French Front-Runner Doesn’t Care If Reforms Make Voters Hate Him

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Juppe arrives at a campaign meeting on Oct. 19 in Rennes, France. Photographer: Loic Venance/AFP/Getty Images

For two decades, the French wine capital of Bordeaux was a giant construction site, and its residents blamed Mayor Alain Juppe.

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