With roughly 4,000 permanent inhabitants and several thousand more in summertime the town is a tranquil place most of the year. Families recall socializing with the Macrons in the summer, drinking an aperitif on the beach while children played together. Gregoire Campion, 62, has known the couple for about 20 years. He talks about Macron as “Manu, a cool guy, open-minded.” “I thought it was a wonderful (love) story. On top of that he was very well-accepted by Brigitte’s children,” Campion said. “It’s a proof of commitment, the same way as he commits himself for France.” Until recent months, Macron could be seen walking to the tennis club, taking out the garbage, shopping with his wife. Jacques Guilbert, a former member of the Socialist Party in his 60s, joined Macron’s movement, En Marche! Homepage(In Motion!), created a year ago. He said he was convinced by his “friendly” and “simple” style. “When you are facing him, he looks you in the eyes, and he listens to you without interrupting.
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