Emmanuel Macron, self-styled master of clocks, plays for time over pensions gamble

French president Emmanuel Macron during a press conference at an EU leaders' summit in Brussels yesterday. Photo: Johanna Geron/Reuters

John Downing

Late in his first successful campaign for the French presidency, back in spring 2017, Emmanuel Macron, began referring to himself as “maître des horloges” or “master of clocks”. It was his grandiloquent way of saying he made his own decisions, in his own time, and thus set the political agenda.