THE FRENCH ELECTIONS: Macron and Le Pen.

With a little less than a week to go until the final round of the French elections, there are a few things that are primordial to discuss.

To begin with, Emmanuel Macron leads the polls (IPSOS) with an average of sixty (60) percent against forty (40) percent for Marine Le Pen.

Secondly, Le Pen seems to be trying to disassociate herself as much as possible from her right-wing party; she’s stepped down as Front National chairwoman to focus on her campaign. Furthermore, Le Pen isn’t having much luck with the clearing of the anti-semitic reputation of the FN, caused by her father, with the ephemeral party leader Jean-Francois Jalkh having to resign from his newly granted position over controversial comments regarding the Holocaust back in April 2000. Undoubtedly, it’s looked down upon anyone who questions the authenticity of such a horrific event and the testimonials of the courageous survivors. I mean, how dare he put a question mark on the purpose of Zyklon B – a cyanide-based pesticide.


 


 

Additionally, Macron, who claims to be a pro-EU centrist, keeps on contradicting himself, this time by agreeing with Madame Le Pen, that if the European Union does not reform, it should be confronted with Frexit. Moreover, the outgoing President Francois Hollande sides with Macron and calls the French to vote for him “for the sake of France and Europe.” At the same time, Nicolas Dupont-Aignan, a right-wing politician who ran for the Presidential but only gathered 4.7% votes in the first round, aligns with Marine Le Pen.

Macron could perhaps defeat Trump if a “battle of who contradicts himself the most” was organised.

  • In December 2014, he identifies as a socialist. Fast forward to August 2016 and he affirms that he is not.
  • In November 2016, written black on white in his book “Révolution”, he believes giving a fine instead of a jail sentence would be much better whereas in February 2017 during his interview with French newspaper Le Figaro, he no longer believes in its decriminalisation.
  • Once again in February 2017, he says he is against the use of fossil fuels as opposed to his statement on the subject in May 2016.

Can such an indecisive person govern France?


 


 

The French Elections could have a big impact on the future of Europe, starting with the fact France could possibly leave the EU which would affect the economy drastically whether positively or negatively. Besides that, France is likely to leave the Schengen Area if Le Pen becomes the president, resulting in stricter controls at the borders – which wouldn’t be a bad idea considering the catastrophic security crisis that France suffers from at the moment. Let me make something clear, France would still accept legal immigrants. In actual fact, Le Pen wants to cut the number of immigrants incoming to ten thousand at most per year.

Illegal immigrants have no reason to stay in France, these people broke the law the minute they set foot on French soil.”

“French citizenship should be either inherited or merited.”

Her comments contrast very much with Emmanuel Macron’s words, who believes that “there is not a French culture” which is an insult to any respectable Frenchmen, to French History and to all those that fought for the nation.


I have to admit that I am biased but I am trying to keep a factual account of events. I don’t believe that Le Pen is a bigot for prioritising the French over other nationalities, for trying to give France back to them instead of following the orders of diplomats sitting comfortably in Brussels, discussing futile bills.

 

As Maltese citizen, how would you feel if one of your politicians told you that there is no culture in Malta, but a cultural diversity?

 

Dora Marossy

I’m an 18-year-old, Caucasian, third culture kid and aspiring genetic engineer, currently attending Junior College. I absolutely love Peter James’ Perfect People, staying in bed as long as I can, fluffy sweaters and sushi.

Although I want to work in the medical field, I think that my words have value and deserve to be heard. My goal isn’t to change your opinion about something but rather contribute to its build up. Thus, even if it’s only a little, I know that my voice was heard.

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