French media mogul Bolloré and his platform for the far-right

To one degree or another, behind the two far-right and one mainsteam Right candidates in France's presidential elections is media mogul Vincent Bolloré, 70, scion of an old industrial family, whose outlets, known for adopting the flair, tics and style of Fox News, play an outsize role in directing the national political debate, writes Harrison Stetler in an opinion article for The New York Times.

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Like the rest of Europe, France is gripped by the war in Ukraine. Days from the first round of the presidential election here, the incumbent, Emmanuel Macron, hopes to prevail with what was, for much of the last two months, a muted campaign in which he posed as a steady hand in a time of global instability, writes Harrison Stetler in this opinion article for The New York Times.