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Opinion by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – In a remark erroneously attributed to former French President Charles de Gaulle, Brazil, unlike France, “is not a serious country”. When one turns to France today, however, one begins to wonder, for there are striking parallels with Brazil.

France’s president, François Hollande, had approval ratings so low he decided not to run for re-election. Brazil’s current president, Michel Temer, has approval ratings almost as dismal, and is not going to run for re-election in 2018.

France will hold the first round of its presidential elections this Sunday . . .

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