How Far-Right Gains Make French Vote Harder to Call: QuickTake

France’s presidential elections often throw up surprising twists, and this time is no exception. Things appeared to be going Emmanuel Macron’s way after Russia invaded Ukraine in late February, shifting the focus away from domestic politics and playing to his image as a safe pair of hands in uncertain times. But a late surge by far-right nationalist Marine Le Pen has narrowed the odds ahead of the first round of voting on Sunday. If Macron does prevail, as the polls suggest he will, he’d be the

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