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Amiens – a cacophony of voices

On the day of the French election, we report from Macron's gentil northern French hometown to see what residents there make of the local boy.

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Amiens – a cacophony of voices

On the day of the French election, we report from Macron's gentil northern French hometown to see what residents there make of the local boy.

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

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