Tony Kinsella

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Tony Kinsella24th May 20178min

France’s Fifth Republic, it must be remembered, is a semi-presidential elective monarchy designed around the personality and preferences of General Charles de Gaulle to address the dramatic challenges France faced in 1958. De Gaulle saw the presidential election as an “encounter between a candidate and the people”. Macron has breathed fresh life into that very concept and has been extraordinarily lucky.