HPRgument: French Presidential Election

Introduction

On May 7, French voters will go to the polls yet again to vote in the second round of the country's presidential election, the outcome of which will have huge ramifications for both France and the European Union. The candidates featured in the election—En Marche!'s Emmanuel Macron and Front National's Marine Le Pen—differ sharply in their attitudes towards the European project, and represent alternative visions of France's place in an increasingly globalized world economy. In the lead-up to the vote, HPR writers Sunaina Danziger and Cat Zheng weigh in with thoughts on the viability of Macron's centrist-outsider model, and the implications of Jean-Luc Mélenchon's earlier bid for the Élysée.   Image credit: Flikr/Lorie Shaull


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