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Ferdinando Giugliano

Macron's Moment Is Europe's Too

If anyone can restore faith in the vision of a federalist Europe, it's France's new president.
Symbol of the Erasmus generation.

Symbol of the Erasmus generation.

Photographer: Aurelien Morissard/IP3/Getty Images

A year and a half ago, together with another dozen or so reporters, I attended a lunch at the residence of the French ambassador in London. The guest speaker was Emmanuel Macron, then France’s economy minister, who had crossed the Channel to promote his country as an investment destination for banks and high-tech companies.

What struck me most about the man who last Sunday became France's youngest-ever president wasn't so much his unbounded ambition or wonkish attention to detail. It was his unashamed Europhilia, which a year later would become one of the defining traits of his presidential bid.