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European Elections Underscore a Divided France
1st lines: PARIS — IN THE aftermath of last weekend's elections for the European Parliament, the political landscape here in France and across the continent has shifted, experts say, with the surprising showing of the Green parties here and in other countries symbolic of a public turning away from traditional centrist political parties. Such a voter endorsement may impact climate change policies in France and throughout Europe, which could in turn risk inciting and re-energizing the populist Yellow Vest movement, political observers here say. Already, pundits have noted that the election results are evidence of an increasingly divided France. However, voter turnout in the country for the European Union elections was the highest in 24 years — evidence of a growing understanding that the European Parliament plays an important role in people's daily lives, say analysts.