France is in turmoil. A three-way standoff between Left, Right and centre in Sunday’s second round of the parliamentary elections has left the Republic facing an extended period of political paralysis. Emmanuel Macron avoided the worst of all possible worlds – that would have been actual defeat by the resurgent Left – but is staring at a five-year term in which nothing he puts forward is guaranteed passage and the government of France grinds painfully to a halt.