Saturday February 22, 2020

Letter from Paris: Today’s winner will inherit a fragmented France

In their own way, both Macron and Le Pen have tapped into something. A desire for change

7th May, 2017
Emmanuel Macron PIc: Getty

I’m a blow-in in Paris: fresh, enthusiastic and still tripping over my very foreign feet in awe of the city’s beauty. At language classes, in rooms brimming with other new arrivals, politics is an avoided topic. The tutor steers us to safer ground, a wise course perhaps in a group of such varied nationality.

Politics is always a divisive topic, not least in a France that’s redrawing its political landscape....

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