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This article originally appeared in The Telegraph.
France’s Presidential election is now a tale of two insurgents. In one corner, Marine Le Pen, who has steadily cultivated populist anger against immigration, and the austerity that comes with maintenance of the Euro. In the other, Emmanuel Macron, a former minister and behind the scenes operator who chanced his arm by launching En Marche!, a Presidential campaign masquerading as a formal political party.
Victory in the second round runoff will hinge on the candidates’ ability to expand their base of support. Doing so will not be easy. Over 50 per cent of voters opted for other candidates in the first round, setting up a titanic battle for the backing of undecided voters in the coming days. Macron will seek to reach out to moderate socialists and republicans, whilst Le Pen will attempt to lure conservatives angered by the effects of globalisation, as well as left-wing voters searching for radical economic change.
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