There have been thousands of contributors from civic society, local committees set up across France grouped by subject themes, hundreds of experts debating plans and groups analysing the proposals and selecting the best. Emmanuel Macron has certainly done his best to highlight the original way his election manifesto has been put together, and used this unorthodox approach to justify its late appearance. It needed time to blend all the elements together, he explained, before his measures could be unveiled on March 2nd.