Politicians lose benefits as Macron gives wife job

Editorialistes (opinion writers) hold a major role in the French press. Here French journalist Paul de Villepin examines recent ‘hot topics’ which have featured in columns across the country

August is always a quiet month for news: parliament is closed, the government is on a two-week break and Emmanuel and Brigitte Macron were enjoying the charms of the balmy south in Marseille... yet the news cycle does not stop and the country is never completely asleep.

The rentrée and its fuss is approaching fast, fast enough to keep the editorialistes busy, and, after all, French people complain all the time. Even Napoleon said: “The French complain of everything, and always.”

Prior to the holidays, one of Mr Macron’s key pledges – a law to clean up political life – was passed in parliament after heated debate. It followed the scandal that mired presidential candidate François Fillon in ‘fictitious jobs’ allegations involving his Welsh ...

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