Emmanuel Macron is struggling with a deeply divided France

PARIS – President Emmanuel Macron once compared the French presidency to the reign of Jupiter. Like the Roman god-king, he spent much of his first term impenetrable to political opposition and issued directives with limited debate.

Mr. Macron’s next five years in office will require a more conciliatory approach. The 44-year-old former investment banker knows that many people who voted to re-elect him in France’s presidential election on Sunday did not vote for far-right leader Marine Le Pen, not for him. Voters, lawmakers and even the president himself say he needs to drop his harsh approach and rebuild consensus in a country that has been deeply polarized along economic and generational lines.

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