France’s new president, Emmanuel Macron, is everything a politician in 2017 is not supposed to be. The man who last night defeated the far-right candidate Marine Le Pen, winning almost two-thirds of the vote, is a former banker who is a product of France’s elite education system. He is pro-European, pro-refugee and – in an age where much of the political focus is on those “left behind” – he refuses to offer easy solutions such as keeping open failing factories. “I am all for denouncing the current political system,” he told Monocle earlier this year, “but I try to do so with rational arguments and by discussing facts.” At a time when the populist right has found success by offering easy answers, it’s uplifting to see a liberal politician succeed without following suit.
Read Emmanuel Macron’s full interview with Monocle here.