1.Stagnation, both political and economic, has been the hallmark of a country where little has changed for decades, even as power has rotated between the established parties of left and right.
2.The implications of these insurgencies are hard to exaggerate.
3.The resulting realignment will have reverberations far beyond France’s borders. It could revitalize the European Union, or wreck it.
4.Further fueling voter’s anger is their anguish at the state of France.
5.Its vast state, which absorbs 57% of GDP, has sapped the country’s vitality.
6.If she pulls France out of the euro, it would trigger a financial crisis and doom a union that, for all its flaws, has promoted peace and prosperity in Europe for six decades.