France’s new president: Can Macron keep spirit of hope alive?

20 May

France’s new president, Emmanuel Macron, has been described as the torchbearer of a new politics – a politics led from the centre, in which the traditional parties of the “right” and “left” are reduced to understudy roles. But is it so simple? Will his all-stripes government actually work? And can his political movement win a majority in next month’s parliamentary elections? FRANCE 24’s Douglas Herbert puts these questions to Cécile Alduy, a professor of French studies at Stanford University.