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Why French Presidents (nearly) always get a kicking

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As the second round of the presidential election approaches in two weeks, one man is taking a predictable kicking from France’s notoriously but predictably grumpy electorate. The President. He is the victim of  what is called dégagisme – a marked reticence to re-elect a standing President. Or defenestration, in less genteel times. Change in France is infinitely preferable to a rest. If Macron wins on Sunday April 24 he will be the first to win re-election in 20 years. This podcast from The Economist gets to grips with Gallic buggerishness with admirable clarity.


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