The same urban-rural and educational splits we saw with Brexit and the election of Donald Trump appear in France.
Nick Ottens is an author and political analyst from the Netherlands who specializes in political trends in Europe and North America. He owns and edits the Atlantic Sentinel and was formerly a Europe correspondent for The Prague Post and a project manager for the Wikistrat consultancy.
Social democrats lose when they try to be all things to all people. Better to side with the progressive middle class.
France’s traditional parties have failed to adapt to a shift in the political landscape that is happening across Europe.
The French leftist’s views are much more extreme than the American’s.
Leadership battles continue to mar the nationalist party while the abating refugee crisis has taken the wind out of its sails.
American and British writers have a tendency to project own their doubts about the EU on the people living in it.
The prime minister calls for an early election despite earlier rejecting the need for one.
The president has reversed himself on major international issues, but he could just as easily change his mind again.
Jean-Luc Mélenchon climbs in the polls at the expense of the mainstream Socialist Party.
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has already made Turkey into an autocratic state. Now he wants even more power.
Any deal with Mariano Rajoy would be unpopular in Catalonia, but voting against him could be unpopular nationwide.
A look at the policies of the five presidential candidates in France reveals that left-right divisions have become less relevant.