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The Macron divide

The people like him and the media hates him—why?

One year after his election it’s hard to tell from French coverage of Emmanuel Macron’s presidency that, despite the chaos of demonstrations, train strikes and a string of unpopular reforms, he is more popular at this stage than his three predecessors were. With an approval rating of 44 per cent, Macron has retained the support of nine tenths of those who voted for his En Marche! movement, also winning the approval of half of republican and a third of socialist voters.

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In Prospect’s June issue: Isabel Hilton, Rana Mitter, Kerry Brown and Yuan Ren debate the rise of China and what it means for the UK and the rest of the world. Hilton argues that China’s ideas could dominate the next century, just as American ideas dominated the last. Rana Mitter charts how those ideas have developed from Confucius to modern political theorist Wang Huning. Kerry Brown explores how Australia is dealing with the rise of China, by reimagining itself as an Asian country and drifting from the US. Yuan Ren asks whether China’s young people will forge a new path for the country in the coming decades. Elsewhere in the issue: Steve Bloomfield explores Jeremy Corbyn’s foreign policy, asking whether Britain would become a silent protester on the global sideline; Jonathan Liew asks if the World Cup has seen better days; Miranda France explores the life and meaning of Frida Kahlo, and Simon Jenkins says Trump’s charge through the China shop of world affairs is not all bad news.