Le Pen and Macron to Go Head-to-Head in Run-Off Election

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.

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