On Macron’s right-leaning extreme centrism

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“ Macron is a kind of empty figure. But as an empty figure, he is a good representation of the vacuum that has emerged in French politics with the corruption of the two traditional polls. He is a very young candidate, thirty-nine (…) In the first televised presidential debate, he had some well-delivered lines, but they meant nothing. They were completely empty of any content – except when he’s talking about the neoliberal economic reforms that he wants to put forward. He has a very strong commitment to the European Union and to maintaining all the European Union’s constraints on government spending and policy ”

Sebastian Budgen & Suzi Weissman, ‘Overhauling French Politics’, Jacobin Magazine

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