PARIS, FRANCE — Far Right candidate Marine Le Pen has predictably advanced in an era where populism has surged to the forefront. Moderate candidate Macron has a higher percentage but this blogger feels that the ominous outcome of multiple terrorist attacks has soured any chance at liberal politics in France. Some can say that liberalism has backfired worldwide.
NY Times sums the content up as follows:
The two winners will rely on starkly different bases of support in the runoff on May 7.
Ms. Le Pen captured areas with high unemployment and low wages, where she campaigned on pledges to stop immigration and renegotiate France’s relationship with the European Union.
Mr. Macron dominated in economically dynamic areas and large cities, like Paris and Bordeaux, where his pro-business and socially progressive platform resonated with educated voters.