All Eyes On French Election This Weekend
There is a most important first-round election taking place this week in France. And it impacts our world.
There is no doubt that the terrorist attack in Paris this week is reminding the world of the stakes in this weekend’s French election. The harsh racism of Marine Le Pen of the far-right National Front party welcomes the headlines as it plays into her rotting narrative. Immigrations and thrashing the Islamic faith have been her trademarks. While Donald Trump isn’t endorsing a candidate there is no doubt where he stand. Populism run amok was the way he steamed his way into the White House and he would love to see Le Pen do the same in France. His tweet said as much when he wrote “The people of France will not take much more of this. Will have a big effect on presidential election!”
The French election has also given way to a potential proxy war playing out between Trump and his predecessor, President Obama. While Trump has stopped short of an outright endorsement, Obama weighed in by giving another front-runner candidate Emmanuel Macron a phone call this week. There is no doubt the final two candidates for the second-round of votes will be Macron and Le Pen. But will the populist anger and tossing aside of reason and facts spread over that European country as it did here?
One of the reason this matters so much to America and all in the world is the foreign policy of the Trump White House. I need not write here that the bluster and swagger is not the diplomatic type that makes for a safer world. Should Le Pen prevail in the second round it would test the world in very profound ways. It also would place into question the moral failings of those who supported her candidacy–as the vile nature of her views can be no more accepted by the world community than those of Trump.
A final view of the polls show that Centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen are virtually tied in the polls, with conservative François Fillon and far-left firebrand Jean-Luc Mélenchon not far behind.
Let us pray for sanity.