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Charmer is Brexit Britain's neighbour from hell.

Byline: analysis BY JASON BEATTIE HEAD OF POLITICS

UNLESS there is an unexpected upset, the next President of France will be the telegenic 39-year-old Emmanuel Macron.

If Theresa May wants an idea of what this means for Brexit she should look at Macron's victory rally, where there were as many EU flags as Tricolours.

In this regard, a Macron presidency will bring a stability to the EU that Britain needs for a successful Brexit. Pro-EU enthusiasts have won in Austria and the Netherlands, and the only challenger to Angela Merkel in Germany's September poll is Martin Schulz, a former European Parliament president. Yet this will also embolden the EU in negotiations.

Macron has signalled he wants France to gain from Britain's departure, and to sweet talk banks and tech firms into crossing the Channel. He has also stated there can be no special deals for the UK.

The Gallic charmer could end up being the neighbour from hell.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Apr 25, 2017
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