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Coronavirus has already shifted Macron to the left—and the UK could soon follow

On the surface, tighter borders and export restrictions may look like a coup for right-wing populism. But countries like France are already moving leftward—and they won't be the last

By Cécile Guerin  

Macron looks to the left as Coronavirus poses dire challenges for French society. Photo: Liewig Christian/ABACA/ABACA/PA Images

“We are at war—a sanitary war for sure. We are not fighting an army, or another nation. But the enemy is here, invisible, elusive, advancing. And it requires everyone’s mobilisation.” These were the martial words President Macron delivered to the nation in a prime-time televised address on 16th March in response to the growing crisis of coronavirus. A record 35 million viewers listened in.

In his speech, Macron announced a raft of drastic measures aimed…

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