This just might be the most ringing endorsement yet!
Outgoing French President Francois Hollande said in European newspaper interviews published on Monday that his “ultimate duty” was to prevent a victory of far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen in this year’s election.
“My ultimate duty is to make sure that France is not won over by such a programme, and that France does not bear such a heavy responsibility,” said Hollande of the risk of a Le Pen victory in the election.
But the 2010s are not quite the 1780s. The French election structure is such that if no candidate obtains 50% of the vote, the top two vote-getters head to a run-off election. The thinking is that most will flock to the liberal Emmanuel Macron if (or when?) it comes down to him and Le Pen.
Mark your calendars: the first round of voting takes place on April 23, with the potential run-off on May 7.
P.S. Dutch elections are next Wednesday, March 15. It’s anyone’s game!