An artifact is a manufactured object which replaces the real, whose true nature is distorted. A puppet is a character in a show who is directed by an external will. Emmanuel Macron perhaps relates to both. A media firework, brilliant and hollow, gifted and twisted, he is the product of ideological and financial forces which have created him to neutralize the threat of an identitarian France. Macron has been designed to give to the decadence and destruction of France the reassuring face of a smiling young dandy. What’s more, his economic “liberalism,” apparently quite agreeable in this objectively Communist country with an unemployment rate twice as high as its neighbors, will soon be shown as bogus. On reforms, Macron will prove a scaredy-cat. Too afraid of a fight . . .