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Theresa May, take note. Emmanuel Macron’s personal ratings may be falling, but the French president is still box office gold. In its first three days, the new Élysée Palace gift shop sold more than £300,000 of Macron tat, ranging from postcards of the smiling president selling at a bargain €2 to three gold bracelets engraved with the words “Liberté, égalité, fraternité” for a cool €250 each. Also available are the usual assortment of T-shirts, mugs and key rings – not to mention a box of seven red, white and blue macaroons. With doubts over just how long the British prime minister will remain in office – though the Tory party conference programme has her optimistically down to give a two-and-a-half-hour closing speech entitled General Election 2022 – it’s surely now time for May to cash in while the going is still good. Though videos of her finest performances at PMQs and limited edition copies of her Amanda Wakeley leather trousers might be hard to shift, there must surely be a huge market for other memorabilia. Postcards of her sitting alone at a EU summit personally signed by the Four Pot Plants would fly off the shelf. As would T-shirts with slogans like “strong and stable”, “no magic money tree” and “nothing has changed”. Call it the Brexit dividend.