Emmanuel Macron won a stunning election victory in France this week, besting by huge margins the far right candidate Marine Le Pen. But if you are like me, you probably did not know too much about Macron — who he is, where he came from, and how he emerged from the political wilderness to become one of the most intriguing personalities in politics today?
On the line with me to discuss the election, give a biographical sketch of Macron and offer insights into the implications of his entrance to the political scene is Christopher Mesnooh a lawyer and media personality in France. I caught up with Christopher from his office in Paris just a few days after the election.
If you have 20 minutes and want a deeper understanding of the domestic and international consequences of this election, including on the debate over immigration, the European Union and France’s role in the world then have listen.
Mesnooh is the chair of the board Humanity in Action in France. I am a senior fellow with Humanity in Action and have been for the last 15 years. This is an organization with which the podcast is entering a content partnership to showcase from time to time the voices and expertise of people in the Humanity in Action network.
Humanity in Action is an international educational organization and global network of students, young professionals and established leaders committed to promoting human rights, diversity and active citizenship—in their own communities and around the world. Visit HumanityinAction.org to learn more and I will have more to say about this partnership in a forthcoming episode.