By now, everyone knows about the French presidential election, which saw the far-right leader Marine Le Pen and the centrist Emmanuel Macron take to the polls to replace Francois Hollande.
Le Pen has gained support by calling for France to exit the euro and by accusing Macron of being a liar, a fraud, and a terrorist.
But what about the rest of the country?
Can the left retake power?
The question of whether the French left will have a shot at a second round is in some ways irrelevant, says Thomas Fennell, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.
“It is not a question of if, it is when.
France’s system is so fragmented that the question is not whether the left will win or lose the next election.
It is whether the system will function well for the next few years, and if so, what will happen in those years.”
The election of Marine Le Guén, a centrist who is currently leading in opinion polls, has shown that the country is still grappling with how the economy works.
Le Guen has vowed to keep France out of the euro, which would mean a more aggressive policy toward the eurozone.
Le Pens’ candidacy, meanwhile, is largely focused on the question of what to do about immigration and crime.
The question of France’s future is one that has not been answered definitively.
And in the end, what does all of this mean for the future of the left?
Fennell argues that the next general election, scheduled for 2022, is going to be a key election in determining what kind of left-wing government emerges in France.
“What has happened in the last decade is that the French political system has been increasingly fragmented, the parties that were left and right have been able to consolidate,” Fennel says.
“That fragmentation is what led to Le Pen’s rise and Macron’s rise.”
The next election will be a critical one.
It will decide whether the political parties will form a left or a right-wing coalition, and whether it will work to create a sustainable economy.
It also will determine whether Le Pen or Macron wins a majority government, or whether the current system is sustainable.
In order to answer these questions, Fennill says, the next elections should be an important test for the left.
“We can say that the left’s chances of winning are low, but there are some areas where they are better off than others,” he says.
For example, the left could try to form a minority government to replace Hollande, which, in theory, would give the party a chance to form government.
“The next election would be a test of whether Le Pens is able to win the elections, or if Macron can.”
Fenn, who also serves as the director of the Center for European Policy Analysis at Georgetown University, says that there is no doubt that the political system in France has become increasingly fragmented.
He notes that France has witnessed a rise in populism, a new form of nationalism, and the rise of the far right, which is increasingly threatening the French government.
The left should be looking at what it can do to address these threats, and in doing so, the party should be trying to develop new ideas, Finnell says.
The country has become much more complex and polarized, and it is only a matter of time before that complexity and polarization continue.
“I think the left is really in a bit of a bind.
It’s trying to form its own government, which has led to the fragmentation of the political landscape.
So, to some extent, the future looks grim for the country,” Finnill says.
Fennill thinks that, despite the general election results, the election of Le Guéna is going be a sign that France is starting to recover.
“I think it is a good thing that this is happening, because it means that the system has finally stabilized, and people have begun to trust the institutions,” he adds.
But Fennels doubts that Le Guèna will be able to restore confidence in the country’s political system.
“When we saw that [François] Hollande was elected, the French people were very skeptical about the democratic process.
I think this election gave the impression that we’re in a stable system, but I’m not sure it is,” he said.
“There’s a lot of uncertainty in France, and I think that the economy will suffer, but it’s very important to keep in mind that the election didn’t lead to the end of the system, and that there’s a long way to go.
We need to keep the pressure on to get things right.”
Fennells comments echo the sentiments of a recent article published in the French newspaper Le Monde.
The article said that while France’s economy was doing very well, there was still a lot to be done.
“People still have a lot work to do,” the article read.
“And that’s why we need to make the best of the situation.”