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Is there room for an En Marche! in Britain?

May’s meeting with Macron today serves as a stark reminder of the vacant centre ground in British politics. The French President has proven what’s possible—and while it’s unlikely to be exactly emulated over here, there are several lessons we can draw

By Paddy Ashdown  

The PM with French President Emmanuel Macron in May. The two will meet again today. Photo: MaxPPP/Maxppp/PA Images

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” The opening lines of Charles Dickens’s great book about London and Paris during the French Revolution seem peculiarly appropriate this morning, as Theresa May drags her battered authority to meet newly triumphant French President Emmanuel Macron in a desperate bid to show that, despite her self-inflicted defeat, it is still “business as usual” in the Downing Street bunker.

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