France gripped by socio-economic, medical and cultural crises

Country ‘unravelling’ say generals in open letter as Macron looks to May 2022 election

Thousands of people have taken part in traditional May Day protests across France despite ongoing Covid-19 restrictions. Video: Reuters

One year before the French presidential election, the most plausible scenario is that President Emmanuel Macron will win re-election after defeating the far-right leader Marine Le Pen, who was already his adversary four years ago.

But if there is a lesson to be learned from the last two decades, it is that predictions in French presidential contests are more often wrong than right.

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