Summer of misery won’t stop Macron’s "Maggie Moment"

Mr Macron is already reaping the kind of results that far more pugnacious politicians only ever fantasised about

Every conservative French president dreams of a Maggie Thatcher Moment – a time when they might finally achieve what Britain’s Iron Lady did in the 1980s.

This would mean smashing the power of the unions, and generally turning France into a tougher, more competitive country.

Previous right-wing heads of state, and most recently Nicolas Sarkozy, failed miserably. They had the sound bites (Sarko’s was ‘Work harder to earn more’) but never the guts to stand up to organised labour.

Pledged reforms were withdrawn at the first sign of industrial action, while street demonstrations up to and including rioting always terrified ...

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