I am immensely proud of France and french support for our new President, Emmanuel Macron. He continues to demonstrate qualities of a world leader, capable economist, progressive thinker, savvy compromiser, and inclusive politician. In about one month, he filled his cabinet (1/2 of the positions are held by women), solidified France’s commitment to the EU, acknowledged (albeit disagreed) with the political platform of the Front National extreme right, developed an equal and amicable relationship with other world leaders, and set in motion changes to french policy which should help unemployment, health care, education, infrastructure, climate change, taxes, anti-terrorism, pensions, and fair trade. In June, the legislators will be elected and I think it’s likely there will be a mandate for Macron’s “En Marche!” party priorities. It is a time when France feels hopeful, confident, valuable, and vital on the global stage. The optimism is contagious; positive results seem inevitable, pride and patriotism have been renewed, and amazingly, LOTS of french people are genuinely HAPPY!