Tale of two cities: it’s sunny in France, but cloudy in UK:

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It’s a tale of two contrasting cities. In London on Friday, Theresa May was, without real mandate, re-elected as Prime Minister. In Paris just over a month ago Emmanuel Macron was, on the back of a huge majority, inaugurated as the youngest ever President of France.

This handsome and enigmatic 39-year-old is very much a political maverick and an unconventional outsider despite hailing from deep inside the French establishment.

He has worked for both the French treasury and an elite Parisian investment bank, but he also married his drama teacher – so goes the tale, he first kissed her when he was 15 and she, still his teacher, was 40 – before rapidly scaling any ladder, be it academic, civil, corporate or political, that he chose to climb.

In April 2016 he formed his own party, the centrist, pro-European En Marche! and used it to deliver a business-friendly vision of…

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