Jun 17, 2022

France gears up for new battle: Macron v Mélenchon

There were times, during the elections here five years ago, when President Emmanuel Macron would sound almost messianic about the potential of his political party and his project for France. Last Sunday, a new green-left alliance finished neck and neck with Mr Macron's allies in the first round of voting. It's the kind of zeal that gripped Mr Macron's candidates last time. Five years ago it was Mr Macron's allies who led the first round of voting in most of the region's constituencies; now Mr Mélenchon's candidates are leading in 80% of them. These 577 mini-elections across France can sometimes feel like one giant battle between two personalities: Mélenchon and Macron.

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