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French Election

April 19, 2017

In the final week before the critical battle for second place in the first round, it remains a tight race, with Macron and Le Pen just barely ahead of Melenchon and Fillon by a polling margin of error.

First article below is on the significance of the parliamentary elections which follow the presidential election – the lack of a clear favorite among the electorate will return to inconvenience the winner of the Presidency.  Second article is an interesting profile of the candidates for more color – given how little detail we get in US media. Both authors obviously have their favorites.

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/france-presidential-election-political-revolution-by-zaki-laidi-2017-04

https://www.jacobinmag.com/2017/04/france-insoumise-elections-melenchon-le-pen-national-front-macron-socialist-party/

 

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