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The French presidential election of 2017 looked for all the world like it might turn out to be France’s Trump moment. Of a field of eleven candidates in the first round, the two that progressed to the second — Marine le Pen of the far-right Front National (now Rassemblement National) and Emmanuel Macron of new “radical centrist” party La République en Marche—represented a new political dichotomy. Bigotry vs. progress, or patriotism vs. globalist oppression, depending on who you asked.

So, naturally, the French people, and to an even greater extent their American and British cousins, positively wet themselves with relief when Macron was declared the winner with a solid 66% of the vote. …


Jem Walker

Politics nerd.

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