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2017 French Election

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On April 23rd, an election was held in France. No one won, so there has to be a runoff between the top two candidates. Here’s who’s-who in the situation.

 

To start, we have Emmanuel Macron. A former investment banker, he is a major player in French politics. When he resigned from the government in 2016, it was speculated for months that he had planned to run in the election. He finally announced his candidacy in late 2016. He holds centrist-left views, meaning he leans democratically. Macron is the favorite to win the election, but his opponent won’t go down without a fight.

 

Macron’s opponent in the runoff, Marine Le Pen, is a member of the French political party National Front. The National Front is a nationalist party, focusing on France less dependent on its fellow members of the European Union. The Nationalist Front was founded by Marine’s father, Jean-Marie Le Pen. He was well known for his controversial views, such as placing HIV positive people in a special place, separated from society. Another one of his outlandish claims was concerning the truth of the holocaust, which he was fined for (Holocaust denial is a crime in France, as well as in many other places in Europe). Marine shares many of her father’s views, such as a hard stance on immigration, or France leaving the European Union.

 

As you may have noticed, Marine Le Pen seems to have some similarities to another politician who was elected recently, the President of the United States, Donald Trump. As a matter of fact, many Trump supporters online are encouraging Le Pen to win the French election, because of how similar her views are to his.

 

Overall, you should take a close look at both candidates and their opinions/policies before you make a final decision on who you support. This election could decide the fate of not just France, but the European Union and even the world.

 

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2017 French Election