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While Madame Barthelemy and I may need to dodge scattered clouds of tear gas launched by France's redoubtable gendarmerie, President Emmanuel Macron is fighting for his political life.Macron's visions for this future appear increasingly disconnected from anything France, even Europe, has known or at least for the moment even wants.Much of this political action seems designed to rerun last year's vote that swept Macron and his new political party into office with a landslide and what appeared to be an unchallengeable mandate.As someone who has observed how French presidents back to Charles de Gaulle dealt with the protests that erupted from even the narrowest change in direction, I feel Macron had little real understanding of the nation he was seeking to transform.But Macron arrived in the pilot house and immediately tried to make a sudden turn in direction. In the wake of rioting and pillaging along the Champs-Elysees, thousands of school students have gone out on strike across the country, at times battling police as they protest curriculum changes, part of Macron's education reforms.Macron's reversal of this tax led many to brand him "president of the rich".
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