French Economic Minister Emmanuel Macron resigned yesterday amid speculation that he will run for president next year.
Editor’s Remarks: The race for next year’s French presidential elections took another turn when Emmanuel Macron resigned as Economic Minister. The move was expected some time ago with Macron creating a political party and holding a rally in Paris last month. However, he refused to declare his bid for the presidency then and continues to hold back from taking the plunge. Current President Francois Hollande now has to face a resurgent Nicolas Sarkozy, a powerful far-right movement and Macron, who declares neither for the left or right but encourages modern labour and economic reforms. The news comes as French and British ministers assured both nations that Britain will maintain checkpoints on French soil to reduce illegal entry into Britain. Sarkozy is already demanding this change. Unfortunately for Hollande, this seems like the only thing that may not change for French politics.
What to watch: French Labour Reforms, 2017 French Presidential Elections