Having served six years, and counting, as minister for the economy, Bruno Le Maire is the most experienced and senior member of Emmanuel Macron’s top team, second in the hierarchy only to the current prime minister, Elisabeth Borne. He has presided over the French economy during one of the most challenging periods in its history, maintaining a measure of growth, however slight, into the post-Covid era while holding unemployment to a rate of just 8.2 per cent, considerably below the level he inherited from … Emmanuel Macron.

Given that Macron and Le Maire have worked closely together throughout their shared time in office and that the President has never been shy of co-opting the achievements of others, it might be assumed that all is well between them.