Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Extraordinary Rise of the Political Outsider

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Extraordinary Rise of the Political Outsider

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THERE is natural relief among mainstream politicians across Europe at the success of the candidate in the French presidential election who is anything but mainstream. Emmanuel Macron came top in the firstround vote, a simply astonishing achievement for a young man who has never held elected office and who set up his own political movement from scratch. His success, and that of Marine Le Pen of the National Front, demonstrate the extent of popular disenchantment with the politics of Left and Right. Until now the presidency had passed between conservative Republicans and socialists, and yesterday, the share of the vote attracted by Francois Fillon, conservative, and Jean-Luc Melenchon for the Left, was almost the same, at 19.5 per cent. They lagged behind the two non-establishment candidates.

The markets have responded ebulliently to M Macron's success: his policies are pro-market, including a big cut in corporation tax and a flexible approach to the 35-hour week, although they also include a PS43 billion public investment plan. …

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