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Macron, Cast as Out of Touch, Says Not Aloof
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Macron, Cast as Out of Touch, Says Not Aloof

French President Emmanuel Macron, accused by critics of being out of touch with ordinary people, denied in an interview with a German magazine he was aloof, saying that he was merely trying to stamp out cronyism between politicians and the media. The 39-year-old former banker was caught on video earlier this month saying during a visit to a struggling company that workers protesting his economic policies would do better to get a job in a nearby aluminum factory battling to find employees, euronews reported.  That prompted the far-left and far-right, who have sought to cast Macron as out of touch with the common man and a president for the rich, to say he had shown “contempt”. But Macron told Germany’s Der Spiegel: “I am not aloof. When I travel through the country, when I visit a factory, my staff tell me after three hours that I am ruining the schedule.” He added: “When I am with French people, I am not aloof because I belong to them.” Macron said being surrounded by journalists was not akin with being close to the people, adding: “A president should keep the media at arm’s length.”

 

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