Sylvain Cypel is a writer for Le 1 and America and a former senior editor at Le Monde.

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Macron’s California Revolution

French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Trogneux, Paris, April 23, 2017

Among the many ideas put forward by Emmanuel Macron, the new French president, was to institute an annual speech to the French parliament, a sort of State of the Union à la française. He also introduced a raft of bold proposals for streamlining government. But even bolder than his proposals was the speech itself, and the American-style executive it seemed to usher in.