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Friday, 19 May 2017 05:51

Mr. Macron’s Next Challenge: Governing

Written by  By THE EDITORIAL BOARD

In its balance of experience and freshness, left and right, men and women, the cabinet that France’s new president, Emmanuel Macron, announced on Wednesday is a true reflection of the fundamental realignment of French politics that he has promised.

But the team’s survival in office — and Mr. Macron’s ability to pursue the fundamental reforms he seeks — will require the same tenacity, brilliance and luck that brought someone as untested and largely unknown as he to power.

The next key to Mr. Macron’s improbable quest lies in the parliamentary elections to be held in two rounds on June 11 and 18. The movement Mr. Macron launched 13 months ago, En Marche! (On the Move!), recently recast as a political party called La République en Marche!, has yet to elect a single deputy to the 577-seat National Assembly. Nonetheless, the party intends to run candidates in almost every district, counting on at least some defections from mainstream parties of left and right.

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