It's half-way through Emmanuel Macron's five-year mandate and French voters are glancing over the menu, bored of the president's promises. Everything they've come to dislike about Emmanuel Macron is being confirmed and contrasted by the taller man on his right. Yes, the most serious threat to Macron right now isn't Marine Le Pen but the growing popularity of his prime minister.
This shouldn't come as a surprise. Edouard Philippe is arguably France's best PM in living memory. And cruelly, he's all the things Macron isn't. Unpretentious, understating and authentic, he's a six-foot-four Northerner of sharp wit who goes boxing twice a week. A proud father of three, he learned real-life politics as mayor of Le Havre: a working-class city where his grandfather was a docker and his parents were school teachers.