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Postwar policy failures lead to rise of French extremism

Discontent on the right and left are traced to Algerian war, big government

French presidential election candidate Marie Le Pen speaks at a rally in Marseille on May 7, 2017. == Photo by Getty/Kyodo

LONDON -- Extremism is on the march in France. Two of the four leading candidates in the first round of the country's presidential elections on Sunday are populists -- one on the right and one on the left. The policies of both can be traced to the past, and the presence of either raises questions as to why extremism is gaining traction in such a democratic country.

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