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How long can the centre hold?

The great disillusioned are turning right, not left



By Kumail Jaffer  
The left on the March at the poorly attended 2017 May Day protests. © Sameer Rahim

The left on the March at the poorly attended 2017 May Day protests. © Sameer Rahim

The French Election had all the ingredients to create a political shock. An underdog running on a nationalist, anti-immigrant, anti-austerity ticket, against a pro-European, centrist, ex-investment banker. In the end Emmanuel Macron, the centrist, won the vote comfortably. Some have seen this as a vindication of centrist liberalism, which over the last two years has taken such…

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