France’s Political Landscape Just Got More Complicated

France’s Political Landscape Just Got More Complicated
Election campaign posters advertising the regional election in Saint Jean de Luz, France, June 25, 2021 (AP photo by Bob Edme).

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This week I’m bringing you the Weekly Wrap-Up from Paris, where I’m visiting for the first time since February 2020. It’s also the first time I’ve traveled since that trip, and it brought back vivid memories of my arrival 16 months ago at Charles de Gaulle airport, particularly the electronic panel above the baggage claim carousel advising anyone having recently traveled to China to visit a doctor if they came down with a fever or a cough.

Suffice it to say, a lot has changed since then. Face masks are still visible on the streets, although they are no longer compulsory as of a week before my arrival. There are also more bicycles in the streets and more traffic lanes exclusively dedicated to them than before.

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