Emmanuel Macron Expounds as the World Burns

Rachel Donadio
Emmanuel Macron Expounds as the World Burns

It was a perfect late-summer evening when President Emmanuel Macron—tanned and super-energized in a dark-blue suit and crisp white shirt—held forth before the Elysée press corps on matters of international import. Nearby, boulangeries, shops, and the French National Assembly were still closed for the August holiday.