Macron Has Changed France’s Political DNA

By James Traub

The French are not a constitutionally enthusiastic people. “Surtout, pas trop de zèle,” the diplomat Talleyrand famously advised — above all, moderate your zeal. Just over a year after the French elected Emmanuel Macron president in a rare bright spot for Western democracy, they have found innumerable reasons to think ill of him: He doesn’t care about the ordinary citizen, his policies favor the rich, he trifles with the norms of democratic consultation. Yet, Mr. Traub argues, you can’t spend time with the novice legislators of Macron’s La République En Marche! party without catching the contagion of hopefulness.

Read the full Foreign Policy article by CIC Non-Resident Fellow James Traub here.

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Jun 05, 2018
James Traub
Europe