French President Emmanuel Macron looks on as he attends the Court of Auditors (Cour des Comptes)'s solemn hearing to mark the beginning of the year in Paris on January 22, 2018. / AFP / POOL / ludovic MARIN
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President Emmanuel Macron's campaign for a "French Renaissance" kicks into overdrive Monday as he welcomes 140 multinational business leaders before this week's jamboree of the rich and powerful in Davos.While Macron has been given much of the credit for boosting France's standing on the international stage foreign investment had already begun to pick up before his May 2017 election.The speech will touch on three major challenges, according to Macron's office: growing inequality, the need for better environmental protection, and global governance in the face of nationalism and extremism.He is due to speak the same day as German Chancellor Angela Merkel and two days before Trump -- although officials have warned that the U.S. government shutdown could scupper the president's plans to attend.
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