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Emmanuel Macron: candidate for a country at a crossroads

He is a French anti-Trump. But he is making the running

By Christine Ockrent   March 2017

Heart on the left, when it's not on the right—Emmanuel Macron ©Bony/Sipa/Rex/Shutterstock

The French political scene is scattered with corpses.

Two presidents and two former prime ministers have been brutally ousted from the presidential contest. Nicolas Sarkozy believed French conservatives missed him—they kicked him out in the first round of their primaries. The sitting president, François Hollande, came to the obvious conclusion he stood no chance, and so at new year gloomily announced he wouldn’t run again. The French just shrugged. His prime minister, Manuel Valls, after pushing him…

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