Analysis: Why it might be too late for ‘Jupiter’ Macron to return to earth over the yellow vest fuel protests

Before his election, Emmanuel Macron famously likened the role of French president to Jupiter, the lofty Roman god of Gods. 

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France, he theorised, expects a touch of majesty from its head of state and never really got over losing the monarchy, pining for the King like a lost limb.

It also likes to think it can chop his head off at will.

The paradox, he said, meant that the French were a nation of “regicidal monarchists”.

To keep both Gallic hemispheres happy “at the same time” – his pet phrase – Macron embarked on participative democracy via door-knocking campaigns, hundreds of local associations and an array of political unknowns from civil society, many of whom became MPs.

Eighteen months later,…

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