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Meet new French President Emmanuel Macron

Reading Time: 3 minutesThe verdict is finally out. Emmanuel Macron, who has been rooting for European integration, was elected the new President of France on Sunday (May 7).

He defeated National Front candidate Marine Le Pen, who campaigned that France should remain out of the European Union (EU).

Succeeding François Hollande, Emmanuel Macron, 39, will be taking charge of the French President’s office on May 14.

Here are 10 things you should know about the new French President, Emmanuel Macron:

1. Born Dec 21, 1977, Emmanuel Macron was the youngest candidate to contest the 2017 Presidential election in France.

2. Though his family is non-religious, Emmanuel Macron was baptized a Roman Catholic at the age of 12 at his own request.

3. President-elect Emmanuel Macron studied philosophy at Paris Nanterre University and later completed his master’s of public affairs at Sciences Po. In 2004, he graduated from the prestigious École nationale d’administration (ENA).

4. Emmanuel Macron joined the Inspectorate General of Finances (IGF) as Inspector of Finances between 2004 and 2008. But he left his job to become an investment banker with Rothschild & Cie Banque.

5. Though he was a member of the Socialist Party (PS) from 2006 to 2009, currently Emmanuel Macron does not belong to any political party of France. He contested the French presidential election as a centrist.

6. He served as the deputy secretary-general of the Élysée Palace, the official residence of the President of France, under François Hollande from 2012-2014.

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7. On Aug 26, 2014, Emmanuel Macron became the Minister of Economy and Finance in the second Valls Cabinet, the French government under President François Hollande from 2014-2016.

8. A self-acclaimed “liberal”, Emmanuel Macron bats for free market and reducing the public-finances deficit.

9. In 2007, Emmanuel Macron married his high school teacher Brigitte Trogneux, who is 24 years senior to him.

10. He is father to his three step-children – Sébastien (born 1975), Laurence (born 1977), and Tiphaine (born 1984).

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Sreya Basu

Sreya is based in Kolkata. She is a Senior Editor of Big Wire.

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