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A middle way forward for a divided France? Macron voters hope so.

Emmanuel Macron, the current favorite to be elected France's next president, is offering voters both the sort of economic deregulation that right favors and the pro-Europe safety net espoused by the left. But critics say he is just another elitist politician.

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France has a well-earned reputation for being quick to protest over everything from labor laws to Uber to increasing the age of retirement.