Quel un garçon folle!
Summoning 1,000 politicians from both houses of the French parliament to a rare Congress at the palace of Louis XIV in Versailles, French president Emmanuel Macron declared he will govern France like Jupiter, the Roman king of the gods.
Before an assembly usually reserved for a national crisis, the 39-year-old novice used the occasion to warn legislators not to try and block the “reforms” he intends to implement.
Macron said he intends to reign like a remote, dignified figure, like the Roman god of gods, who weighs his rare pronouncements carefully.
When he eschewed a press conference, a spokesman informed the media that his thought process was “too complex” for journalists to understand.
Macron strives to be a tough guy after being ridiculed as an ineffectual stooge when he served as economy minister in president François Hollande’s cabinet. He has also been called a lap dog of German chancellor Merkel.
As his election rival Marine Le Pen said during a debate, “You are the heir of François Hollande. We now call you Baby Hollande!”
Whatever the outcome of the election, she added, “France will be led by a woman: either me or Mrs. Merkel.”
Macron’s natural submissiveness speaks to his marriage to his 64-year-old former school teacher, whom Italy’s former playboy-president Silvio Berlusconi described as the young lad’s good-looking mother.
Macron’s imperious arrogance was shaken when he met President Trump in Europe and visibly grimaced when the 70-year-old Trump gripped him for several seconds in one of his bone-crushing power handshakes. Touché!