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Facing tough vote, France’s Macron dangles anti-inflation sweeteners

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By Leigh Thomas PARIS (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron is banking on a new package of inflation-busting sweeteners for voters to secure a majority in legislative elections this month being fought over households’ squeezed purchasing power. With rampant inflation driving up the cost of living and eroding wages, Macron is struggling to build on his re-election success, finding himself on the defensive against a left-wing alliance led by hard-left firebrand Jean-Luc Melenchon. At stake in the two-round vote on June 12 and 19 is the centrist Macron’s capacity to govern with a free hand…

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