Don't forget the French beheaded their king, Hollande warns Macron

From Reuters - April 11, 2018

PARIS (Reuters) - Former French president Francois Hollande has warned his pomp-loving successor Emmanuel Macron: dont forget French royals lost their heads at the guillotine.

In extracts from his new book Lessons of Power the Socialist politician seeks to re-write the record books on his five years in office, which culminated when he became the first French leader not to seek re-election in recent history.

Hollandes decision was driven by unpopularity and he argued that voters could turn on Macron. He attacked the remote and imperious style his former economy minister has adopted since he became president last May.

I never signed up to the monarchical conception of the Fifth Republics institutions. Those who say the people are looking for a king should never forget theyre in a country where the monarch had his head cut off, Hollande told LObs magazine ahead of the books launch on Wednesday.

Since his election, Macron has used regal symbols to give his presidency a touch of majesty, from his victory speech at the Louvre to his decision to address lawmakers at the sumptuous palace of Frances former monarchy in Versailles.

The last resident of Versailles, King Louis XVI, was executed by guillotine in central Paris in 1793 during the French Revolution and his wife Marie Antoinette was guillotined later that year.

Macron himself has said France is a nation of regicidal monarchists. Its a paradox: the French want to be able to elect a king but they also want to be able to overthrow him at the drop of a hat, he told Der Spiegel in an interview last year. As president, one cant expect to be loved.


Continue reading at Reuters »