Unlike most, conservative leaders in Austria and the United Kingdom can afford to appease reactionary voters.
The new president elevates centrists from the two major parties who supported him in the election.
Both the Republicans and Socialists are divided three ways. Many lawmakers do not even seek reelection.
That would mean emphasizing social, as opposed to economic, issues and learning to leave with the EU.
France has an advantage over the United States: its two-round system allows third parties to thrive without playing spoiler.
Marine Le Pen is seen as part of the same populist backlash that led a majority of British voters to support Brexit.
The centrist former economy minister defeats the leader of the National Front, Marine Le Pen, in the presidential runoff.
Both presidential candidates have criticized France’s cozy relations with the Persian Gulf state.
Refusing to vote for an uninspiring social democrat and ending up with a xenophobe. Sound familiar?
The same urban-rural and educational splits we saw with Brexit and the election of Donald Trump appear in France.
If a President Emmanuel Macron struggles to implement his reform agenda, the far right could rise again.
France’s traditional parties have failed to adapt to a shift in the political landscape that is happening across Europe.