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Macron kickstarts re-election campaign as Le Pen gains ground | France

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The French president Emmanuel Macron is aiming to kickstart his re-election campaign this week with walkabouts outside Paris and a big rally in the capital, after the diplomatic pressures of the war in Ukraine limited his canvassing at home – leading to a dip in the polls and worries of a low turn-out.

Macron, 44, is hoping next month to be the first French president to win re-election in 20 years, but he has recently dropped two to three points in the polls as the gap between him and the far-right candidate Marine Le Pen narrows. While he remains favourite, the next 10 days of campaigning are seen as fraught and risky amid anger over the cost of living, disillusionment with the level of campaign debate and politics in general.

“I adore rallies but let’s be clear-headed – I can’t do many!” Macron recently said on TV, explaining that he had instead been at international summits and engaged in diplomacy on Ukraine. “No one would understand if…

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