Paris (CNN)When Emmanuel Macron was still France’s Economy Minister, he said French politics lacked the presence of a king — “A King whom, fundamentally, I don’t think the French people wanted dead,” he said back in 2015.

With his political movement En Marche! (On the move) Macron won the French presidency in 2017 and stepped into the monarchical void, landing a counter punch on the populist wave sweeping Europe. He gave his first address to both houses of parliament from the former seat of French kings, the gilded Palace of Versailles. The newly elected French President vowed to push through liberal reforms and restore France’s dignity.Eighteen months later, the new “monarch” faced a people’s revolt. The Champs-Elysees, commissioned by Louis XIV, the so-called Sun King, was ablaze as protesters wearing yellow vests clashed with riot police and angrily chanted “Couper la tête du roi!” (cut off the king’s head!). Emmanuel Macron was anointed as France's last great hope for reform. Is that all lost now?Emmanuel Macron was anointed as France's last great hope for reform. Is that all lost now?Emmanuel Macron was anointed as France's last great hope for reform. Is that all lost now?The demonstrations laid bare France’s deep divisions, between the urban elites and the rural poor, the winners and losers of globalization. How did the youthful “Jupiterian” leader — who had upended the political status quo and sent entrenched politicians into early retirement — find himself so out of touch? Did the fault lie with the technocrat courtiers he surrounded himself with, or was the public support never really there?Read MoreAlthough Macron did not rise to power through hereditary right, he does partly owe his throne to the far-right leader, Marine Le Pen. In the first round of the presidential election, Macron won just 25% of the vote. This result put him head to head with Le Pen in the second round. A great deal of support for Macron came from voters keen to keep the National Front leader out of office. One could argue that it wasn’t his liberal agenda that won Macron the election — it was fear of the alternative. Was this really a man of the people? Macron’s privileged childhood was spent somewhat removed from the real world. Born into a wealthy family in Amiens, he was a bookish child who — according to former classmates — sought the company of adults rather than his peers. Protesters confront police during a "yellow vest" demonstration Saturday, December 22, in central Paris.Protesters confront police during a "yellow vest" demonstration Saturday, December 22, in central Paris. Photos: In photos: Protests in FranceProtesters confront police during a “yellow vest” demonstration Saturday, December 22, in central Paris.Hide Caption 1 of 34Demonstrators rally in the Montmartre area of Paris on December 22.Demonstrators rally in the Montmartre area of Paris on December 22. Photos: In photos: Protests in FranceDemonstrators rally in the Montmartre area of Paris on December 22.Hide Caption 2 of 34Protesters block a highway near the French border with Spain on December 22 in Biriatou, France.Protesters block a highway near the French border with Spain on December 22 in Biriatou, France. Photos: In photos: Protests in FranceProtesters block a highway near the French border with Spain on December 22 in Biriatou, France.Hide Caption 3 of 34Demonstators turn out December 22 near toll booths on the A9 highway in Le Boulou, France.Demonstators turn out December 22 near toll booths on the A9 highway in Le Boulou, France. Photos: In photos: Protests in FranceDemonstators turn out December 22 near toll booths on the A9 highway in Le Boulou, France.Hide Caption 4 of 34Protesters gather December 15 at Place de l'Opera in Paris.Protesters gather December 15 at Place de l'Opera in Paris. Photos: In photos: Protests in FranceProtesters gather December 15 at Place de l’Opera in Paris.Hide Caption 5 of 34Activists dressed like Marianne, the symbol of the French Republic, face riot police on December 15 in Paris.Activists dressed like Marianne, the symbol of the French Republic, face riot police on December 15 in Paris. Photos: In photos: Protests in FranceActivists dressed like Marianne, the symbol of the French Republic, face riot police on December 15 in Paris.Hide Caption 6 of 34Demonstrators wearing yellow vests form a human tower December 15 on the Champs-Élysées in Paris.Demonstrators wearing yellow vests form a human tower December 15 on the Champs-Élysées in Paris. Photos: In photos: Protests in FranceDemonstrators wearing yellow vests form a human tower December 15 on the Champs-Élysées in Paris.Hide Caption 7 of 34A police water cannon sprays demonstrators on December 15 in Paris.A police water cannon sprays demonstrators on December 15 in Paris. Photos: In photos: Protests in FranceA police water cannon sprays demonstrators on December 15 in Paris.Hide Caption 8 of 34Protesters take part in a demonstration on December 15 in Paris.Protesters take part in a demonstration on December 15 in Paris. Photos: In photos: Protests in FranceProtesters take part in a demonstration on December 15 in Paris.Hide Caption 9 of 34Demonstrators run through tear gas during scuffles with police December 15 on the Champs-Élysées in Paris.Demonstrators run through tear gas during scuffles with police December 15 on the Champs-Élysées in Paris. Photos: In photos: Protests in FranceDemonstrators run through tear gas during scuffles with police December 15 on the Champs-Élysées in Paris.Hide Caption 10 of 34Police use tear gas on protesters at the Place de l'Opera in Paris on December 15.Police use tear gas on protesters at the Place de l'Opera in Paris on December 15. Photos: In photos: Protests in FrancePolice use tear gas on protesters at the Place de l’Opera in Paris on December 15.Hide Caption 11 of 34A protester waves the French national flag during a demonstration on the Champs-Élysées in Paris on December 15.A protester waves the French national flag during a demonstration on the Champs-Élysées in Paris on December 15. Photos: In photos: Protests in FranceA protester waves the French national flag during a demonstration on the Champs-Élysées in Paris on December 15.Hide Caption 12 of 34French police apprehend a man on December 8 during a protest in Paris.French police apprehend a man on December 8 during a protest in Paris. Photos: In photos: Protests in FranceFrench police apprehend a man on December 8 during a protest in Paris.Hide Caption 13 of 34Protesters wearing yellow vests gather on December 8 in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.Protesters wearing yellow vests gather on December 8 in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Photos: In photos: Protests in FranceProtesters wearing yellow vests gather on December 8 in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.Hide Caption 14 of 34Demonstrators drop flat to the ground on the Champs-Elysees avenue during a protest on Saturday, December 8, in Paris. Demonstrators drop flat to the ground on the Champs-Elysees avenue during a protest on Saturday, December 8, in Paris. Photos: In photos: Protests in FranceDemonstrators drop flat to the ground on the Champs-Elysees avenue during a protest on Saturday, December 8, in Paris. Hide Caption 15 of 34Protesters install a barricade during clashes with police at a demonstration in Paris on December 8.Protesters install a barricade during clashes with police at a demonstration in Paris on December 8. Photos: In photos: Protests in FranceProtesters install a barricade during clashes with police at a demonstration in Paris on December 8.Hide Caption 16 of 34Protesters gather on December 8 in Paris.Protesters gather on December 8 in Paris. Photos: In photos: Protests in FranceProtesters gather on December 8 in Paris.Hide Caption 17 of 34A demonstrator is covered in blood after getting in injured during a protest in Paris on December 8.A demonstrator is covered in blood after getting in injured during a protest in Paris on December 8. Photos: In photos: Protests in FranceA demonstrator is covered in blood after getting in injured during a protest in Paris on December 8.Hide Caption 18 of 34Protesters wearing yellow vests walk on the Champs-Elysees Avenue with the Arc de Triomphe in the background during a protest on December 8.Protesters wearing yellow vests walk on the Champs-Elysees Avenue with the Arc de Triomphe in the background during a protest on December 8. Photos: In photos: Protests in FranceProtesters wearing yellow vests walk on the Champs-Elysees Avenue with the Arc de Triomphe in the background during a protest on December 8.Hide Caption 19 of 34Two demonstrators dance in front a group as they take part on December 8 in the demonstration at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.Two demonstrators dance in front a group as they take part on December 8 in the demonstration at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Photos: In photos: Protests in FranceTwo demonstrators dance in front a group as they take part on December 8 in the demonstration at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.Hide Caption 20 of 34A protester reacts during clashes with police on December 8 in Paris.A protester reacts during clashes with police on December 8 in Paris. Photos: In photos: Protests in FranceA protester reacts during clashes with police on December 8 in Paris.Hide Caption 21 of 34French gendarmes apprehend a protester on December 8 in Paris.French gendarmes apprehend a protester on December 8 in Paris. Photos: In photos: Protests in FranceFrench gendarmes apprehend a protester on December 8 in Paris.Hide Caption 22 of 34Protesters throw objects at riot police on Saturday, December 1, during a demonstration that turned violent when protestors clashed with police in Paris.Protesters throw objects at riot police on Saturday, December 1, during a demonstration that turned violent when protestors clashed with police in Paris. Photos: In photos: Protests in FranceProtesters throw objects at riot police on Saturday, December 1, during a demonstration that turned violent when protestors clashed with police in Paris.Hide Caption 23 of 34An injured woman sits on the ground as police officers spray yellow vest protesters with tear gas during a protest in Paris on December 1.An injured woman sits on the ground as police officers spray yellow vest protesters with tear gas during a protest in Paris on December 1. Photos: In photos: Protests in FranceAn injured woman sits on the ground as police officers spray yellow vest protesters with tear gas during a protest in Paris on December 1.Hide Caption 24 of 34A burned car is left in the street a day after the  yellow vests demonstration against rising oil prices and living costs in Paris on December 1.A burned car is left in the street a day after the  yellow vests demonstration against rising oil prices and living costs in Paris on December 1. Photos: In photos: Protests in FranceA burned car is left in the street a day after the yellow vests demonstration against rising oil prices and living costs in Paris on December 1.Hide Caption 25 of 34Firemen work to extinguish a burning car on December 1.Firemen work to extinguish a burning car on December 1. Photos: In photos: Protests in FranceFiremen work to extinguish a burning car on December 1.Hide Caption 26 of 34A demonstrator leaves as water cannons evacuate the Place de l'Etoile on December 1.A demonstrator leaves as water cannons evacuate the Place de l'Etoile on December 1. Photos: In photos: Protests in FranceA demonstrator leaves as water cannons evacuate the Place de l’Etoile on December 1.Hide Caption 27 of 34A demonstrator watches a burning car near the Champs-Elysees avenue on December 1.A demonstrator watches a burning car near the Champs-Elysees avenue on December 1. Photos: In photos: Protests in FranceA demonstrator watches a burning car near the Champs-Elysees avenue on December 1.Hide Caption 28 of 34Riot police officers stand in position during clashes with demonstrators on December 1.Riot police officers stand in position during clashes with demonstrators on December 1. Photos: In photos: Protests in FranceRiot police officers stand in position during clashes with demonstrators on December 1.Hide Caption 29 of 34Protesters and police clash in downtown Paris on December 1 during a national demonstration.Protesters and police clash in downtown Paris on December 1 during a national demonstration. Photos: In photos: Protests in FranceProtesters and police clash in downtown Paris on December 1 during a national demonstration.Hide Caption 30 of 34Hooded demonstrators smash a car.Hooded demonstrators smash a car. Photos: In photos: Protests in FranceHooded demonstrators smash a car.Hide Caption 31 of 34A demonstrator throws a projectile during the December 1 protest.A demonstrator throws a projectile during the December 1 protest. Photos: In photos: Protests in FranceA demonstrator throws a projectile during the December 1 protest.Hide Caption 32 of 34A demonstrator treats a wounded man during a protest where police and demonstrators clashed, injuring dozens on December 1.A demonstrator treats a wounded man during a protest where police and demonstrators clashed, injuring dozens on December 1. Photos: In photos: Protests in FranceA demonstrator treats a wounded man during a protest where police and demonstrators clashed, injuring dozens on December 1.Hide Caption 33 of 34French gendarmes apprehend a protester in Paris on December 1.French gendarmes apprehend a protester in Paris on December 1. Photos: In photos: Protests in FranceFrench gendarmes apprehend a protester in Paris on December 1.Hide Caption 34 of 3401 paris protests 122203 paris protests 122202 paris protests 122204 paris protests 122212 yellow vest protests france 121511 yellow vest protests france 121507 yellow vest protests france 121509 yellow vest protests france 121510 yellow vest protests france 121508 yellow vest protests france 121504 yellow vest protests france 121503 yellow vest protests france 121501 paris protests 120809 paris protests 120808 paris protests 120803 paris protests 120810 paris protests 120804 paris protests 120805 paris protests 120806 paris protests 120807 paris protests 120808 paris protests 120807 paris protests UNF RESTRICTED 120104 paris protests UNF RESTRICTED 120101 paris protests UNF 120113 paris protests UNF 120102 paris protests UNF 120110 paris protests UNF 120103 paris protests UNF 120112 paris protests UNF 120105 paris protests UNF 120116 paris protests UNF 120108 paris protests UNF 120109 paris protests UNF 1201Unlike his predecessors, Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande, who were politicized at a young age, a 20-something Macron was more likely to be engaged in deep conversation with the French philosopher, Paul Ricoeur, than out on the streets, going door to door, speaking to voters or local officials. Macron’s career path screams globalist elite. He studied at France’s most prestigious and selective school, Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA) and aged 32, he became Rothschild’s youngest investment banker. His meteoric rise gave Macron the belief that through hard work and perseverance he could do just about anything. Once elected, the dynamic French President wasted no time in applying his ambitious plan to reform his country, something others had tried and failed to achieve. Macron will need to do a lot more to silence the protestorsMacron will need to do a lot more to silence the protestorsMacron will need to do a lot more to silence the protestorsMacron successfully pushed through an unpopular rail reform, loosened labor rules, unapologetically slashed the wealth tax to encourage high earners to keep their money in France and promised to overhaul France’s cherished welfare state. Critics quickly dubbed him”the president of the rich.”Over the summer, a series of awkward public interactions added to the image of an out-of-touch president. Three exchanges went viral, shocking the public, in the run up to the Yellow Vests protests. In June, he publicly berated a teenager for cheekily calling him by the nickname “Manu.” In the clip, the floppy-haired boy is seen quickly apologizing to the president, who scolds him for several minutes. “You should call me Mr. President!” snaps Macron. The exchange was widely shared on social media, as users expressed sympathy for the teen and accused Macron of humiliating him.Several months later, during a trip to Denmark, Macron was caught describing the French as “Gauls who are resistant to change.” Opposition politicians back home said Macron was “insulting French identity” and showing “contempt” for his own people, while labor unions said the implication was that Gauls were mere commoners, “beneath the kings.” Although Macron later acknowledged he had made a mistake, the damage was done.Not long after, Macron drew the ire of France’s job seekers, when, in September, he told a 25-year-old unemployed gardener he could easily find him work.”There are loads of jobs, go on!” he said. “Hotels, cafes, restaurants — I’ll find you one just by crossing the road!” The image of the énarque (ENA) graduate schooling the young man provoked anger as critics took once more to Twitter, to denounce a president who was “out of touch with the people.”Macron: 'Call me Mr. President'Macron: 'Call me Mr. President'Macron: 'Call me Mr. President'JUST WATCHEDMacron: ‘Call me Mr. President’ReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH

Macron: ‘Call me Mr. President’ 01:03Macron’s perceived condescending and arrogant behavior coupled with his liberalizing economic reforms fueled populist discontent as the year went on. Four weeks after Macron’s interaction with the job seeker, Jacline Moraud, a 51-year-old from Brittany posted a short video on Facebook, railing against the President over a proposed fuel tax hike. “What are you doing with the French people’s money, Mr. Macron?” she asked several times. The video was watched more than 6 million times and Mouraud became one of the first unofficial spokespeople for the Yellow Vest movement. Six consecutive weekends of escalating violent protests saw thousands of people arrested, 10 people killed and Paris’ most expensive neighborhoods vandalized. “No Christmas for the bourgeoisie” was scrawled across the Arc de Triomphe, home to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.In a bid to assuage the fury of the Yellow Vests Macron gave a televised address. Sitting behind a gold desk he acknowledged he had “hurt people” with his words. He announced major concessions in the shape of financial aid to the least well off. The measures seemed to take the sting out of the revolt, and protests on Saturday were poorly attended.How the Macron-Trump bromance evolvedHow the Macron-Trump bromance evolvedHow the Macron-Trump bromance evolvedJUST WATCHEDHow the Macron-Trump bromance evolvedReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH

How the Macron-Trump bromance evolved 01:51The question for Macron now is whether he can win back the trust of the French people. Political analyst Dominique Moisi believes this will be hard. “Once you have humiliated people or once people have felt humiliated by you, it is difficult to recreate a process of confidence and trust,” he says. Macron is now offering to listen to ordinary people. Along with the concessions, he announced a six-month consultation with mayors, local councilors, businesses, trade unions and the Yellow Vests to discuss economic reforms. But if Macron does manage to gain their trust how can he continue to reform? If Macron can’t deliver a fuel tax hike, how can he see through other promised measures such as pension reform? April 2017: Trump hosts Macron for state visitApril 2017: Trump hosts Macron for state visit Photos: Trump hosting Macron for state visitFrench President Emmanuel Macron gestures as he arrives to address a joint meeting of Congress on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, in Washington. President Donald Trump is hosting Macron for a state visit -- <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/24/politics/trump-macron-state-dinner/index.html" target="_blank">the first of his presidency.</a>French President Emmanuel Macron gestures as he arrives to address a joint meeting of Congress on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, in Washington. President Donald Trump is hosting Macron for a state visit -- <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/24/politics/trump-macron-state-dinner/index.html" target="_blank">the first of his presidency.</a> Photos: Trump hosting Macron for state visitFrench President Emmanuel Macron gestures as he arrives to address a joint meeting of Congress on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, in Washington. President Donald Trump is hosting Macron for a state visit — the first of his presidency.Hide Caption 1 of 23Macron's wife, Brigitte Macron, visits the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington on April 25.Macron's wife, Brigitte Macron, visits the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington on April 25. Photos: Trump hosting Macron for state visitMacron’s wife, Brigitte Macron, visits the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington on April 25.Hide Caption 2 of 23Trump toasts Macron during a state dinner to honor Macron on April 24, at the White House in Washington.Trump toasts Macron during a state dinner to honor Macron on April 24, at the White House in Washington. Photos: Trump hosting Macron for state visitTrump toasts Macron during a state dinner to honor Macron on April 24, at the White House in Washington.Hide Caption 3 of 23Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive for a state dinner with Macron and his wife, Brigitte Macron, at the White House.Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive for a state dinner with Macron and his wife, Brigitte Macron, at the White House. Photos: Trump hosting Macron for state visitTrump and first lady Melania Trump arrive for a state dinner with Macron and his wife, Brigitte Macron, at the White House.Hide Caption 4 of 23Trump and the first lady wait to greet the Macrons as they arrive for the state dinner.Trump and the first lady wait to greet the Macrons as they arrive for the state dinner. Photos: Trump hosting Macron for state visitTrump and the first lady wait to greet the Macrons as they arrive for the state dinner.Hide Caption 5 of 23Macron lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on April 24, at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. Macron lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on April 24, at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. Photos: Trump hosting Macron for state visitMacron lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on April 24, at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. Hide Caption 6 of 23Trump <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/24/politics/trump-macron-dandruff/index.html" target="_blank">jokingly brushes what he described as dandruff</a> from Macron's shoulder on April 24, in the Oval Office.Trump <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/24/politics/trump-macron-dandruff/index.html" target="_blank">jokingly brushes what he described as dandruff</a> from Macron's shoulder on April 24, in the Oval Office. Photos: Trump hosting Macron for state visitTrump jokingly brushes what he described as dandruff from Macron’s shoulder on April 24, in the Oval Office.Hide Caption 7 of 23Trump and Macron hold hands, as they walk to the Oval Office. The two leaders planned to tackle a slew of pressing policy issues, including the Iran deal, the Syrian civil war and Russian aggression.Trump and Macron hold hands, as they walk to the Oval Office. The two leaders planned to tackle a slew of pressing policy issues, including the Iran deal, the Syrian civil war and Russian aggression. Photos: Trump hosting Macron for state visitTrump and Macron hold hands, as they walk to the Oval Office. The two leaders planned to tackle a slew of pressing policy issues, including the Iran deal, the Syrian civil war and Russian aggression.Hide Caption 8 of 23The two Presidents sit with their staff members on April 24, in the White House Cabinet Room.The two Presidents sit with their staff members on April 24, in the White House Cabinet Room. Photos: Trump hosting Macron for state visitThe two Presidents sit with their staff members on April 24, in the White House Cabinet Room.Hide Caption 9 of 23First ladies Melania Trump, right, and Brigitte Macron, second from right, tour the National Gallery of Art on April 24.First ladies Melania Trump, right, and Brigitte Macron, second from right, tour the National Gallery of Art on April 24. Photos: Trump hosting Macron for state visitFirst ladies Melania Trump, right, and Brigitte Macron, second from right, tour the National Gallery of Art on April 24.Hide Caption 10 of 23The Trumps and the Macrons wave from the balcony of the White House during an arrival ceremony on April 24.The Trumps and the Macrons wave from the balcony of the White House during an arrival ceremony on April 24. Photos: Trump hosting Macron for state visitThe Trumps and the Macrons wave from the balcony of the White House during an arrival ceremony on April 24.Hide Caption 11 of 23The ceremony was held on the South Lawn of the White House.The ceremony was held on the South Lawn of the White House. Photos: Trump hosting Macron for state visitThe ceremony was held on the South Lawn of the White House.Hide Caption 12 of 23The Presidents put forward an elaborate show of friendship on the South Lawn, reviewing cordons of troops and recalling the long history between the United States and France.The Presidents put forward an elaborate show of friendship on the South Lawn, reviewing cordons of troops and recalling the long history between the United States and France. Photos: Trump hosting Macron for state visitThe Presidents put forward an elaborate show of friendship on the South Lawn, reviewing cordons of troops and recalling the long history between the United States and France.Hide Caption 13 of 23Macron's visit comes a little less than a year after the Trumps visited Paris for Bastille Day celebrations.Macron's visit comes a little less than a year after the Trumps visited Paris for Bastille Day celebrations. Photos: Trump hosting Macron for state visitMacron’s visit comes a little less than a year after the Trumps visited Paris for Bastille Day celebrations.Hide Caption 14 of 23The Trumps welcome the Macrons.The Trumps welcome the Macrons. Photos: Trump hosting Macron for state visitThe Trumps welcome the Macrons.Hide Caption 15 of 23Standing markers are set up for both Presidents before the arrival ceremony.Standing markers are set up for both Presidents before the arrival ceremony. Photos: Trump hosting Macron for state visitStanding markers are set up for both Presidents before the arrival ceremony.Hide Caption 16 of 23Macron has forged one of the closest relationships Trump maintains with any world leader.Macron has forged one of the closest relationships Trump maintains with any world leader. Photos: Trump hosting Macron for state visitMacron has forged one of the closest relationships Trump maintains with any world leader.Hide Caption 17 of 23The Macrons flew into the United States on Monday, April 23. They had a private dinner with the Trumps at Mount Vernon, the estate of George Washington in Virginia.The Macrons flew into the United States on Monday, April 23. They had a private dinner with the Trumps at Mount Vernon, the estate of George Washington in Virginia. Photos: Trump hosting Macron for state visitThe Macrons flew into the United States on Monday, April 23. They had a private dinner with the Trumps at Mount Vernon, the estate of George Washington in Virginia.Hide Caption 18 of 23The foursome uses golden shovels to plant a European Sessile oak tree on April 23, on the South Lawn of the White House. The tree was taken from Belleau Wood, northeast of Paris, where 9,000 American troops lost their lives during World War I. The foursome uses golden shovels to plant a European Sessile oak tree on April 23, on the South Lawn of the White House. The tree was taken from Belleau Wood, northeast of Paris, where 9,000 American troops lost their lives during World War I. Photos: Trump hosting Macron for state visitThe foursome uses golden shovels to plant a European Sessile oak tree on April 23, on the South Lawn of the White House. The tree was taken from Belleau Wood, northeast of Paris, where 9,000 American troops lost their lives during World War I. Hide Caption 19 of 23The Trumps and the Macrons leave the White House Oval Office on April 23.The Trumps and the Macrons leave the White House Oval Office on April 23. Photos: Trump hosting Macron for state visitThe Trumps and the Macrons leave the White House Oval Office on April 23.Hide Caption 20 of 23The couples walk on the White House's South Lawn.The couples walk on the White House's South Lawn. Photos: Trump hosting Macron for state visitThe couples walk on the White House’s South Lawn.Hide Caption 21 of 23ABC News reporter Peter Alexander watches Macron's arrival on a phone while waiting for the White House press briefing to begin on April 23.ABC News reporter Peter Alexander watches Macron's arrival on a phone while waiting for the White House press briefing to begin on April 23. Photos: Trump hosting Macron for state visitABC News reporter Peter Alexander watches Macron’s arrival on a phone while waiting for the White House press briefing to begin on April 23.Hide Caption 22 of 23The Macrons arrive on April 23, at Andrews Air Force Base on a French government plane.The Macrons arrive on April 23, at Andrews Air Force Base on a French government plane. Photos: Trump hosting Macron for state visitThe Macrons arrive on April 23, at Andrews Air Force Base on a French government plane.Hide Caption 23 of 2304 macron congress 042502 Brigitte Macron 042509 trump macron state dinner 042402 trump macron state dinner arrival 042403 trump macron state dinner arrival 0424macron wreath unkonwn soldier 0424 RESRTICTED02 Trump Macron dandruff moment 042417 macron trump visit gallery18 macron trump visit gallery15 macron trump visit gallery01 Macron Trump visit gallery08 Macron Trump visit gallery11 Macron Trump visit gallery09 Macron Trump visit gallery10 Macron Trump visit gallery13 Macron Trump visit gallery07 Macron Trump visit gallery RESTRICTED12 Macron Trump visit gallery06 Macron Trump visit gallery05 Macron Trump visit gallery04 Macron Trump visit gallery03 Macron Trump visit gallery02 Macron Trump visit galleryAnd what of Macron’s bid to change the European Union? When he came to power German Chancellor Angela Merkel hoped the French President’s ambition might breathe new life into the weakening bloc and yet today, he can barely even contain problems at home. Macron was also revered across the pond and his state visit to Washington in April 2017 was the first of Dondald Trump’s presidency. But as the “bromance” between the two leaders began to fade Trump took to Twitter to lambast Macron for his plan to “create a European Army.” Clearly, the French president had fallen out of favor with the US president. Macron didn’t seem to mind and he continued to present himself as the forthright and plain-speaking new leader of the free world. Addressing leaders at the centenary of the end of WWI last month, he warned, pointedly, “patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism. Nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism.”Many saw his speech as an implicit dig at Trump who was forced to listen, stony-faced. Macron added that it was good to have 70 world leaders at the Arc de Triomphe for the memorial but asked how the photos would be seen in the future: “a symbol of lasting peace? Or the last moment of unity before the world falls into disorder?” Yellow vest protesters clash with riot police near the Arc de Triomphe, where weeks earlier, Macron addressed world leaders.Yellow vest protesters clash with riot police near the Arc de Triomphe, where weeks earlier, Macron addressed world leaders.Yellow vest protesters clash with riot police near the Arc de Triomphe, where weeks earlier, Macron addressed world leaders.Popular revolt in ParisJust three weeks later, the exact spot where Macron was lecturing the leaders, erupted into chaos as riot police filled the air with teargas and water cannons in a bid to disperse the rioters. People around the world watched in horror as Paris saw its worst civil unrest in more than a decade. With popular revolt taking hold, the king’s troubles had just begun. Macron’s reputation has taken a hit at home and on the world stage, particularly in Europe. It’s hard to promote reform abroad when you can’t reform at home. What’s more, Macron’s party could find itself competing with the Yellow Vests at a European level, as the protesters have vowed to field candidates in next year’s European elections. Le Pen, who has tried to exploit the grievances of the Yellow Vests, could be the real loser, as polls suggest the far-right would lose a significant number of votes if the Yellow Vests put forward their own candidates. Ironically, the far-left, which has also constantly criticized Macron, would suffer the same fate.When I met Emmanuel Macron in a TV studio just after he had debated Marine Le Pen and before the second round, he told me his favorite English text was “Le Roi Lear” — Shakespeare’s “King Lear.” But if Macron fails to appease the Yellow Vests’ anger — to engage with the common folk, and to appear less imperious — he could well fall victim to his own hubris, much like King Lear himself.

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