individual who is open to compromise but stands strong on his beliefs, Macron may be the solution to France’s problems.