Watch out, Roman gods. According to the French president, there may soon be a new addition to the family — himself.
French president Emmanuel Macron has declared he will govern France like Jupiter, the Roman king of the gods, shortly after officials told the media his thought process was “too complex” for journalists to understand.
Summoning over 900 politicians from both houses of the French parliament to a rare Congress at the palace of Louis XIV – the ‘Sun King’ – in Versailles, he threatened to overrule lawmakers with a referendum if they try to frustrate the “reforms” he wishes to impose on the legislature. Such assemblies are usually reserved for times of national crisis.
Reuters reports him as saying he desires to reign as a “Jupiterian” president – “a remote, dignified figure, like the Roman god of gods, who weighs his rare pronouncements carefully”.
People say Trump is unstable for tweeting memes but Macron is going around declaring himself a Roman god pic.twitter.com/pX5L9cnw8G
— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) July 4, 2017
This bizarre statement of intent comes just days after Macron scrapped the president’s traditional Bastille Day press conference, with an Elysée Palace official claiming the 39-year-old’s thoughts are “too complex” for journalists.
Macron’s “complex thought process lends itself badly to the game of question-and-answer with journalists”, the spokesman explained – prompting much mockery in the French press.
If any Americans are hoping to live in a country led by a god, France will accept you with open arms. They've been expecting Americans ever since Macron opened their borders to Americans fleeing Trump's Paris climate agreement descicion. Not that their borders were ever closed to begin with. Maybe it was just a ploy for Macron to rule over more worshipers.
Not-making-this-up dept: Macron doesn't do Q&A w/ journalists because his thoughts are much "too complex" – Elysée https://t.co/g3cMxeXPzU
— Pierre Briançon (@pierrebri) June 29, 2017
This is a pretty intense handshake between Macron and Trump pic.twitter.com/nseTdcpXkX
— Colin Jones (@colinjones) May 25, 2017