The four key lessons for France from the US election

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Though Joe Biden won a knife-edge victory in the United States presidential election the Democrats suffered heavy defeats in other electoral contests. Mediapart's co-founder François Bonnet argues that despite his defeat the huge voter turnout for Donald Trump serves as a reminder that the extreme populist right can only be beaten by alternative political projects that focus on citizens and concrete actions on the ground. Here he outlines four lessons from the US elections for European countries - and in particular France.

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Trumpism cannot be washed away with lukewarm water. That is the main lesson from the American presidential election. Yes, Joe Biden was elected as the 46th United States president. But this knife-edge victory, at the end of an election notable for the highest turnout since 1900, was also accompanied by numerous defeats for the Democratic Party in other contests.