'A man of power like the others': what voters think of Macron after Benalla affair

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“The Macron supporters from the area? They've all gone to La Baule!” is the reaction, referring to the upmarket resort on France's Atlantic coast. It was certainly hard to find them when Mediapart visited the affluent city centre of Le Mans in central western France one Thursday in early August. The junk mail piled up on the doorsteps in Rue Prémartine were testament to the fact that the local inhabitants had gone off on holiday. There was just Alain, who had a sun hat on and was patiently painting his top shutters white. The retired literature teacher says, a tad ironically: “Everyone's gone to the coast. The classic bourgeoisie: a pied-à-terre in Paris and another at the seaside!”