Democratic heroes

Liberal democracies, he has argued, faced with the dark menace of nationalism, need heroes if they are to rouse a positive national spirit and defeat the “sad passions” fanned by populists.

—The Economist on Emmanuel Macron in France’s victorious footballers do Emmanuel Macron a favour – France’s World Cup triumph


In the 23 players and their manager who brought home the World Cup, the luckiest man in French politics has found his heroes.

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