Macron takes sharp Right-turn as re-election bid approaches

Originally a hybrid of centre-left and soft conservative, French President Emmanuel Macron has tacked rightward over the past year, cracking down on Islamism and talking tough on identity politics and law and order, observes The Times.

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French presidential elections, with their two-round system, are tough to forecast but you can place a safe bet on the next one, only nine months away: the new president will hail from a dysfunctional party on the right, writes The Times Paris correspondent Charles Bremner.