Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen were the top two vote-getters in today’s French presidential election. Since no one received more than 50%, the winner will be decided in a run-off election on Sunday, May 7. That’s two weeks from today.
If you’ve followed the French election, you probably saw this result coming from a mile away. But it’s historic nonetheless. Le Pen’s candidacy represents the continuing rise of populist nationalism in the West. And although Macron may be a more moderate liberal, he’s an “outsider” in that he broke off from the establishment Socialist Party to become an independent and eventually found En Marche!
As much as I want Le Pen to win, it simply won’t happen. Every party has implored their supporters to vote for Macron. But if the status quo hasn’t changed much after a few years, expect even greater support for Le Pen and Front National by the next election.