Category: Opinions

May 16, 2017 / / Online Exclusives

At 7:00 P.M. on May 7 my eyes were fixed on my laptop screen as I rapidly refreshed the New York Times live coverage map of the French election. Only minutes later I felt a sense of giddiness, a sensation felt by tens of millions of anxious political junkies. The wave of populism that brought Trump and Brexit appeared to have collapsed or at least calmed. Later that night the centrist Emmanuel Macron assumed the title of France’s President-Elect.