Choose your spin on the French election but the victory of political novice Emmanuel Macron (about 65 per cent in the vote) in Sunday’s run-off is seen as either a new wave of European commitment or a leap into the unknown. Macron is compared carelessly with Justin Trudeau but that seems superficial. Trudeau (his father’s son) is a member of an established political party with seats in a Westminster-style parliament. Macron is a solo flyer — no lineage, no party and a Republican system of government with a president and a premier. Time will tell what he can do with that.