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How Ukraine has strengthened Emmanuel Macron

Russia’s invasion has made it hard for rival candidates to get noticed.

As Russia continues its attack in Ukraine, the French election has featured little in news coverage and the public consciousness. Will this help Emmanuel Macron’s hopes of winning re-election?

In this episode of France Elects, Ido Vock gets the latest polling from the New Statesman’s data guru Ben Walker, and then speaks to Catherine Fieschi, the director of Counterpoint, and the Paris-based journalist John Lichfield about how the campaign is unfolding.

They discuss whether Macron is all but assured victory, and whether the left-wing candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s recent surge could make him a surprise for the run-off.

You can read all our coverage of the French election at

Further reading: 

Who will win the French presidential election?
Europe enters a brave new world.
Emmanuel Macron bids to win by positioning himself as Europe’s elder statesman.

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