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In France’s vote, pocket issues eclipse nationalism vs. globalism

The 2017 French presidential election was a turning point for Western politics, fought not along traditional lines of left and right, but over national identity, immigration and international institutions such as the common currency. of Europe, the euro. It pits “patriots” against “globalists,” as National Front candidate Marine Le Pen put it, or “closed” against “open,” in the words of centrist Emmanuel Macron.

The globalists won that round, with Mr Macron beating Ms Le Pen by 32 percentage points. The rematch is on Sunday, and the result looks much closer, with polls putting Mr Macron’s lead in the single digits.