World: The Nation in Miniature

The small, cheerful town of Briare lies some hundred miles south of Paris on the Loire River. Briare boasts the largest and most modern pheasant farm in all France and a sprinkling of diverse industry: a tile factory, a plant making laboratory instruments, another producing furniture. Briare's real distinction, however, is invisible. In the past six national elections, the men and women of Briare have voted within a few percentage points of the entire French nation. To attempt to discover how Briare will vote in the April 27 referendum, TIME Correspondent John Blashill...

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