Who is Emmanuel Macron?

Qui est Macron
Oson Causer’s down to earth, anti-system video has over 6 million views and counting. 

Here is a translated excerpt of a Mediapart video doing the rounds on social media, that sheds light on Emmanuel Macron’s background. 

Who is Macron? What sort of man is he?

A lot of people have heard of his passage through the Rothschild Bank, or his time at l’ENA. We wanted to look in detail at the route Macron has taken to see how this young, perhaps brilliant man, finds himself in such an advanced position, at such an early age. What fields has he passed through, and who has he met, that have made his route so speedy, and made him favourite for the election, at only 39 years of age, and without any political party?

Well, Macron’s route began at l’ENA (école nationale d’administration). L’ENA is France’s most elite college, producing countless of its top leaders. At l’ENA, Macron met with success and soon entered l’inspection des finances. L’inspection des finances, is perhaps the most prestigious class at l’ENA, with many of France’s top CEOs, bankers, politicians having passed through it. Graduates from this class, enter an elite group qualified as auditors of France’s public finances.  To be counted amongst this illustrious grouping, opens up the most formidable career paths. It is the pinnacle of France’s meritocratic system. While there, Macron won the favour of the class’s head, Jean-Pierre Jouyet, who mentored Macron.

Jean-Pierre Jouyet is someone who has been closely involved with government since the 90s. He was drafted into the French cabinet to manage the implementation of the Maastricht Treaty, and later, to guide France’s entry into the Euro. Following this, he became Minister of European Affairs under Sarkozy, to negotiate budget deficit issues during the crash. Finally, he finished by working as secretary general of the Elysée during Hollande’s presidency. So Macron was mentored by a man who is incredibly well placed within the corridors of power.

Jean-Pierre Jouyet and Hollande
Jean-Pierre Jouyet (left), with incumbent president, Francois Hollande. 

So this well-connected man, had this young inspecteur des finances placed on the Attali Commission, even though Macron wasn’t particularly qualified for the role, compared to others. The Attali Commission was formed by Sarkozy in 2008. It was made up of the CEOs of France’s major public companies on the stock exchange, and served as an advisory body to the government, that formulated recommendations regarding economic policy.

Macron’s place on the Commission, gave him access to a lot of influential figures, such as Serge Weinberg, who brought him into the Rothschild bank, as well as the CEO of Nestlé. The connections made here explain Macron’s major project during his time as a banker. This was a merger deal made between the Rothschild’s and Nestlé, thanks to which Macron became a millionaire.

So we see that Macron’s passage from Jouyet to Attali allowed him to establish a strong network within the French financial world, and cemented his alignment to the economic orthodoxy of this technocratic class.

Attali and Macron
Jacques Attali (left), with the young Macron, during  the Attali Commission. 

The recommendations the Attali Commission produced were no different to those of the European Commission. They recommended shrinking the public sector, while increasing age of retirement, abolishing labour laws, and lowering public spending, and social benefits. What’s more, the Attali Commission didn’t merely want such recommendations implemented for a year or two. No. They recommended that, ‘they should be carried out with tenacity, for several terms, regardless of what the majority is’. So basically, the people’s vote doesn’t matter they say. The experts don’t care. They want it to be the same political policies all the time, for ever.

This was during Sarkozy’s term. After Macron’s trailblazing route through the Rothschild’s bank, Hollande came to power. And at that moment, it occurred to Hollande’s great friends Jean-Pierre Jouyet, and Jacques Attali, that the excellent Macron would be an ideal man to assist Hollande. So Hollande named him secretary general to the Elysée.

So what did this post involved? It involved Macron implementing and determining a huge amount of economic policies, from the start of Hollande’s budget. Macron was behind the CICE. These were tax credits amounting to tens of billions of euros on businesses, designed to boost competitiveness and innovation. They formed part of Hollande’s grand ‘Responsibility Pact’, the backbone of his economic policy. The pact amounts to massive exemptions on social security contributions from businesses, underwritten by 50 billion euros over three years. In return, business leaders were expected to widely stimulate employment. The scheme’s success is far from assured. The Left see the Pact as an unprecedentedly large austerity plan, based on foolhardy optimism. As well as this, Macron was an important economic advisor to Hollande, accompanying the President in all European negotiations. So Hollande placed substantial value in Macron, and regarded him as a key member of his team. So when in 2014, the Minister for Finance resigned, Hollande had him replaced with Emmanuel Macron, at just the age of thirty-six.

When we see in detail the route that has led Macron to where he is today, it is easier to understand how he is managed to climb so high, so quickly, outside all the political parties. Macron’s rise shines light on the backstage influences of the administrative elite. This is the power the public is not shown. We, the public, are just shown the political tit-for-tat in the primaries, the elected assemblies, the issues the socialists and republicans spend their days debating.

But there is a power that remains out of sight. This is the power of advisors and experts of non-elected technocrats. These peoples occupy a space that colludes closely with political leaders, whether left or right, and whatever the democratic circumstances. The economic policies they promote do not change.

Macron is very familiar with this backstage, hidden circle, that we are not shown. Indeed this is where he has spawned from. He entered directly into this network of power – from l’Inspection des finances, to the secretary of the Elysée, and passed through various commissions where the economic orthodoxy is formulated – all via his two mentors Jouyet and Attali.

Macron’s rise is upending the traditional political landscape, and it is this, that makes him so appealing to people. As he hasn’t been exposed to the public spotlight for long; Macron can construct an image for himself that is fresh, and totally new. However, there is no one who is more of an ‘insider’ or more familiar with the enormous influence wielded by unelected technocrats, than Emmanuel Macron. He is basically the ideal candidate to misguide the electorate into thinking that what he offers is something new. For us, there remains only one option against this deceit, which is to share this video! Ciao Friends !


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