France

France broke the two-party rule, why can't we?

France broke the two-party rule, why can't we?

In 2016, 38-year-old Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron and his allies formed a new political party in France. Calling themselves En Marche, roughly “on the move,” the party sought to renew political life by breaking the stranglehold of two largely do-nothing parties — Socialist or Republican — that the French people had become sick of and considered dysfunctional, stale and periodically corrupt.

A year later, Mr. Macron was elected president and hailed by one commentator as “a different kind of rebel… [who] promises a new politics that ditches divisions between the left and the right.” Indeed, Mr. Macron attracted Socialist and Republican voters, and he later appointed...

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