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Our Focus programme brings you exclusive reports from around the world. From Monday to Friday at 7.45 am Paris time.

Latest update : 2016-12-22

A climate of political defiance in run up to France's 2017 presidential election

After the victory of Donald Trump and Brexit yea-sayers – has the time now come also for France’s Marine Le Pen? Pleased by the outcome in the US presidential election, the French far right is enjoying a similar phenomenon: The rejection of traditional parties and, more generally, the political elite as a whole. Some citizens' movements are now trying to gain control and invent new ways of doing politics. Our reporters went to find out more about the political forces vying for voters' attention.

A programme prepared by Elom Marcel Toble and Jessica Sestili.

By Jonathan WALSH , Adel GASTEL , Josh VARDEY

Our guests

David LEES

Professor of French politics at Warwick University



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