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Unveiling Manifesto, Macron Casts Himself as Wartime Leader

Emmanuel Macron during a news conference to present his political program, on March 17. 

Emmanuel Macron during a news conference to present his political program, on March 17. 

Photographer: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images 

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Emmanuel Macron cast himself as a wartime leader as he laid out his manifesto just three weeks before the presidential election, suggesting he was the safest choice for voters in troubled times.

“Facing the unforeseeable, you already have a certain idea of how I behave,” Macron said during a four-hour long press conference in Aubervilliers, near Paris, on Thursday.