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Behind Any Great Man, The Singular Role Of Brigitte Macron

France's incoming First Lady is 24 years older than Emmanuel Macron, her husband and former drama student. How this unusual presidential couple is rewriting the rules of French politics.

Emmanuel and Brigitte Macron celebrating with supporters on May 7
Emmanuel and Brigitte Macron celebrating with supporters on May 7
Vanessa Schneider

PARIS — Never did Emmanuel Macron, the French president-elect, plan to do any of this without her. Brigitte Macron, his wife, was always part of the equation. And come Sunday, when the presidency officially changes hands, she will have her rightful place at the Elysée Palace.

"In any case, there is something in the presidential function that involves the couple," Emmanuel Macron told the magazine Paris Match on May 4. "I accept that and I think she does too."

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AMLO Power Grab: Mexico's Electoral Reform Would Make Machiavelli Proud

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, aka AMLO, says his plans to reform the electoral system are a way to save taxpayer money. A closer look tells a different story.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of Mexico votes

Luis Rubio

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MEXICO CITY — For supporters of Mexico's President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) the goal is clear: to keep power beyond the 2024 general election, at any price. Finally, the engineers of the much-touted Fourth Transformation, ALMO's 2018 campaign promise to do away with the privileged abuses that have plagued Mexican politics for decades, are showing their colors.

Current electoral laws date back to the 1990s, when unending electoral disputes were a constant of every voting round and impeded effective governance in numerous states and districts. The National Electoral Institute (INE) and its predecessor, the IFE, were created to solve once and for all those endemic disputes.

Their promoters hoped Mexico could expect a more honest future, with the electoral question resolved. The 2006 presidential elections, which included AMLO as a recalcitrant loser, showed this was hoping for too much. That election is also, remotely, at the source of the president's new electoral initiative.

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