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Macron was France’s last great hope. Is that all lost?

Emmanuel Macron swept to the French presidency in 2017, seemingly out of nowhere and with large grassroots support. The irony may not be lost on the 40-year-old former banker that his new political foe, the “gilets jaunes” (or “yellow vest”) movement, came to prominence in a similar way — without the help or influence of France’s usual institutions of power, the unions, the associations or the traditional political parties.

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