The institution had become a symbol of privilege in a society where social mobility has broken down.
The French president wants to change Europe, redefine his country and win re-election. But first he needs to overcome the biggest economic and social crisis since World War II.
A centrist straddling France’s traditional political divide, President Emmanuel Macron now chases voters on the right and has alienated some supporters and members of his own party.
Government support for banning the chokehold and disciplining officers suspected of racism have drawn angry pushback, placing President Emmanuel Macron in a bind.