Macron quits, vows to transform France
FRANCE’S Emmanuel Macron vowed after stepping down as economy minister to “transform” an ailing country but stopped short of declaring a presidential run.
The 38-year-old said on August 30 he had “seen at first hand the limits of our political system” and that quitting the government of President Francois Hollande would enable him “to be free” to push forward his own agenda.
With elections eight months away, the former investment banker said, “I am determined to do everything so that our values, our ideas, our actions can transform France as soon as next year.”
While Mr Macron’s resignation clears the way for a presidential bid, it is unclear how wide the appeal really is of such a young man. An opinion survey last month gave him a 41 percent approval rating.
Mr Macron charged that France’s political system is broken, and that his movement called En Marche (On the Move) would put forward a “diagnosis” of the country’s woes next month.
Mr Macron would be a fresh face in a presidential field that includes former president Nicolas Sarkozy, 61, and 71-year-old ex-prime minister Alain Juppe – both right-wing candidates. –