Despite his smoke-and-mirror tactics, Emmanuel Macron is still seen as a right-wing politician in France. But anyone reading the American press would think he was closer to the left — the liberal left as defined by the United States, and which more or less encompasses the Democratic Party.
This is the image of Macron presented in a recent profile by Time magazine, and the same sentiment is echoed by reports and analyses published by the New York Times and the Washington Post. The journalists and editorial writers at these newspapers only actually honed in on one discriminating feature: The French president’s attitude to climate change. Macron is anti-CO2 and wants to “save the climate” (what a strange expression!) whereas Trump and the Republicans don’t believe in climate change and are in favor of oil and coal.
The debate is as much electoral and national as scientific. France has neither coal nor oil, while both resources[...]