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Nationalism and Elections in France

March 16, 2017 The country faces a weakened position and stagnant economy ahead of upcoming elections.

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French presidential elections are a useful barometer for understanding France’s domestic position. Historically, France turns inward in moments of crisis, and after a period of chaos emerges unified and stronger. France is currently at the beginning of an inward turn. The country’s strategic position is weak, its economy is stagnant, and its society is divided. The surge of support for the National Front is a symptom of that division and not a cause of instability. National Front presidential candidate Marine Le Pen does not have...

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