Europe 20 July 2017 The Macron Con: Why Emmanuel Macron isn't a liberal hero A series. Getty Sign UpGet the New Statesman's Morning Call email. Sign-up Each week, I'll examine an area of the new French president's politics that doesn't quite live up to the hype. #1: The French President's unhealthy obsession with symbolism #2: Emmanuel Macron's "feminism" #3: Emmanuel Macron's businesslike media strategy is worrying the French press #4: France's housing aid row is the latest indication of Emmanuel Macron's class problem #5: On immigration, Macron's words draw borders #6: Emmanuel Macron's power struggle with the military #7: Emmanuel “neither left nor right” Macron is sliding fast toward the right #8: Macron’s modernism has neither escaped nor addressed France’s colonial history in Africa › How to end the Gulf stand off? The West should tell Qatar to reform its foreign policy Pauline Bock is a New Statesman contributing writer based in Brussels. She writes about Brexit, the EU, France and the Macron presidency. Subscribe For more great writing from our award-winning journalists subscribe for just £1 per month!