French president takes advantage of Brexit to flex muscles on world stage and forge own special relationship with US

Emmanuel Macron, the dynamic French president, is emerging to be a great opportunist.

After setting himself up initially as the Gaullist statesman prepared to speak truth unto American power over climate change and protectionism, he has spied an opening to forge an unlikely alliance with US president Donald Trump – a chance created by the Brexit and domestic political preoccupations of Theresa May, and the American president’s frosty relationship with Angela Merkel.

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