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Emmanuel Macron's State of the Union

The French president promised a “profound transformation” of the country’s political system, but critics said the speech demonstrated a “monarchical” drift.
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French President Emmanuel Macron promised a “profound transformation” of the country’s political system in a rare address Monday to both chambers of Parliament at the Palace of Versailles.

The 90-minute address, which drew comparisons to the U.S. State of the Union, laid out proposals Macron said would serve as a roadmap for his five-year term, including shrinking the number of lawmakers in both houses of the country’s parliament by

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