About that populist wave.
For months, the international press framed the French presidential contest as confirmation the forces that brought Brexit and Donald Trump were ascendant.
Some of the frothier analysis was based simply on the assumption that because the UK and the US took populists turns, the rest of the world would follow. Mike Allen, the author of a widely read morning newsletter aimed at Washington insiders, circulated an opinion that nationalist Marine Le Pen had a better than 50 per cent chance of winning partly because of the “rule of threes.”
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