A Ringing Endorsement for Marine Le Pen

This just might be the most ringing endorsement yet!

Reuters:

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.

Approximately 90% of the French populace disapproves of Hollande. History teaches us that when the French become greatly upset over the government, the pendulum swings in the opposite direction.

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!

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