Author(s): Adam Plowright
39-year old Emmanuel Macron is the youngest-ever inhabitant of the Elysee Palace. A surprise candidate from the start, Macron was considered a rank outsider until a series of fortuitous events - including his survival of a massive last-minute data hack - cleared his path to victory and condemned Marine Le Pen to a resounding defeat in May 2017, in France's most emotional election since 1948.Paris-based British journalist Adam Plowright presents the inside story of Macron's sudden rise to power, delving into his personal and political background, his vision for the future, and how he is perceived inside France and throughout the rest of the world - especially from within Westminster. Can his movement herald a new centrist vision for Europe, or will his Presidency merely be the forerunner to a Le Pen victory in 2022?Thrilling, informative, and highly readable, The French Exception is essential reading for anyone interested in the immediate future of Europe.
Adam Plowright is a former deputy editor-in-chief at Agence France Presse. Based in Paris, he has been a journalist for fifteen years.