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When Emmanuel Macron was gearing up for his presidential campaign in 2016, he set out on an unprecedented "great march" – a door-to-door campaign to hear voters' grievances in what promised to be a new, more open way of running the country. A year after his election, things have not turned out that way, and a small but growing number of rank-and-file supporters has voiced frustration at a leadership style that is, by Macron's own admission, not always inclusive.Surrounded by a small coterie of close aides, Macron is pushing through a series of contentious reforms with less consultation than is usual even for France, whose 1958 constitution gives the president wide-ranging powers.When Macron was economy minister, he had 25 advisers.Ministers also allow their media interviews to be proof-read by the Elysee – and sometimes even by Macron himself.The prime minister, a former conservative mayor, has had to share advisers – often Macron loyalists – with the president.LURCH TO THE RIGHT?Shortly after his election, Macron was given a huge parliamentary majority thanks to an electoral system specifically designed by postwar leader Charles de Gaulle to maximize presidential independence from Parliament.
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