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“Centrist” Macron faces populist, anti-open borders Le Pen on May 7 Runoff

“Centrist” Macron faces populist, anti-open borders Le Pen on May 7 Runoff

Will nationalistic surge take French presidency?

Centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron and Front National’s Marine Le Pen have qualified for the second round in the French presidential election securing 23.7 and 21.7 percent of votes respectively, French news agency AFP reports. Conservative François Fillon conceded defeat after getting 19.5 percent of the votes. Fillon endorsed Macron and called his supporters to vote for his rival in the final round.

A fact that should cheer liberals and feminists alike: with today’s result, France is just one step away from getting its first female president.

According to French election rules, if none of the candidates get 50 percent of the vote in the first round then the top two candidates have to face each other in a run-off.

These results are based on early projections and final tally may vary, but going by most projections, Le Pen is set to face Macron in the run-off scheduled for May 7.

French broadcaster France 24 writes:

Centrist Emmanuel Macron will face off against far-right Marine Le Pen in the second round of France’s presidential election, projections showed Sunday, making him clear favourite to emerge as the country’s youngest leader in modern history.

Macron was projected to win between 23 and 24 percent in Sunday’s first round, slightly ahead of National Front (FN) leader Le Pen with between 21.6 and 23 percent, according to estimates on public television.

Dutch politician Geert Wilders congratulated Le Pen, tweeting, “Long live the victory!” and “Marine Le Pen President!”

Socialist Benoît Hamon, who got just over 6 percent of the vote, took responsibility for the electoral drubbing calling it a ‘historic’ defeat. It still remains to be seen if Hamon will endorse Macron and convince the voters on the French left-fringe to support an establishment candidate.

In next month’s run-off European mainstream media and political establishment will undoubetedly rally behind Macron with the sole purpose of preventing Le Pen from winning the race. However, Marcon’s victory depends on his ability to win over liberal and leftist voters.

If enough left-leaning voters stay home — like Bernie Sanders’ supporters in the U.S. presidential election — or opt for Front National’s social policies or its anti-EU agenda, Le Pen could come out victorious in the final round of presidential vote.

Live coverage of French presidential vote (France 24)

[Cover image via France24, Youtube]

[Editor’s note (FS):  Watch Macron’s address to his supporters:]

[Editor’s note (FS):  Watch Le Pen’s address to her supporters]


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I am quite fed up that the media and left always portray LePen (and others) as “far right”.
What is so far right about wanting to save your country and culture?!

    fscarn in reply to lc. | April 23, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    When your life’s motto is “All within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state” (Mussolini, who stated that as a proxy for every totalitarian regardless of where in the world, regardless of when in time), there’s everything in the world wrong & “far right” with that sentiment.

    Given the corruption of the so-called ‘media,’ I’m surprised you are pondering that.

    Who cares if the corrupt democrat media blabs on that Marine is considered ‘far’ anything?

      notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to | April 24, 2017 at 10:47 am


      Also note that the amount of difference between the two front runners’ % is statistically insignificant (imo).

      “Le Pen is mightier than the Macaroon cookie!”

By American standards, all the French candidates, including LePen, are leftists. LePen is a nationalist, which can fit on either end of the left-right scale.

But then, according to the MSM, Obama and Clinton and Bernie are centrists, so…

Stated otherwise, two 20%+ candidates face off.

European “far right” is still “left” as seen from America.

The European version of the left-right dichotomy is between what used to be called “internationalists” (but now more often called “globalists”) somewhat arbitrarily assigned to the “left”, and the “nationalists”, relegated to the “right”.

The American split is primarily along different lines, causing a bit of confusion.

Pro-life here, there, everywhere.

Confront CAIR (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Immigration Reform) and other ens of social justice adventurism, including elective regime changes, trial by sodomy and abortion, redistribitive change.

Counter the global progress of anti-nativism.

Tear down the walls of Planned Parenthood.

End Cecile the medical cannibal experiments.

We have to thank the disaster of Obama for this.
Apparently, the world does not share the same opinion of the low-life than a small number of corrupt ‘journalists’ wiping his ass for him do.

Le Pen is a socialist and anti-all-religions, not just Islam. By US standards she’s far left.

inspectorudy | April 24, 2017 at 1:19 am

I am not a big fan of Le Pen but Macron telling his people to basically get used to terror in the streets would not be someone I would ever vote for. Telling them that they could expect higher taxes for a while to pay off the debt is one thing, but to tell them that terrorism is here to stay is unbelievable! I predict Le Pen in a squeaker.

Macron is described here as a centrist when in fact he is another progressive.

The election of Pres. Trump, has given rise to other countries, that the ” isms,” are not going to overrun the world.

So, it would appear that there at least 20% of the population of France that is French…
Are they 80% over-run?

They were at one time nearly having to speak German.
Now what… German AND Arabic???
Then they could complain in three languages.

Macron is a Social Democrat, which means Progressive. At least he promised to reduce corporate taxes.

The Republicans just endorsed “open borders” Macron, so they are history.

Europe needs the collapse of the Euro to knock some sense into the voters.