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Two years that changed France
in Emmanuel Macron and the two years that changed France
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The introduction discusses various challenges facing France’s political institutions and party system on the eve of the country’s 2017 presidential election. It presents the specifically French angle of the more general phenomenon of rising mistrust in political institutions and political parties and the capacity of political leadership to restore trust. It reviews these phenomena through the prisms of institutional adaptation, political and party competition and changing public opinion. The period of observation lay in and around the 2017 French presidential and parliamentary elections. The introduction provides an overview of the challenged institutional order of the Fifth Republic, the crisis of existing political parties and the threat posed by new movements. It concludes with Macron’s election as president and the accompanying claim that France is back.

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