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>> The official portrait of new French President, Emmanuel Macron. A defiant glare, in the background two iPhones, and a copy of the memoirs of national hero, Charles de Gaulle. The symbolism, no accident for a leader who wants to present himself as tough but modern. Last week in a show of strength he forced his army chief to quit for criticizing budget cuts.
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Reuters Ingrid Malinder in Paris says it looks like a trademark move.>> It allows Macron to show that he told them very publicly, he says, I'm your boss so it doesn't
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ally get clearer than that. That's also have been very much criticized. I mean your position said, why do you need to say you're the boss?
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Can't you just be that? And analysts say he's running a risk to appear as authoritarian. So that's really very much now others with
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] other sort of republic overall we look at this.>> Macron's aides push for his style to be labelled Jupitarian. A remote dignified figure like the Roman God of Gods, who while he says rare pronouncements carefully.
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In that vain, Macron has reduced interaction with the press, but is very present on social media. At home, critics see a danger in what they regard as the over centralization of power. Macron accused of muzzling ministers. It's said he even proofreads some of their media interviews. But on the world stage, the president has scored points for a dynamic presence.
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Including a public dressing down of US president Donald Trump over climate change. His style so far appears to have support. Macron's popularity rating holding above 50%, but there's a big risk to seizing all the power. When things go wrong voters may feel they know who to blame.