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That would make sense if he sees his main first round challenge coming from LR. Every vote he takes from them is worth two as it decreases their vote and increases his. However he will also need some soft left votes for the second round against - presumably - Le Pen. So he should avoid antagonising the left unduly - unless he thinks his liberal/centrist vote will be sufficient to defeat Le Pen without soft left support.

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