Macron quits, vows to trans­form France

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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. –

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