French presidential run-off ‘will be very challenging for Macron’
11 April 2022 | 1:36 pm
Just like in 2017, French President Emmanuel Macron and his far-right rival Marine Le Pen will be facing each other in this year's presidential run-off. Many pollsters are predicting a tight race on April 24. Macron faces a serious challenge and needs to do more than simply tell people to vote for him in order to defeat Le Pen. That's the view of our guest Andrew Smith, a senior lecturer in contemporary French history and politics at Chichester University. He joined us for Perspective.
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