Local elections strike hard at Macron in France

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PARIS – President Emmanuel Macron’s party suffered a series of losses in municipal elections across France on Sunday, raising doubts about the long-term survival of a political movement built around the French leader.

The contests marked the first time that Macron’s party, Republic on the Move, has run candidates for local elections, which play a major role in securing the future of a political party in France. Local offices are used to prepare political talent on the national scene, and they provide an alternative to presidential candidates …

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