Polarization Wins in Macron’s France

Polarization Wins in Macron’s FranceAfter months of street protests against his economic reforms and his perceived detachment from the problems of regular French people, Macron’s progressive pro-European party came in second place in Sunday’s European Parliament elections, with an okay-ish 22% of the vote. The big surprise of the night came from the Greens, who came in third. What’s remarkable here is how badly the establishment center-left and center-right parties did – their combined score of around 15% was only slightly higher than the Greens’ – and how much identity politics has replaced traditional economic fault-lines in the French electorate.

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