“La rentrée” is an institution peculiar to France. Straddling the first days of September, “the return” marks the moment when the country shudders back to life after a long and lazy summer. Students return to school and parents return to work. If the French year begins in September, the writer Stephen Clarke acerbically noted, it ends in May.
This year, however, early September also marks the surprising return of Emmanuel Macron. At first glance, this is not surprising: After all, he is still president and has two more years on his lease to the Elysee Palace. Instead, what is surprising — and deeply reassuring — is his return to life as a political presence in France and Europe.… Seguir leyendo »