What Emmanuel Macron’s snap polls could mean for France and Europe

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French President Emmanuel Macron is nothing if not a gambler. It may be recalled that he stormed to power in 2017 by taking a huge risk: He set up a new party which he claimed belonged neither to the left nor the right and in so doing, hollowed out the traditional left and the right parties in France. In many ways, the chickens are coming home to roost for Macron. The present political landscape in France, therefore, has virtually no space for moderation. Macron’s main reforms, like the ones on pensionable age, have been extremely unpopular. Remember also the mass...