Macron’s backers

Marie Benilde in Le Monde Diplomatique, ‘ . . . Like his photo, Macron’s candidacy has been fashioned by experts. He is a product of the elite, with ambition, talent and a strong CV. He’s also the darling of the media, for good reason: his neoliberal, Europhile, Atlanticist, modernist message, delivered in a shout, sounds like a blend of editorials from Le Monde, Libération, L’Obs or L’Express.  Macron, a graduate of France’s prestigious ENA (National School of Administration), met Jacques Attali (former adviser to President Mitterrand and now board chairman of news site Slate) through millionaire Henry Hermand (funder of thinktanks La République des Idées and Terra Nova, and a major shareholder in Eric Fottorino’s magazine Le 1). Attali says: ‘Emmanuel Macron? I discovered him; I invented him’.

In 2007 Attali appointed Macron to the commission he headed, tasked with proposals to promote French economic growth. The commission included 17 business bosses, and Macron filled his address book. Pascal Houzelot (founder of the gay channel Pink TV, who later acquired the Numéro 23 channel and joined the board of Le Monde) invited him to dinner. Houzelot was an influential member of the Paris media set and in 2010 introduced Macron, then a banker at Rothschild, to the new owners of the Le Monde group . . . ‘ click here.