At first glance, Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron seem to have nothing in common. The two men, however, share certain similarities.
The former is twice as old and antagonistic; the latter even-tempered and well-behaved. Trump flouts all protocol, while the French president upholds European good manners. Trump is a nationalist and a populist, hostile to immigrants and to anything he labels un-American; he promotes the nation’s turn inward towards its own territory and its own values; he is instinctively distrustful of outsiders and of trade; he does not believe in diplomacy and considers shows of force and even bellicose gestures to be the best response to rivals, allies, and enemies — if he were even inclined to distinguish between these three groups. Macron, on the other hand, represents an open concept of French culture; he warmly welcomes international contributions, is committed to active diplomacy, demonizes neither individuals nor groups, and considers what we call globalization as a benefit to humanity. We can add that Macron does nothing to hide his fervent Catholicism, while Trump’s religion is closer to the worship of material success[...]