French President Emmanuel Macron and Chief of the Defence Staff French Army General Pierre de Villiers attend a visit to the Ile Longue Defence unit, submarine navy base, in Crozon near Brest, western France, July 4, 2017. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
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The photograph is meant to portray a young, modern leader who is also the heir of the general who led resistance to Nazi Germany in World War II and founded the Fifth Republic in 1958 .Cultivating this image from day one of his presidency, Macron rode up the Champs-Elysees Avenue in Paris on May 14 in a military jeep instead of the traditional limousine.Macron, 39, has reduced interaction with the media, scrapping the off-the-record chats which Hollande liked and canceling the television interview the president traditionally gives on Bastille Day, France's national day.Macron has also launched a review of the top 180 heads of administrative departments, who may be asked to go before the end of year.To be sure, although his team was drawn from across the political spectrum, Macron has avoided the public disagreements between ministers that marred Hollande's first years in office.Co-author Fabrice Lhomme says Macron may have gone too far in the other direction.A BVA poll published this week showed Macron's popularity rating was down 5 points on a month earlier to 54 percent.
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