The new president of France, Emmanuel Macron, has chosen his government, appointing all his senior ministers. It is half women and half men. It is half experienced politicians and half people from civic society. It is drawn from the whole political spectrum, left, centre and right. This is a tremendously important experiment and it is going to be of great interest to see if it works. It is a break with the old party system. As one opponent has said, he is not so much reforming the system as putting a bomb under it.
We are currently reeling from seeing what happens when inexperienced people get their hands on political power in America. Will anything similar happen in France? No doubt some mistakes will be made, but this is a very exciting and heartening experiment. One can only wish it success. In a world where the news is so often bad, this is surely a development that raises hope.