Rise of the Unidentified High-Flying Candidate
Centrist outsider Macron is gathering support from both left and right in the French presidential election, writes Sonia Delesalle-Stolper
He has been described as the Unidentified Flying Candidate in the most unpredictable French presidential election for a long time. But he is not, any more, a laughing stock. Eight weeks before the first round of the election, Emmanuel Macron is now a very decisive contender.
When he announced his candidacy last November, he was dismissed - by the right and the left - as a lunatic. Predictions were that his candidacy would soon collapse; or that it was an empty box filled with vague ideas and ideals.
Furthermore, he didn't have the structural support of a traditional party, its geographic spread into local communities and its volunteers.