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Steve LeVine May 7, 2017
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France embraces an insider-outsider

Macron (AP/Christophe Ena)

The French are decidedly upset with their establishment politicians. But, given a chance to go the way of the British and Americans and utterly change the system, they have resolutely decided to let the establishment work things out the traditional way.

Driving the narrative: In five weeks, the French will be asked in parliamentary elections whether to give their new president, Emmanuel Macron, a working majority to lead the country out of its economic malaise and ambivalence toward open borders. But Macron's 65% to 35% trouncing of far-right nationalist Marine Le Pen categorically disrupted what had seemed an inexorable Western rejection of seven decades of trans-Atlantic, work-together politics.