Lessons From France

Emmanuel Macron

Emmanuel Macron, who won the Presidential election, was seen as not good but better than neo-fascist Marine Le Pen. Macron portrayed himself as a pro-Europe new broom but it’s the old nasty austerity medicine – lengthen the working week and cut workers’ rights, benefits and so on . No wonder voter turnout was down to 66%. 40% who voted for him said that they didn’t actually support him! 11% lodged either blank or spoilt ballots.

Things could well fall apart and another big shock happen. The collapse of the old order was shown by the virtual disappearance of the two established “left” and “right” parties and they aren’t coming back. Jan-Luc Melenchon, the independent socialist who gained 9m votes in the first round, could be the one to challenge and defeat Le Pen if that happens.

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