European elections: Fizz goes out of Emmanuel Macron’s European dream in France’s champagne capital

With the clock ticking before Sunday’s EU elections in France, Reims, the country’s champagne capital, is an unlikely bellwether for a bitter duel between President Emmanuel Macron and his far-Right nemesis, Marine Le Pen.

Yet with the two rivals running neck and neck in polls, the pretty provincial eastern town with its famed cathedral and bias for bubbly mirrors the national mood in more ways than one.

For a start, Reims voted almost precisely like the country as a whole in the first round of France presidential elections in 2017, placing Mr Macron slightly ahead of his far-Right opponent on 24 per cent to her 22. He would go on to trounce her in the run-off.

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