Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen have made it to the Second Round of the French Presidential Elections, and as the picture above shows, some French don’t seem too content with the results. They decided to vandalise a historical and symbolic monument. Because that’s the most mature thing one could do to express their dissatisfaction.
Ipsos predict that Macron would lead with roughly 24% and Le Pen would follow closely with around 21%. Unsurprisingly, the official results released by the Minister of the Interior today reflect the expectations: Macron got 24.0% of the total votes whereas Le Pen gathered 21.3%. The polls for the second round are already online and they are largely in favour of Macron, who is predicted to win the key to the Élysée.
What could a France with Le Pen and a France with Macron be like, though?
Le Pen is very keen on negotiating with the EU, on whether France still belongs in it or not; with one of her campaign promises being taking off the European Union flag from public buildings. She had time to rectify her agenda, since 2012, when she also run for President. She broke the record for the Front National in that election, but didn’t get past the first round. Le Pen is promising a safer France; in fact, she wants to step out of the Schengen Area and reestablish border checks. She wants to form a single anti-terrorism police force. She plans to reduce the taxes, perhaps in order to re-industrialise France, through which, there would be more job opportunities.
“Multiculturalism is the soft weapon of Islamic fundamentalists, which is allowed by useful idiots under the guise of tolerance.” – Le Pen.
On the other hand, there’s Emmanuel Macron, who resigned from his position of Minister of the Economy to spread his wings … and signed up for the Presidential race. The ambitious candidate wants to abolish the Residence Tax for 80% of the population, a promise that mayors around the country have looked down upon. Macron seems to be the more favoured one out of the two; with the now knocked out Fillon telling his supporters to vote for the political novice in the second round as opposed to the far-right Le Pen. However, despite creating his own movement, En Marche!, many argue that Macron is just trying to resurrect the PS – ie: the French socialist party.
“I want to be the president of patriots against the threat of nationalists.” – Macron
Macron or Le Pen? The EU or Frexit? The French will elect their seventh President of the Fifth Republic on Sunday 7th May 2017, the second and final round of the elections. Until then, we can only speculate.