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Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry

Macron Won't Be Shy About Using French Power

France's new president has signaled he will act with or without partners.
Foreign policy president.

Foreign policy president.

Photographer: Christophe Petit Tesson/AFP/Getty Images

French President Emmanuel Macron's astonishingly fast rise to the top means it's still hard to know how he will govern on many issues. With a background in finance and economics, many assume his focus will be on domestic policy; after all, the new French president has essentially no record on national security issues.

Early indications are, however, the opposite -- that Macron will be more than engaged on the foreign policy front. Despite all the talk of multilateralism during his campaign, Macron looks to be a hawk, willing to use France's military power and political clout on the world stage.