France's new president, sworn in on Sunday, is playing a delicate game of balancing between centre-left and centre-right. Beholden to neither of the major parties, his aim is to build the maximum support base in the centre for his program.

Macron's first announcement last week of a slate of parliamentary candidates seemed to lean to the left; one analysis found that 153 of them came from the Socialist Party and its allies, against only 40 from the centre-right parties. Now he has countered that by appointing a Prime Minister, Edouard Philippe, who hails from the centre-right and is expected to bring more converts with him.