President of France, Former French Minister of the Economy, Finance and Industry
Emmanuel Macron is a French politician, senior civil servant, and former investment banker. Born in Amiens, he studied Philosophy at Paris Nanterre University, and later graduated from the École nationale d’administration(ENA) in 2004. He went on to become an Inspector of Finances in the Inspectorate General of Finances (IGF) before becoming an investment banker at Rothschild & Cie Banque.
A member of the Socialist Party (PS) from 2006 to 2009, he was designated deputy secretary-general under François Hollande’s first government in 2012 before being appointed Minister of Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs in 2014 under the Second Valls Government, where he pushed through business-friendly reforms. He resigned in August 2016 in order to launch a bid in the 2017 presidential election. In November 2016, Macron declared that he would run in the election under the banner of En Marche!, a centrist movement he founded in April 2016.