Macron helps France become world leader in soft power, survey finds
President’s election has helped French unseat US and Britain at top of index measuring nations’ global influence
France has overtaken the US and Britain as the world’s top soft power, according to an annual survey examining how much non-military global influence an individual country wields.
Britain headed the list two years ago, but was edged off top spot by the US last year. However, the election of Donald Trump, the Brexit vote and the election of Emmanuel Macron appear to have shifted global perceptions.