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>> The French president has presented his five year political road map to lawmakers. And he's already drawing criticism for being monarchical. Emmanuel Macron held the ceremony at Versailles, Opulent Palace of France's last king. Past leaders have tended to use this address in times of crisis or constitutional reforms.
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Not so the country's youngest head since Napoleon. Macron wants this to be an annual feature of his time in office. His aides say convening at the 17th century building shows his desire to restore some old fashioned grandeur to the role. There's even talk of the 39 year old embodying a Jupiterian vision of the Presidency.
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This would see Macron as the Roman God of Gods, speaking rarely except to issue orders. This contrasts sharply with his predecessor, socialist president Frostwell Alonz did all he could to market himself as Mr. Normal. Now France's media haven't taken long to latch on to the new image. The front cover of Liberation newspaper showing a bare chested Macron in a Roman toga holding bolts of lightning.